Easy microwave Feijoa Cake

Easy microwave Feijoa Cake
Feijoas are in season in New Zealand in autumn (April and May)
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Feijoas are in season in New Zealand in autumn (April and May)

Feijoas are a New Zealand favourite

The feijoa (or Pineapple Guava) has a distinctive flavour. It is an extremely versatile fruit, as it can be used in sweet and savoury recipes. They are a New Zealand favourite, but are not native to this country, as they originally grew in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina.  Feijoas were brought to New Zealand in the 1920s, and new varieties have been developed over the years.

I have to admit that I don’t like to eat fresh feijoas, although my daughter and husband love scooping out the middles with a spoon, and eating them as they are.

I do love feijoas in chutneys, cakes, muffins and crumbles though, the floral flavour and slightly gritty texture is perfect in those recipes.

Image of a kitchen bench top with eggs ready for using in baking
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Eggs ready for use in baking

Feijoa Cake recipe – made in the microwave

This recipe is an adaption of a recipe from Edmonds Microwave Cookery Book.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 200 grams feijoa pulp (the middle of the feijoas, smooshed up)
  • 50 grams butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 cups standard flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Icing:

  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • Water, enough to mix to a soft icing

Method:

Combine milk and coconut in a bowl. Leave to soak for about 15 minutes.

Place butter and sugar in a large microwave-proof jug. Cover and cook on high (100%) for 1 minute, or until butter has melted.

Add eggs, vanilla, feijoa pulp and coconut mixture. Beat to combine.

Sift flour and baking powder. Fold sifted ingredients into wet mixture until just combined.

Lightly grease a 20cm microwave-proof ring mould. Pour the cake mixture into the mould.

Cook in the microwave, elevated on a microwave rack (I don’t have one of these, I put the ring mould on a plate), on high for 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 minutes, or until the top surface of the cake is just set.

Cover with a paper towel/tea towel and leave to stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. When cold, ice with the icing.

Icing:

Place butter and icing sugar in a bowl. Add a little water, and beat well to form a soft, spreadable icing

Growing Feijoas in your garden

Feijoa plants
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Feijoas are easy to grow in your garden They usually produce lots of fruit and also have beautiful flowers in summer.

Check out these links for information about growing feijoas:

If you enjoyed this recipe, you may like my post about recipes using lemons. Let me know how you get on with the recipes.

Thanks for reading, and as always, I welcome your comments.

Pippa