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Honeydew Cream Pie
The Honeydew is one of the world’s most popular melons and summer fruits. The light, mellow color of this melon’s flesh engages the eye, while the fragrance is subtle and floral without being musky as some old-world melons can be when ripe. Better yet is the taste of Honeydews –one that is at once sweet –hence the “honey” name- and with an undercurrent of tartness.
As for nutritional value, Honeydew makes a healthy presence on any table. Here are some facts about this melon -
1 cup provides for the average adult:
6% dietary fiber
53% daily requirement of vitamin C
2% of daily requirement for vitamin A and Iron
and 1% daily requirement of calcium
Further health benefits about Honeydew melons include:
LOW in saturated fat
Low in sodium
High in potassium
High in vitamin B6
Is LOW in cholesterol
It contains NO saturated fats
The only drawback some individuals may have with Honeydews is that they are high in sugar. If you are diabetic always follow your physician’s advice before eating this melon.
Honeydew indeed has a lot to boast about. For some the melon is also one of the most looked-forward treats of the summer. It can be eaten by itself or used in delicious drinks, salads, ice creams and desserts. Certain food experts suggest that all melons, including Honeydew, should be eaten only at the very end of a meal or by themselves in order to insure proper digestion. As with other melons, the rind should never be eaten, as it can cause diarrhea or indigestion.
To determine if your Honeydew is ripe check first the color of the rind; it should be a balanced creamy beige shade all over (NEVER green). Also, the underneath of the Honeydew (the part that sits on the ground while it was growing) should feel slightly pliable to the touch (NEVER mushy).
Due to its naturally sweet flavor Honeydew has become a popular liqueur flavor. However, because of the high water content of the melon it can be messy to bake with. If the melon is overly ripe or grew in extremely humid conditions the water content may be high, which can make for an ingredient that possibly makes your dessert soggy. An alternative to using the fresh fruit/melon for baking is in using the liqueur for flavor.
The following pie recipe uses the Honeydew liqueur and makes a dessert that is creamy without being heavy. I also think it is the perfect topper for a summer banquet and the kids love it. For this recipe I use prepared pie crusts, but the more adventurous baker can make their own crust beforehand if preferred.
1 9 inch prepared graham cracker pie shell
2 (8 oz.) unfrozen pkg. cream cheese
½ cup sour cream
¾ cup sugar
dash of salt
2 ½ tbsp. Honeydew melon liqueur*
¼ tsp. almond extract
*For this recipe I recommend Great Alpine Honeydew Liqueur
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Set to the side your prepared pie shell in pan.
Gently beat the cream cheese, sour cream, salt and sugar for two minutes at lowest beater speed, or stroke with whisk for three minutes. Now add eggs, one at a time until well blended with mixture. Add the Honeydew melon liqueur and almond extract. Blend gently 3 minutes with beater or four minutes by whisk.
Pour this batter into the prepared pie crust. Place pie crust in center of oven and bake 40-50 minutes, or until you can insert sharp knife blade in center and no batter pulls away.
Remove pie from oven and allow to cool for 25 minutes. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
To serve: top with whipped cream or sliced honey dew.
This Hub ©June 20, 2012 by Beth Perry