Recycling the Summer Abundance: Soft Fruit Pulp Cookies

“God will overflow your cup, so grab the biggest one you can find.” Rob Liano

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Summer usually means a heavenly abundance of fresh fruit…An apple tree in the garden? A raspberry bush nearby? A strawberry field just a few meters away?… The summer often produces goods to a quantity that no family is able to eat whilst the fruit is still fresh. Using slightly over-ripened fruit, in majority of the households – leads to bottles of syrup or jars of jam.

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It’s a common problem this time of year — the abundance of beautiful, ripe fruit leads the hungry eye to pick up more than one can possibly eat before those fruits get soft and squishy. Pancake sauce, salad dressing, smoothies and popsicles are also among the most common uses and by all means, they are wonderful. However, using the mushy, super sweet fruit pulp in quick bakes, like cobbler, crumble and pie, offer more sophisticated kitchen recycling projects. Making a cookie with fruit pulp might be a little different, but with a refreshing ice tea it delivers a light, instant joy. It is also a way to make the fruit-averse eat a healthy portion…

“Live from abundance; Utilize with economy; Share in advance.” Geoffrey M. Gluckman

Ingredients
320 g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Zest of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
300 g granulated sugar
115 g butter, softened
200-230 g fruit puree
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Boiled Icing

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Method
Preheat oven to 180° C. Grease baking sheets.Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in the fruit puree, egg and vanilla extract until smooth (use as much that the mixture does not become wet). Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. In the meantime prepare the boiled icing, and roll cooled cookies into the icing so they become completely covered.

“If you stop giving, you stop the stream of abundance.” Lailah Gifty Akita

One thought on “Recycling the Summer Abundance: Soft Fruit Pulp Cookies

  1. And after knowing what to do after reaping a great summer harvest of fruit, there is the perfect quote to end it: “If you stop giving, you stop the stream of abundance.”

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