Dragon Fruit Bread

Just the other week I bought a dragon fruit from the grocery store for our kids to taste. If you have never seen one or tried one, I highly recommend doing so! I found yellow ones at a store near us and had no idea what to expect as I had never eaten one myself. My kids and husband play Zelda and they said it looks like a food in the game, however, I have no idea what they are referring to. But what I do know is dragon fruit comes in two different colors. For example, the two can be red and yellow, and are packed with fiber, vitamins and nutrients. After we all had a nibble, the rest of the fruit sat untouched, so I decided to make Dragon Fruit Bread.

Dragon Fruit Bread

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Published March 8, 2021
Updated March 9, 2022
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Dragon Fruit on wood cutting board

When I buy melons, I typically cut the ends off and cut the skin off in strips from top to bottom. That is what I did with these fruits. The inside is like a clear solid gelatinous yumminess with such a subtle sweetness, then you bite into the crunchy seeds, which are not hard crunchy but softer like rice crispies. Some of our kids loved it, some let the pieces slip through their fingers onto the floor with a quick-timed “oops” so he did not have to eat the rest of his chunk. I will leave it to your imagination which one of our littles did that! (cough cough Matthew cough cough)

Dragon Fruit cut up on cutting board

What to do with Dragon Fruits

This last week I bought four more dragon fruits with the Hope of being productive to make them into muffins over the weekend. That did not happen. Instead, I spent some of my Saturday writhing in abdominal pain with what turns out to be a bladder infection and possible hemorrhagic cysts. Oh joy. I will not bore you with those details… but just know it is now Monday morning, I am feeling exhausted from what feels like a weekend of pain, and I need to use these fruits as they are about to attract fruit flies in March.

How did I not know you could order fresh fruit from Amazon?! Like, seriously, this it possibly the neatest thing next to chocolate milk. Great prices, fast shipping and a wonderful return policy are just one of the reasons our family loves to shop on Amazon. Check out the prices for fresh Dragon Fruits! I wonder if I could buy in bulk.

Dragon Fruit Bread Cost

Dragon fruit $8.80 *For real. It is $5.99 per pound.
1 egg $0.06
1/4 cup butter $0.40
3/4 cup brown sugar $0.50
The rest is pennies in cost as I buy most of my baking materials in bulk.
This recipe will cost me around $9.76, however, it is the best tasting bread ever!
I am so used to wanting to save money and making recipes that follow our plan to cook on the cheap and really good ingredients that this is making me twitch.
No lie. Almost $10 for a 4 X 9 fancy dragon fruit bread is like paying for a slice of cake at a coffee shop. My cheapness cannot handle this!

Edit post-taste: I may start a food truck business just to afford this delicious bread. Seriously, you guys, this is the most delicious bread.

Dragon fruit bread Recipe

Ingredients

3 dragon fruits, peeled and diced
3/4 cup brown sugar
Dash of salt
1 egg
1/4 cup melted butter, unsalted
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp water
2 cups flour

Directions for Dragon Fruit Bread

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the ends off the Dragon Fruit and then cut the skin off in strips from top to bottom.

yellow dragon fruit cut on wood cutting board

2. Slice the Dragon Fruit and then dice into chunks, there is no need to mush the chunks as the mixer will blend it well into the batter.

dragon fruit cut into chunks

3. Put the fruit into the bowl and then mix on low for 30 seconds, just to puree the fruit.

dragon fruit chunks in bowl of KitchenAid mixer

4. Add sugar and dash of salt to the fruit and mix until combined.

brown sugar added to bowl of KitchenAid mixer
Add brown sugar.

5. Add 1 egg to the KitchenAid mixing bowl and then mix to combine.
6. Melt butter in a microwavable container and then add it to the mixing bowl slowly to not cook the egg. You can let the butter cool before adding to the batter.

melted butter in glass measuring cup adding to dragon fruit bread mixture
SLOWLY add the butter.

7. In a small bowl, put 1 Tbsp water and 1 tsp baking soda, mix well, then add it to the mixing bowl. Turn on the KitchenAid mixer on low to then combine the baking soda and water mixture into the rest of the ingredients.

water and baking soda in a small bowl
Mix it well before you add it to the batter.

8. Add flour one cup at a time until blended and smooth. I love my Rachel Ray spatula as it is so sturdy, and the silicone scraper head is great to get in all of the corners and edges, so you do not miss out on any batter! Just remember to lick the spatula before you wash it. That is the best part. Additionally, they come in so many colors like orange, blue, navy and red.

Flour added to Dragon Fruit Bread mixture in KitchenAid bowl

9. Pour mixture into a 4 X 8 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, then spread out into a flat layer with a spatula.

Dragon Fruit Bread batter in 4 X 8 baking pan

10. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Remove the bread from the oven and let the Dragon Fruit Bread rest before cutting. Enjoy it with butter spread on slices!!
~Monica

Dragon Fruit Bread resting in pan

Recipe for Dragon Fruit Bread

Dragon Fruit Bread Ingredients

3 dragon fruits, peeled and diced
3/4 cup brown sugar
Dash of salt
1 egg
1/4 cup melted butter, unsalted
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp water
2 cups flour

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the ends off the fruit and then cut the skin off in strips from top to bottom.
2. Slice the fruit and then dice into chunks.
3. Put the fruit into the bowl and then mix on low for 30 seconds.
4. Add sugar and dash of salt to the fruit and mix until combined.
5. Add 1 egg and then mix.
6. Melt butter in a microwavable container and then add to the mixing bowl slowly to not cook the egg. You can let the butter cool before adding to the batter.
7. In a small bowl, put 1 Tbsp water and 1 tsp baking soda, then mix well and add it to the mixing bowl. Stir with a spatula to combine.
8. Add flour one cup at a time until blended and smooth.
9. Pour mixture into a 4 X 8 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
10. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Remove the bread from the oven and rest to cool before enjoying.
~Monica

A few of my favorite things

I cannot be the only person that has wanted to order fresh fruit from Amazon, can I?

These spatulas from Rachel Ray are a few of my favorite things. For example, I have them in two colors, orange and blue.

My vintage KitchenAid mixer is used many times a week. I do not know what I would do without it anymore.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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