Papaya is as versatile as any fruit when it comes to creating popular desserts. The sweet yellow-orange flesh of the fruit adds a subtle flavor and soft texture to many recipes. Fruit salad or frozen sweet, common papaya desserts run the gambit from simple to sophisticated. The key is to use ripe papayas, which are sweet and work well for desserts, as opposed to unripe papayas, which are tart and work well for relishes.
Tasty Frozen Treats
Creamy ingredients and papaya are a natural match, especially when you chill the results into a frozen treat. Blend papaya and vanilla ice cream for a basic creme de papaya dessert. Drizzle creme de cassis, a black current liqueur, over the chilled treat to give it a traditional Brazilian touch. You can also blend the papaya with French vanilla or chocolate ice cream for an extra-rich flavor. Try the fruit blended with lime sorbet for a tangy treat or go with mango sorbet and papaya for a tropical taste.
Tempting Fruit Salads
A basic fruit salad is one of the easiest desserts to create with fresh papaya. Toss papaya, mango and pineapple together for a simple sweet. Mix papaya, pineapple, green apple, candied lime zest and lime juice together for a dessert with zip. Go for a potently sweet treat by drizzling papaya, bananas and strawberries with an orange juice and honey sauce.
Yummy Tropical Pies
Papaya pairs as well with pie crust as it does with ice cream. Bake sliced papaya in a traditional pie crust and top with vanilla ice cream for a classic dessert. Mix diced papaya, diced mango and coconut cream in a graham cracker crust for a Caribbean style cream pie. For a no-bake treat, layer sliced papaya, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas and sliced kiwis in a premade macadamia nut crust.
Scrumptious Fruit Cakes
Mashed or diced, papaya adds an exotic flavor to any cake. Mix mashed papaya, ground cardamom and chopped cashews into yellow cake batter for a sophisticated sweet. Create a nutty and fruity sweet by tossing diced papaya into coconut cake batter. Combine mashed papaya with cream cheese and powdered sugar to make rich frosting for a pineapple cake.
Papaya and rice are a flavorful pairing, especially when it comes to desserts. Go for a simple dessert by sprinkling diced papaya over rice pudding. Mix mashed papaya, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, rice, milk, sugar and eggs to create a robust dessert with bite. Stir diced papaya, diced pineapple and brown sugar into rice pudding for a heady sweet.