I found jackfruit again at Metro and grabbed two big packages of it. One for my neighbour who hates going grocery stopping and one for my family. The problem is my family isn’t a huge fan of jackfruit. They just can’t get over the smell of it, even though it’s seriously a cross between their two favourite fruits, bananas and mangoes. And it’s seriously good. After eating a bowl of jackfruit today, I realised there was no way I was going to be able to eat the whole pound (1/2kilo) package that I bought.
Last time I bought jackfruit I made Jackfruit Fritters which were super duper yummy! The kids loved them even after I told them it was that stinky fruit. The only problem was my house stunk from frying it. Not just from the scent that heated oil makes, but there was a strong peculiar smell that even the maintenance guy who was fixing something was repulsed by.
Instead, this time, I decided to make a simple bundt cake with jackfruits. I wanted to pair the jackfruit with another fruit. I tend to find food pairing inspiration from dishes that I’ve eaten before. But other than eating the jackfruit raw or as a fritter, I’ve never had it before. So what’s a gal to do?
As I said jackfruit tastes like a cross between a mango and banana. And what fruit tastes yummy with mangoes and bananas? Blueberries! And that’s how the Jackfruit and Blueberry Bundt Cake came to be!
I have bags and bags of frozen blueberries in my freezer. I ate a frozen blueberry with a piece of jackfruit and it was really nice.
Sometimes baking something different means taking a risk. I decided to write this article as the cake was baking and post how it went tasted after I taste it in 45 minutes…
Tick tock tick tock…. I hate waiting. I should really work on being more patient….
Ok now that it’s done baking let’s talk about what we have here.
The smell is wonderful honestly. Yes it still smells like jackfruit but it smells really good and sweet. The blueberries and jackfruit are pocking out all over the top of the cake making it so gorgeous. After 10mminutes I flipped it over. Still gorgeous! Ooooh I’m so excited to try this!!
I loved it! The cake was very moist and not too sweet. The tartness of the blueberries really mellowed out the poignant flavour of the jackfruit. Now the flavour didn’t work for everyone. While Mr. Nomad, my maid and Aparna all really liked it, Molly thought it was just Meh…
The next time you’re at Metro or the fruit market, and you see jackfruit, pick it up and give this cake a try. There’s a 75% chance you’re going to love it!
If you come across jackfruit, don't be scared to buy it! This is a delicious recipe to use it up!
- 1 1/2 Cups Flour
- 2t Baking Powder
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2t Almond Extract
- 1 1/2t Lemon Juice
- 1/4t Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Laban or Greek Yogurt
- 1/3 Cup Applesauce
- 1 1/2 Cups Blueberries (toss in a 1T of flour to prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom when baking)
- 300g Jackfruit
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
- In a medium sized bowl, stir together remaining ingredients.
- Add jackfruit mixture to the flour mixture and stir well until fully incorporated.
- Pour the batter into a greased Bundt Pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until done. Check it by inserting a toothpick in the centre.
- Set on a wired rack to cool for 10 minutes. Then flip it out of the pan.
- Serve warm.