Breads & Related Recipes
Fruit Breads are not often baked
large quantities and consequently are usually eaten at the meal for
which they are intended. Still, if any should be left over, they should
never be wasted, for there are various ways in which they may be used.
The best way to preserve them is to put them in the freezer and use as
needed. If you
didn't have a chance to do that and they are quite stale, they should
be dipped quickly into hot water before being placed in the hot oven.
moisture on the surface is driven into the interior of the bread by the
intense heat, with the result that the biscuits become moist and appear
as fresh as they did formerly.
If you are not interested to freshen them in
this way, fruit breads, biscuits, muffins, and even pieces of corn
bread that have
become slightly stale may be made delicious by splitting them and then
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Some fruits
and seeds that do not meet the botanical definition but are nuts in the
* Almonds and walnuts are the edible seeds of drupe fruits — the
leathery "flesh" is removed at harvest.
* Brazil nut is the seed from a capsule.
* Candlenut (used for oil) is a seed.
* Cashew nut is a seed.
* Coconut is a dry, fibrous drupe.
* Horse-chestnut is an inedible capsule.
* Macadamia nut is a creamy white kernel (Macadamia integrifolia).
* Malabar chestnut
* Peanut is a seed.
* Pine nut is the seed of several species of pine (coniferous trees).
* Pistachio nut is the seed of a thin-shelled drupe.
|A nut in cuisine is a
much less restrictive category than a nut in botany, as the term is
applied to many seeds that are not botanically true nuts. Any large,
oily kernel found within a shell and used in food may be regarded as a
nut. Pistachios are seeds enclosed in a tough fruit, which do not split
open enough to release the seeds.
Because nuts generally have a high oil content, they are a highly
prized food and energy source. A large number of seeds are edible by
humans and used in cooking, eaten raw, sprouted, or roasted as a snack
food, or pressed for oil that is used in cookery and cosmetics. Nuts
(or seeds generally) are also a significant source of nutrition for
wildlife. This is particularly true in temperate climates where animals
such as jays and squirrels store acorns and other nuts during the
autumn to keep them from starving during the late autumn, all of
winter, and early spring.
Nuts used for food, whether true nut or not, are among the most common