Pacific Island - Baked Papaya Dessert

Recipe by Baby Kato
READY IN: 1hr 45mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    papayas, small, ripe, peeled, seeded, and cut in half lengthwise
  • 12
    cup sugar
  • 14
    cup water
  • 1 12
    cups coconut milk (canned, bottled, or fresh)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Place the papayas, cut side up, in a shallow baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with the sugar and add the water.
  • Bake uncovered in the middle of the oven for 1½ hours, or until the papayas are tender but still keep their shape.
  • Every half hour, pull out the oven rack and baste the papayas with the liquid from the dish.
  • For the last 5 minutes of baking raise the heat to 400°F and bake until the syrup gets thick and becomes the color of caramel.
  • Turn off the heat and pour the coconut milk into the center of the papayas.
  • Leave the papayas in the oven until the milk gets warm, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve cold, they are good either way.
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