Thursday, 3 July 2014


Persimmon Pudding

Original recipe makes 8 servings
½ Teaspoon baking soda
2 cups persimmon pulp
2 ½ cups white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
2 ½ cups milk
4 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Butter one 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a mixing bowl, combine persimmon pulp, baking soda, sugar and eggs. Mix well.
Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, milk and melted butter. Stir to combine.
Pour into baking pan and bake for 55 minutes. The pudding will rise but will fall when removed from oven.
(Allrecipes)03/07/2014** Maggie De Castro

Maggie De Castro
Steamed Persimmon 
4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for mold
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup Calvados or other brandy
1/4 cup sultanas, (golden raisins)
3 to 4 very soft Hachiya persimmons
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, dissolved in 1 1/2 tablespoons hot water
1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger
Oven-Dried Persimmon Slices, for garnish
Calvados Cream, for serving

Butter a 12-cup pudding mold. Fill a large pot fitted with a steamer insert with enough water to come halfway up mold (test this with an empty mold); set aside. Sift flour, spices, and salt in a bowl; set aside. Put Calvados and sultanas into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Drain; discard liquid. Set raisins aside.
Meanwhile, slice tops off persimmons. Scoop out flesh, and press through a sieve into a bowl, discarding skins (you should have 1 1/2 cups persimmon puree). Whisk in milk; set aside.
Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice. Add persimmon mixture in 2 batches, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition. Mix in baking soda mixture. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in pecans, sultanas, and ginger. Pour into prepared mold; cover with buttered parchment and lid.
Bring water in prepared pot to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Carefully lower mold into steamer. Cover pot, and steam until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 3 to 3 1/2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure water level is maintained (add hot water as needed).
Transfer mold to a wire rack; remove lid and parchment. Let cool 15 minutes. Unmold pudding onto a plate, and cut into slices. Serve with persimmon slices and Calvados cream.