Today am going to share a yummy recipe - Home made tutti frutti or candied papaya .I love to have tutti frutti as is and tried making them at home once i saw this recipe . .. They where so fresh and tasted same as tutti frutti which we get in market .. Now i can proudly say that i can make tutti frutti at home.. Some of my friends where at my home last week munched some tutti frutti and gave me compliment that they really tasted like a tutti frutti :) i was so happy.. Tutti frutti means " all fruits" in italian. It is a candy made by dicing up dried mango,papaya,apricots,cherries and other fleshy fruits and perserving them in brandy . Classicaly tutti frutti is used in ice cream and confections like spumoni(Spumoni is a special Italian dessert made of layers of ice cream, whipped cream, candied fruit, and nuts)..Here we are going to make use of Raw papaya to make a yummy tutti frutti.
Lets quickly look for ingredients and method to prepare tutti frutti using Raw papaya :)
Recipe source : Here
Granulated sugar- 2 cups
Raw papaya- 400gm ( which is nice and green in color)
Food color- Green and red- 1-2 pinch
Vanilla essence 1-2 dops
Peel the papaya -remove stalk and skin part of the raw papaya. Remove the seeds and soft white layer in the the inner part of papaya.Cut the papaya into small pieces as small as possible.
Take enough water in a deep pan to blanch the papaya. When the water boils add the papaya pieces and cover and cook for 3 mins. After 3 mins turn off the stove and let them sit for 5 mins covered. After 5 mins remove the cover off (in this stage they become transparent ) and strain the papaya .
In another pan add sugar and 2 cups water. Boil them till the sugar dissolves. After the sugar completely dissolves add the strained papaya pieces to it . Now cook them till the sugar syrup form one string consistency, it should become thick.Stir them in between.
Once the one string consistency is attained remove the pan from stove and add 2-3 drops of vanilla essence Now we are going to divide the papaya dipped in sugar syrup in to two parts as am going to make them to two different colors Take two bowls add 1-2 pinch of red and green food color respectively.Now add half of the papaya with syrup in red color and half in the green color.
Let it sit for 24 hours so that the tutti frutti soaks well in the color and sugar.After 24 hours strain the papaya completely from the syrup. Now spread the papaya pieces on a kitchen towel or a wire net dry them on open air till they are not sticky when you touch them . As it is winter it took me about 1 1/2 day to dry these. It is better use a wire rack so that it dries of soon from all the sides if you dry it in a plate you have
turn them around so that tutti frutti dries up evenly .
store them in an air tight container when they are nice and dry and use them in cakes , cookie, pudding ..