I stopped by a friends house the other day, and went home with a big bag of Persimmons. They weren't quite ripe yet, but were getting close.
|The one on the left is ripe, the one on the right is not.|
The kind I got was the Hachiya which are best eaten ripe, cause otherwise you pucker right up from the tannins and that's not fun. They're very astringent in other words, when they're unripe.
Just use your immersion blender to whip it up.
I bet you can use these in smoothies as well.
At any rate, I wanted to find a recipe to make with them. So I googled and read and disseminated a bunch of recipes. I found this recipe but didn't want to go out and buy more stuff, and I really only wanted one cake. I also wanted to use up some of the supplies I had in the cupboard. So I modified and played with it, and this is what I came up with. And I found out that most of the recipes had booze in them as well, and gee, guess what, I had booze in my cupboard as well.
The whole process of putting the cake together was kinda fun as well, cause you put the wet ingredients into the dry, which is basically how you can make muffins.
I vacillated between making one cake or a bunch of cupcakes as well. And ended up baking it in an 8 inch square glass pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pan, set aside.
2 cups self rising flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. molasses
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup American Honey bourbon
11/2 cups persimmon puree (from 3 ripe persimmons)
6 oz. chopped walnuts
1 cup fruit cake mix or dried fruit of your choice, chopped
Sift flour, sugar and cinnamon together in a large bowl, add the fruit cake mix or dried fruit, set aside.
Mix the melted butter, persimmon puree, bourbon, eggs together.
Tip out onto a cooling rack after about 10 minutes and let it cool.
**I sprinkled some Turbinado sugar in the bottom of the greased pan before I poured in the batter. And it did make a lovely caramelized bottom for the cake.
I made a cream cheese frosting for the top, and piped it onto each slice.
1 package cream cheese (8 oz)
1 jar Marshmallow Fluff (7 oz)
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons American Honey Bourbon
Mix together, and taste. Pipe or spread onto the cooled cake and serve.
When a recipe calls for sifted confectioners sugar, they do mean to sift it before adding it to the frosting. I had to 'push' my frosting through a sieve to get the lumps out.
I think this cake would be totally awesome served warm with some spiced whipped cream as well.
And guess what, I still have some persimmons left, and as soon as they ripen, they'll be residing in the freezer until the next time I make this cake. And I will make it again.