Nutritional fillings in Baking

The consumer desire for nutritionally-balanced baked goods has propelled many a producer to look to fibre-rich foods such as nuts and grains, along with fresh and preserved fruit fillings.


The increasing consumption of baked goods, desserts, yoghurts containing fruit is clear for all to see.

The growing trend in fruit preparation production is a focus on wellness and health with high-quality spreads and fruit snacks that taste natural and homemade, and contain more fruit, less sugar and fewer additives.

Fruit favourites in the baking category include apple, peach, pear, cherry, banana, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, orange and lemon. Tropical fruits, however, are fast gaining appreciation.



Tropical fruits

There are requests for guava, mango, passion fruit and pomegranate.
Considering the significant emphasis on health foods, it comes as no surprise that many of these fruits fit in the category of “superfoods”.
Blueberries are being combined with fruits such as guava, pomegranate and others obviously contending for the antioxidant award.
Tropical and citrus fruits are both growing trends in baked goods.

Another trend is combining fruits with nuts and seeds, with almonds, chia, flax and pistachios as some of the more common partners.

Grains and nuts

With regards to consumers’ fascination with ancient grains in baked goods and their high nutritional content, these grains have intriguing backgrounds and histories. They are also very fruit-friendly because many ancient grains provide robust flavour and texture. Fruit can help mellow and round out these attributes.

Blueberries, for example, are synergistic with oats, amaranth, buckwheat, chia, millet, quinoa, sorghum, teff, Kamut, farro and spelt, and are also very compatible with nuts and seeds.

Bakers are encouraged to think beyond the traditional fruit garnish and to experiment with more creative applications, adding crushed maraschino cherries into a cream cheese frosting for a swirl of colour and flavour.

As for citrus notes, they add a refreshing flavour punch to everything, especially when paired with creamy dairy flavours. Adding clementine orange, for example, to cake crumb or frosting can elevate the ordinary to the exceptional.

Dried plums, have long been used in European-style pastries such as Danish and whole grain breads. Dried plums have been the inspiration for countless new and interesting culinary applications in some of the world’s top bakeries.

The ingredient is not only a cost-effective solution to add taste and texture to baked goods, but dried plums also reduce sugar, fat content and calories while adding fibre, making them ideal for healthier baking. They also provide moisture retention that works wonders on hearty grains and gluten-free applications.

In some applications, dried plums are used as a characterising ingredient, while in others, use is more functional. For example, in fruity bread or scones, diced dried plums provide flavour, much like other dried fruits.


Berries are a flavour of choice for consumers around the world – a trend that drives an openness to experiment with lesser-known varieties.

Cranberries are marked as one of the so-called “superfruits” due to the nutrient content and antioxidant qualities. Cranberries can be used as a topping, in pancake and beverage syrups, fruit spreads, yogurt fruit preparations, and ice cream or frozen yogurt varieties.

Suppliers in South Africa include

FAMASONS Premium Ingredients – has been offering professional Ingredient Solutions, ideally suited for use in the Baking and Food manufacturing industries, for the past 20 years.

Our product range captivates a wide range of customers in a competitive industry, while exceeding quality benchmarks.

Glaced Fruit Range:

Whole Cherries Red / Green
Whole and Broken Cherries Red / Green

Dried Fruit Range:

Bakers Raisin Mix
Mixed Peel
Cranberries Dried
Seedless Raisins
Fruit Mince
Pitted Dates.

Fruit Fillings and Toppings:

Apricot Flan Gel

Pie Fillings: Black Cherry – Black Forest Berries – Blueberry – Granadilla – Red Cherry – Strawberry – Lemon Curd – Mango – Raspberry
Toppings (reduced fruit content) – Black Forest – Strawberry

Seeds and Grains:
Bran Flakes
Oats – Rolled and Quick Cooker
Seeds – Sesame – Sunflower – Aniseed – Caraway – Cumin – Mustard – Linseed – Poppy

Sprinkle Nuts – Pecan Nuts – Almonds – Caramelised Peanut Sprinkles

Relianz Foods cc – We are a proudly family-owned and managed business, who prides itself on our dedication to service and attention to detail.

Since 2003 Relianz Foods has been making the difference to the day to day operations of our customers by being able to supply a very diversified product range. Timeously and at the right price.

Our professional staff understand the needs of our customers andprovide top quality service and endeavour to accommodate any request or requirement! We strive to exceed client’s expectations.

Our range includes:

Dried Fruits – Dates, Prunes, Currants, Raisins, Saltanas, Cranberries and Assorted Mixed Dried Fruit

Glazed Fruits – Red and Green Cherries,Ginger,Green Fig, Apricot,Fruit Melon,Orange, Pineapple and Pear

Nuts – Almonds, Peanuts, Pecan Nuts,Sprinkle Nuts and Walnuts

Seeds – Poppy, Pumpkin, Sesame, Caraway and Sunflower

Euroberry – a local supplier of individually quick frozen fruits, infused fruits and dried fruits pieces – has an extensive variety of berries for all baking requirements.

Frozen berries are a great alternative to fresh berries for winter baking.

Many people fret about whether they should thaw the fruit first, but you don’t need to, with the exception of a slightly longer baking time, the results are no different from baking with fresh berries, and the crust actually holds its shape well with frozen berries inside.

Specialized dried fruit products is the safest way of injecting some life into your bakes, baking with real fruit ingredients adds a natural fresh and healthy appeal.

Designed to perform in a wide scope of commercial bakery applications, Euroberry ingredients won’t burn or ‘bleed’ during baking. The long shelf life means you will always have real fruit ingredients on hand when you need them.

Their Individually Quick Frozen Range includes Apricot, Blueberry, Cherry-Sour, Cherry-Sweet, Cranberry, Dragon Fruit, Black Fig, Guava, Kiwi, Litchi, Mandarin, Mango , Mixed Berry, Passion Fruit, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Pomegranate, Raspberry and Strawberry to name but a few.

Their Dried Products Range includes Apple, Blueberry, Mixed Berry, Peach Apricot and Strawberry.

Starcape manufacture a superior range of real FRUIT BASED topping, fillings and dessert toppings in a wide range of flavours, Our products are ready to use and require no additional preparation.

They are ideal for the decorating, and enhancing of cakes, desserts, pastries and shakes. STARCAPE’s range of toppings & fillings are a value adding addition to every Baker, Caterer and Chef, and are perfectly at place in the Hotel, Catering, Baking and Restaurant industries.

STARCAPE FRUIT FILLINGS are a high in fruit content quality range of fruit fillings. They can be used to fill cakes, tartlets and cream slices or be baked with frozen Danish pastry and mixed with mousses.


Cherry Filling
Black Forrest Cherry

Cape Dried Fruit Packers – Capedry Montagu Farmstall offers the public a range of delicious dried fruit & nuts online at wholesale prices delivered throughout South Africa. They also have depots in other Provinces which assist with large volume distribution to your factory.

Their dried fruit range includes Raisins, Peach, Mango, Apricot, Prunes, Cranberries, Dates, Raisins, Pears and Nectarines to name but a few.

Their Nuts and Seeds Range includes Mixed Nuts, Cashews, Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts, Peacun

Nuts, Brasil Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Chai Seeds, Pine Kernels and Pumpkin Seeds to name but a few.

Thistlewood – We pride ourselves with our range of full fruit pie fillings and toppings (containing an oven and freeze-stable starch). We do not compromise on the quality and have therefore been able to secure an ever-growing customer base. On-going product development and technical support is available to satisfy any baker’s needs.

Their Pie Filling Buckets 3Kg range includes Black Cherry, Red Cherry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Granadilla, Raspberry, Apple, Apricot, Orange, Mixed Berry and Mango.

Their Low GI Fruit Toppings Range includes Red Cherry, Blueberry and Strawberry.

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