Dried grapes have been many people’s favorite dried fruit for years. The common name for this dried food is raisins. In this blog you can find the best dried fruit to make cookies and desserts. But, of course, many delicious fruits become even better when dried, like dried dates and plums.
Benefits of Dried Fruit
The fruit drying method is one of the oldest of storing and preserving food, and the benefits of dried fruits are numerous. When we eliminate moisture, we get dried fruits. Therefore, the best dried fruit is the one with the least water. Moreover, when we talk about fiber and carbohydrates, dried fruits are full of them. Also, dried fruits are low in fat, which is great if we use them for baking. On the other hand, dried fruit has many more calories than fresh fruit, so you need to eat less to experience all the benefits of dried fruit.
Dried Fruit for Baking
Using dried fruit in baking has become a practice of almost all bakers, and more and more people decide to make cakes with this fruit. Adding your favorite dried fruit is always a good idea when you want to enrich your cake nutritionally. Using dried fruit in baking, your bread and sweet cakes will get juiciness and texture you have never seen before. In addition, dried fruit for baking can raise the whole recipe to a higher level and add flavors to the dessert. Here are some excellent types of dried fruit.
Types of Dried Fruit
If you are using dried fruit in baking, you are undoubtedly familiar with its benefits and how it can raise the cake. The best dried fruit for dessert is raisins; you can use it in bread, muffins, cakes, pastries, and cinnamon rolls. Before use, be sure to soak them in warm water or some other liquid for a few minutes. If you want a unique aroma of raisins, dip them in orange juice. Read on to find out what types of raisins you can find on the market.
- Black Raisins: These are the most famous ones, and you have probably seen them somewhere in the store. Black raisins are made from Thompson seedless grapes, originally green in color but get a black patina after drying.
- White Raisins: These dried fruits are made when Muscat grapes are dried in ovens, not in the sun, to retain their specific white color.
- Sultanas: The type of dried grape most used in Europe. Sultanas are made from yellow grape varieties that are softer and sweeter.
- Currants: This type is made from the most miniature Zante variety, which is very sweet.
Ginger is a great healthy snack which you should use in small quantities. This spicy root, when dried, can improve bread and cake to a higher level with its sharp aroma. Also, it is rich in fiber.
Dried apricots are primarily used in making sweetbreads and oatmeal cookies; because they are sweet with minimal acidity. If you buy harder dried apricots, soak them in water for a few minutes, and they will be great to prepare. This dried fruit goes well with chocolate.
You can use dried cherries in literally all recipes to substitute for fresh ones. They go great with muffins, bread, cookies, and cakes.
Tricks on How to Make the Most of These Foods
Follow these few rules and tricks to make the most of these dried foods.
- Always keep in a dark and cool place that is not humid.
- Consume the bag’s contents within six months, even if it says otherwise.
- Please keep it in the refrigerator when you open the package to prevent the product from drying out and becoming hard.
Feel free to contact Medina Baking & Powder Supply if you need any help, and happy cooking!