At Christmas, the consumption of typical desserts increases and many of these tradicional recipes use fruits in syrup as the main ingredient or as an accompaniment. Fruit in syrup is also used in emblematic desserts such as the Roscón de Reyes or the Panettone.
Most pastry chefs opt for fruits in syrup for Christmas to provide their creations more consistency, flavor and texture, in this way they can use seasonal fruits at any time of the year and with the same quality and flavor. Let’s see how to get the most out of this type of fruit.
Fruits in syrup at Christmas, which ones are used the most?
At Christmas, fruits in syrup are used very often by pastry professionals, they frecuently use cherries in syrup , peaches, pineapple, apple, orange, kiwi, blackberry and strawberries, among others.
These fruits in syrup can be used as an ingredient in cakes, pies or tartlets, but also as an accompaniment in yogurts, ice cream, cupcakes, etc. Now let´s see some ideas to use these fruits in syrup on your Christmas desserts.
Fruits in syrup cocktail with condensed milk
This delicious dessert is ideal to finish a copious meal with a sweet touch and admits different combinations of fruits in syrup depending on the creativity of the chef and his ability to innovate. For example, you can try a red fruits cocktail with strawberries, blackberries and cherries in syrup , or maybe something more refreshing like for example, apples, oranges and kiwis.
To make this recipe, put some biscuit powder into a blender, and to that add some lemon juice, condensed milk and the fruits in syrup of your choice along with some of the liquid of the can they come in. It is served in a glass and as a nutty touch we can put chopped walnuts or almonds and a cherry to decorate.
Fruits in syrup pudding
This dessert also helps to easen up your digestion after big dinners such as Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. We can use all kinds of fruits in syrup to make a delicious fruit salad.
When preparing it, we use milk up to half a liter together with the syrup liquid from the fruits in syrup. We also include cinnamon, eggs, lemon zest, muffins or other types of buns, such as a croissant, sobaos, Swiss, etc. First, boil the milk with the lemon zest, the cinnamon, the sugar and the syrup. Then the eggs and the buns are added and blended with the mixer. Afterwards, the fruit is crushed depending on whether you want to give the dessert a finer or thicker texture. The mixture is baked in a mold and stored in the refrigerator before serving.
Fruit salad with soft nougat
This dessert is perfect if you want to enjoy a product as typical and delicious as nougat in a different way. It is a suggestion as simple as it is practical and depending on how you combine the ingredients, the result can be very different each time.
First, the combination of fruits in syrup is chosen for the fruit salad, taking into account not only the textures and flavors, but also the colors so that the visual effect is attractive. Afterwards, you can add some crushed nuts, like almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts, but you can also try pistachios, pine nuts or cashews, for example. Then we add pieces of nougat, preferably from Jijona.
The interesting thing about this dessert is the combination of the sweet nougat, the freshness of the fruits and the crunchy nuts. The fruits in syrup that may be the best combination in this dessert are pear, apple, banana, orange or kiwi. The temperature contrast between the coldness of the fruit and the ambient temperature of the other ingredients is also important.
Another variant of this is to make a nougat cream in the blender with egg yolks, nougat and liquid cream. Everything is crushed well and heated on the fire until it is a little thicker, but it does not have to boil. Several egg whites are added to give the cream more consistency and it is left to cool for several hours in the refrigerator. When serving, you can add pieces of fruits in syrup along with cookie crumbs or crunchy almonds.
Chocolate Trunk with Christmas Fruits
Fruits combine very well with chocolate and a dessert with one of the star ingredients could not be missing. The freshness and acidity of the fruit soften the intense flavor of the chocolate, in addition to providing a very suitable color for the Christmas holidays. The trunk is a rolled cocoa cake that can be filled in different ways, for example with pieces of fruits in syrup such as oranges, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or kiwi. The mixture of flavors will undoubtedly surprise more than one.
As we can see, fruits in syrup at Christmas offer many alternatives to professionals when it comes to preparing their desserts at these very endearing parties. At Lazaya we have been experts in canned fruits for more than 80 years. Professionals trust the quality of our extensive catalog and the variety of formats. Contact us and tell us what you need.