Monday, April 21, 2008

Four (or is it Five?) Fantastic Feijoa Recipes!

Well the feijoas are falling from the trees thick and fast. While we have a tree, as does my mother - and usually this is enough to keep us supplied, this year one of my mothers friends announced she has trees laden, with the fruit rotting as there were too many for them! Well, we had to put a stop to that immediately and trooped over there to gather a good many bags of the little green goodies.
Feijoas are one of those trees that every Kiwi has in their back yards and is available for such a short time that they are usually devoured with relish. We certainly haven't had enough to make relish that is for sure! But for some reason, because they are so plentiful it kind of goes against the grain to actually pay for feijoas, even though they have now become quite trendy (One of 42 Below Vodka's most popular flavours is feijoa!).
Only when they are in oversupply does one think what more can be done with them. It turns out, quite alot!
I have started really looking forward to the fruit ripening on our tree just for this one recipe alone. It is a magical flavour combination- my first reaction to the idea of it was eeeewwww, but it really works. I made this one for the kind pheasant meat supplier as a thankyou, I decorated it with sour cream icing, based loosely on the ganache for the Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake from Nigella's Feast. (I am always loose with icing recipes, I just do what 'looks' right even if I start with a recipe!!!!)

Chocolate Feijoa Cake
185g butter
3/4 c caster sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c peeled chopped feijoas
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2c Self Raising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c cocoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c sour cream.

Heat oven to 180c.
Combine feijoas, brown sugar and cinnamon in bowl and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Stir sour cream into feijoa mix and combine well.

Sift dry ingredients into creamed butter/sugar/eggs and add in feijoa mix, combine well. Transfer batter into prepared tin (I use a ring tin) and smooth top evenly. Bake 40-45mins, or until skewer/knife comes out clean. Sit for 5 mins before turning out.

Next up is a very easy but stunningly flavoursome - Feijoa Sorbet. We first ate this at Logan Brown's gorgeous restaurant in Wellington which we have only eaten at a couple of times, both times memorable (and expensive, but worth it!). I cheekily asked for the recipe which they happily gave me! My son has become a dab hand at making it (I love that he will patiently sieve the seeds out of the fruit puree!) and it is so simple but so outstanding! If you love feijoas, this takes things to a whole new level!

Feijoa Sorbet

3kg feijoas
3 lemons, juiced
350ml sugar syrup
50 ml glucose

Place lemon juice in a bowl. Half the feijoas and spoon out the flesh, place in the juice. Puree in the food processor, then pass through a sieve.Add the syrup and glucose. Add a little green food colouring. Pop into an icecream maker and churn or pop into an icecream container, freeze, then break into blocks and put back in food processor to whip up (it should lighten in both texture and colour. When smooth and 'fluffy' pop back in the container to freeze. It is then ready to be used!

For something a little different I also made Feijoa Jelly - my mother very kindly made the juice up for me to just turn into jelly. It is very simple though, you just peel the fruit, cover with water and boil until very soft and pulpy. You then whiz it up and put it into a jelly bag and suspend the bag over a bowl to get all the lovely liquid out of it. With the juice you end up with (discard the pulp) you put a cup of sugar to each cup of juice you have (one for one) and boil it up as you would jam, until it gets to that 'set' stage. Pop in a hot and sterilised jar with a seal lid (as you would jam). Mum also had crabapple juice from some crabapples she had gotten so this got made also. Both were just fabulous served up with freshly made lemonade and cream scones (my new favourite scone recipe!) I have several jars stored away for when I feel like something a little different on scones or my toast!

Feijoas also make the most gorgeous chutney, I made this one to serve up with the pheasant terrine we had a few days ago but it is the perfect foil for just about any kind of cheese too!
This makes about 6 smallish jars.......
Feijoa Chutneys
1.5 kg feijoas
1 kg onions
1/2 cup crystallised ginger
2 cups sultanans
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cloves
3 teaspoons curry powder
2 tablespoons salt
1 litre malt vinegar

1.Peel and chop the feijoas and onions and slice the ginger finely. Combine all ingredients in a large pan and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer until thick, then pour into jars. Seal when cold.

Finally although not a recipe, the other use for this excellent supply of feijoas is with crumble for dessert. I usually put apple in too, this is just the most yummy and easy dessert! I love autumn!


Anonymous said...

Feijoa jelly and lemonade scones?? Saw that on tastespotting and knew you had to be a kiwi! Gorgeous recipes - I think I'll have to try the gelato this weekend.
Did you know you can make feijoa jelly with just the skins? Good way to use up the whole fruit -although it doesn't sound like you need to worry about that at the moment!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so good Linda. Oh how I wish I could get Feijoas here.

hungryandfrozen said...


Everything looks so good Linda. Every time I went to make something, I just ended up eating the darn stuff (you know, cut it in half, scoop out the flesh, eat, start again!)

That chocolate cake looks divine. Hopefully we have enough fruit left to try it this weekend!

Thinking About Food said...

I know what you mean Laura, I was scooping out the rest of them today to freeze them before they all went bad and it was one for the freezer, one for me......

Anonymous said...

Lemonade scones! They look absolutely divine. I *must* try them.


Maria♥ said...

Wow I had never heard of this fruit and now I wish we could get them here in the UK. Linda I am drooling at the sight of that Chocolate Cake!!


Deborah said...

I have never even heard of a feijoa, but it sounds wonderful!

hungryandfrozen said...

I made that chocolate cake - it's delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)
Laura xo

Rosie said...

I have never heard of Feijoas until now, pity we can't get them here! Everything looks stunning and oh boy that choccy cake I am so in love with ;)

Rosie x

Rhyleysgranny said...

This looks so amazing. Never heard of theses and just look what you can do with them.
Pop over to my blog Linda there is something there for you

Thinking About Food said...

Glad you liked the cake Laura!

Anonymous said...

Just made the chocolate feijoa cake - a real hit with the family. Thank you for sharing the recipe