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How to Bake with Fruit Puree Instead of Fat

How to Bake with Fruit Puree Instead of Fat

Fruit purees can be used successfully to replace some of the fat in baked goods.

Drained applesauce, strained baby food fruit, or a puree of prunes and water all work well. You can also use a puree of water and any dried fruit, such as dried apples, apricots, or peaches. The quickest option: a product called fruit puree fat replacement, carried in most supermarkets. It’s a combination of pureed fruits and lecithin, a natural emulsifier found in corn, soybeans, and egg yolks.

Homemade Fat Replacement
Cut 2 apples and 2 pears into chunks and place in a saucepan with 2/3 cup water and 1 tablespoon each lemon juice and lecithin granules (available in health food stores). Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook 40 minutes, mashing occasionally. Press through a sieve or food mill. Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 6 months. To use, substitute fat replacement for about two-thirds of the total amount of oil, butter, or shortening in baked goods, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil. For example, to replace 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, use 5 tablespoons fat replacement and 2 tablespoons oil. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

Prune Puree
Puree 1/2 cup pitted prunes (or equal amounts of prunes and dried apples) and 1/4 cup water in a blender or processor until smooth. The dark color and strong flavor of this fat replacement make it best suited to chocolate-based or heavily spiced baked goods. To replace 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, use 1/3 cup prune puree. Makes about 2/3 cup.

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Excerpted from Brilliant Food Tips and Cooking Tricks, by David Joachim David Joachim. Copyright (c) 2001 by Rodale, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Excerpted from Brilliant Food Tips and Cooking Tricks, by David Joachim David Joachim.

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4:07PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Interesting article, but I rarely bake now.

4:01PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

I have heard that this is so much better for you, plus you get your fruit too. What about vege purees? You can do the same, cook with them.

4:54AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

interesting ideas, but I don't bake :-)

2:22AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

great to get this info as it can be applied to any recipe. Thank you.

1:10AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thanks for the information.

11:28AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

good to know

11:04AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you Annie.

1:24PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Thanks for the info.

12:15PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

That's a new one for me. Thank you.

7:49AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Thank you

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