Feijoa and Ginger Gems

We have a feijoa tree in our backyard which is currently in season and when it’s fruiting you have a huge abundance of the fruit so I thought this year rather than just eating and giving away the feijoas I might try some baking with them.   I have also recently borrowed my Mums gem iron pans with the thought of trying out a few recipes from an historic cookbook I have.  One of the most common recipes is ginger gems so I thought to add a little feijoa to liven them up a little.   It turned out to be a delicious combination sadly since our tree has just finished fruiting I will have to wait till next year to make them again.


50 grams butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
100ml milk
pulp from 4 feijoas
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp of mixed spice
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
extra butter

Preheat the oven to 200 C and put in gem irons to heat
Place the butter and sugar in food processor and blend for 30 seconds
Add the egg and beat
Put in the milk, feijoa, golden syrup and milk then pulse to combine
Put flour, ginger, mixed spice and baking soda and mix together
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl and stir together
Take the gem irons out of the oven and put 1/4 tsp of butter in each one
Spoon teaspoons of the batter into the gem iron
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until cooked

Feijoa is also know as pineapple guava or guavasteen.
This recipe was adapted from a recipe in the Kerikeri Cookery Book printed in 1969

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