What Bakers Should Know about Fruit Purees

What Bakers Should Know about Fruit Purees

Written by: Dennis Reinhardt

|

Time to read 4 min

Fruit purees can be used in a lot of different ways and can improve the taste of baked goods. These smooth, concentrated fruit mixes naturally add sweetness, flavor, and moisture to muffins, cakes, breads, and other baked goods. Also, fruit purees can be used in place of some butter or oil in recipes. You won't even notice a difference in the way your treats taste.

What are Fruit Purees?

Fruit purees are simply fruits that have been cooked down and mashed or blended into a smooth consistency. During the cooking process, the fruits soften, and their natural sugars caramelize and concentrate, resulting in a flavorful, slightly thickened sauce. Some fruit purees may have additional sweeteners added to enhance their taste.

Why it's a Good idea to Bake with Fruit Purees

Natural Sweetness: Fructose is a natural sugar that comes from plants and is found in fruit purees. In some recipes, this can help them use less white sugar.

Intense Flavors: Fruit purees have strong fruit flavors that can make baked goods taste more alive and real.

Added Moisture: Fruit purees have water in them, which helps baked goods stay soft and moist. They won't dry out or fall apart this way.

Fat Replacement: To lower the amount of fat and calories in your treats, you can use fruit purees instead of some of the butter or oil called for in a recipe.

Nutritional Benefits: Good for you: Fruit purees add some fiber, vitamins, and minerals to baked goods, but not all of them.

Fruit Purées that are Often Used in Baking

Applesauce: Many recipes use applesauce instead of butter to cut down on the fat. Fruit purees make bread, cookies, and cakes moist and taste like apples.

Banana Puree: Pancakes, muffins, and banana bread taste and feel smoother when they are made with ripe banana fruit purees.

Pumpkin Puree: Pumpkin puree is great for making pumpkin pies, cakes, and bread in the fall. It feels smooth and tastes warm and spicy.c

Mango Puree: Tropical mango puree adds a bright, exotic taste to cakes, tarts, and smoothies.

Strawberry Puree: This bright and sweet strawberry puree is great for making frostings, sauces, and cakes taste better.

Homemade vs. Store-Bought Fruit Purees

You can buy fruit purees or make them yourself. Store-bought purees are usually near the baking supplies or next to the canned fruits. So that you can make your own recipes, buy purees that don't have any extra sugar or flavorings added to them.

Any fruit will do when you make fruit purees at home. You can also choose how thick and sweet the purée is. You only need to wash, peel, and cut up the fruit. Don't keep the stems, seeds, or pits. Over low heat, stir the fruit around a few times as it cooks until it is very soft. Add water and mash or mix until smooth if you want it to be more like a sauce.

How to Create Your Own Fruit Puree


  1. Start with good, ripe vegetables for the best taste and texture.

  2. If you need to, peel the fruit, wash it, and cut it up.

  3. Put the fruit in a pot. Turn it over a few times while cooking on low heat until it gets very soft and slightly browned.

  4. Take it away from the heat and let it cool down a bit.

  5. Mash the fruit with a potato masher or fork to make a mush with more chunks. Use a food processor or mixer to blend the puree more smoothly.

  6. You can add water or fruit juice to thin out the puree if it's too thick.

  7. Fruit purées that you make yourself can be kept in the freezer for several months or in the fridge for up to a week.

Adjusting Recipes to Incorporate Fruit Purees

There will be more water in a mix if you add fruit purees. You will need to make some changes. Most of the time, you only need half as much mush as liquid (like milk), butter, or oil. Let's say that 1 cup of oil is called for in the recipe. Half a cup of oil and half a cup of mush.

There's no need to make any other changes if up to 1 cup is added. The purees are mostly used for taste or sweetness. But for bigger amounts, you'll need to make sure there is just the right amount of wetness.

Keep in mind that adding fruit mush can make baked goods thicker than what the recipe calls for. If you want the structure to stay light, you could add an extra 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda or powder to help it rise.

Tips for Baking with Fruit Purees

  1. Experiment with different fruits and combinations to create unique flavors.
  2. Use purees as a natural food coloring to tint frostings, glazes, and batters.
  3. Spices that go well with fruit purees, like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom, can be added to make it taste better.
  4. You can use purees instead of fat. Start with a little and keep adding more until the mix is just right.
  5. Let frozen purees thaw all the way through and mix them around well before adding them to your batter or dough.

Fruit Puree Flavor Combinations to Try

Strawberry-Basil: Add fresh basil to strawberry puree to make cakes and muffins taste sweet and spicy.

Mango and Lime: To give cakes, smoothies, and pies a tropical taste, mix mango juice and lime zest.

Sweet and Spicy: Grate fresh ginger and mix it with peach puree to make bread and buns taste spicy and sweet.

Pumpkin-Chai: Pour pumpkin juice into drinks and cakes to make them taste warm and cozy. Add chai spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves to the mix.

Apple-Cinnamon: Mix applesauce with ground cinnamon to make muffins, cakes, and breads taste like they're always made that way.

Summary

People who bake know that fruit purees are a secret weapon for making treats naturally sweet, tasty, and moist. If you try different fruits and make changes to the recipes as needed, you can make a lot of different fruit-based treats that will wow your family and friends. Don't be afraid to try mixing flavors in new ways. I can choose from so many things!