Get in Touch

  • Facebook App Icon
  • Pinterest App Icon
  • Twitter App Icon
  • Instagram App Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon

© 2016 by Chef Jennifer M. Denlinger.  All Rights Reserved

Join us

  • Facebook App Icon
  • Instagram App Icon
  • Twitter App Icon
  • Pinterest App Icon

December 26, 2017

December 21, 2017

October 8, 2017

April 17, 2017

Please reload

Recent Posts

Here's to a lucky you in 2018

December 29, 2017

1/10
Please reload

Featured Posts

Carambola

April 20, 2011

Carambola

 

Carambola, Averrha carambola, is commonly referred to as star fruit.

The carambola tree is a native of Celon and the Moluccas.  Today, it grows in tropical and sub tropical climates.

            The tree grows between 20 and 33 feet high.  It produces sweet smelling pink, or purplish flowers.

            The fruit of the tree is between 2 and 5 inches long, 1 to 2-1/2 inches in diameter, and 3 to 4 oz in weight.  It has five prominent ribs, that run the entire length of the fruit.  When sliced crosswise, the slices are shaped like a star.  The edible skin is waxy, and pale yellow, turning golden when ripe.  The edges turn a little brown.

            The star fruit has flesh that is crisp and juicy.  It contains 2 to 12 flat seeds.  The flavor of the star fruit is sweet and slightly acidic, sometimes sour and tart.  Once picked, the sugar content will not increase.

            The cousin of the carambola is the Bilimbi, A. bilimbe.  It is a related species from Malaysia.  It has smaller ribs, juicy flesh and 6-7 flat seeds.  It is greenish- yellow in color, and is firmer and more acidic than the carambola.  The bilimbi is rarely eaten raw.

            The carambola is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, oxalic, and tartaric and malic acid.

 

 

Carambola Upside Down Cake

 

3-4 carambolas, sliced thick

1/4 cup butter, melted

2/3 cup dark brown sugar

juice of 2 passion fruit

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups cake flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

 

            Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Arrange sliced carambolas in bottom of a greased 9” cake pan as close together as possible.  Mix together 1/4 cup butter, sugar, passionfruit juice and pour into pan, turning so mixture covers bottom.  Set aside.

            Cream together 1/2 cup butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.

            Mix together dry ingredients.  Add flour mixture, alternately with milk, to butter mixture.  Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.  Pour into prepared cake pans.

            Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cake pulls away form sides of pan.  Let cool for five minutes before inverting onto serving plate.

 

Serves 8.

 

 

 

© 2011 Chef Jennifer M. Denlinger       All rights reserved

 

Cite me:  Denlinger, J.  (2011, April 20).  Carambola.  Retrieved from:  FloridaChef.net

Please reload

Feasting Florida

Enjoying a sustainable, organic, lifestyle indulging in all Florida's Cuisines throughout the seasons

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square