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    Paw Paw Bread

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    1 hr 15 mins

    15 mins

    1 hr

    Chef Kate's Note:

    From "South of the Sahara: Traditional Cooking from the Lands of West Africa" by Elizabeth A. Jackson. This lovely quickbread recipe can easily be doubled. Note: a large fresh papaya will yield about two cups of puree; make sure your papaya is ripe. Also note: papaya is called paw paw in West Africa--and is not related to the North American pawpaw.

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    1. 1
      Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. 2
      Butter a 9" loaf pan.
    3. 3
      Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
    4. 4
      Beat in the eggs one at a time until well mixed.
    5. 5
      Stir in the papaya puree.
    6. 6
      Sift together the flour, spices, salt and baking soda and add to papaya mixture; mix well.
    7. 7
      Stir in the raisins and nuts if you are using them (I like to use raisins that have been soaked in bourbon for this).
    8. 8
      Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about an hour or until tester comes out clean.
    9. 9
      Cool in the pan for about five minutes.
    10. 10
      Run a knife around the edges to loosen the loaf and invert the loaf onto a rack to finish cooling.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 23, 2008


      WONDERFUL BREAD, & easy to make, too! Raisins are never optional for me ~ I always would include them, & in this case, the nuts, too! VERY, VERY TASTY, & definitely a keeper! I look forward to making a larger batch & freezing some! Most definitely a keeper! [Made & reviewed while touring Africa on the Zaar World Tour 4]

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    • on March 29, 2008


      Quite pleasant. For some reason, I hadn't ever realized you could make bread with papaya, so this was an eye-opener for me. I usually leave out the raisins and nuts, to get a smooth, firm texture with a mild yet interesting flavor. (We accidentally doubled the butter one time, which still turned out with a nice texture, and a very buttery taste.) The recipe doubles well, and the bread can be frozen, so I usually just make a whole papaya's worth at once.

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    • on May 26, 2007


      I made as told and it was very good! Very moist. I only had to cook it for 40 min. Next time ( which there will be) I will asdd a bit mre cinnamon and maybe some ground cloves. Thank you for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Paw Paw Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (85 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 220.4
    Calories from Fat 65
    Total Fat 7.2 g
    Saturated Fat 4.0 g
    Cholesterol 68.1 mg
    Sodium 355.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 19.9 g
    Protein 3.7 g

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