I am a lucky gal. Not only do I have a friend with a lovely getaway, that lovely getaway has a lovely Persimmon tree in the yard. As we were getting ready to leave that getaway Sunday morning, my friend found persimmons. “We have a persimmon tree!” I had heard of persimmons but had never tried one. But hey! Fancy fruit on a tree in the yard of a house I was visiting! Why not!
We dragged out the ladder and picked as many as we could get. There were just enough for each of us to make some Persimmon Bread. My friend used a Persimmon Bread Recipe from Bon Appetit. And I used this:
Apple Persimmon Bread
Apple sauce – enough so you have a cup of fruit
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1. Combine the first six ingredients (up to the vanilla) and mix until nice and smooth.
2. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
3. Bake one large loaf at 325 for 60 minutes or three small loaves for 40 minutes. You’ll know the bread is done when a toothpick or small sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
If you don’t have a friend with a Persimmon tree, you can use apple sauce, banana or even pumpkin puree in this recipe just as well. This is not a very sweet bread. I don’t like super sweet batter bread. You can add up to two cups of sugar to this recipe. If I remember, I like to sprinkle some Sugar in the Raw on top of the bread before I bake it.
We found this really cool website called specialtyproduce.com that had some excellent information about Fuyu Persimmon (the variety in my friend’s yard). We didn’t understand half of what they said about this fruit but it was still interesting!