Cherry pie, peach cobbler, blueberry muffins - even in the dead of winter you can enjoy these wonderful foods without paying a premium price for fresh fruit. Simply buy frozen fruits for recipes calling for fresh fruit, and use these substitution techniques.
USING FROZEN FRUIT
-- Buy unsweetened frozen fruit as a substitute for fresh fruit. You'll find that some frozen fruits (such as strawberries and peaches) are available both sweetened and unsweetened. Read the label and ingredient list to determine if a product has added sugar.
-- If a recipe calls for chopped fruit, chop the fruit while still frozen and use immediately. If allowed to thaw, the juices may discolor a batter.
-- Rinse the frozen fruit with cold water if necessary to break up large ice clumps.
-- Mix the frozen fruit with sugar and thickener (flour, cornstarch or tapioca) called for in your recipe. Let this mixture stand about 30 minutes or until a syrup forms; then fill the pastry shell.
-- Bake the pie about 25 to 30 minutes longer than a fresh fruit pie. To prevent overbrowning, cover the crust with foil during the first part of the baking time.
-- Thaw the frozen fruit but do not drain. Mix the fruit and juices as directed for fresh fruit in your recipe and continue as the recipe directs. Allow 5 to 10 minutes extra baking time.
-- It is not necessary to thaw frozen fruit because it will thaw when cooked. Follow your recipes as directed for fresh fruit. No extra baking time is needed.
MUFFINS, QUICK BREADS, PANCAKES
-- Stir chopped frozen fruit into the batter. Do not thaw or the juices will cause the batter to discolor.