If you like apple pie, chances are you will love this persimmon and apple tart with a streusel made of crushed gingersnap cookies. Perfect for a holiday party!
Pastry for a single-crust 9-inch pie
1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
About 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tart apples, such as Newtown Pippin or Granny Smith (1 lb. total)
4 firm-ripe Fuyu persimmons (1 1/2 lb. total)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
How to Make It
Roll pastry out on a floured board to fit a 9-inch tart pan with removable rim.
Lay pastry in pan, easing into corners. Fold excess pastry down and flush with pan rim, then press against pan side so pastry extends about 1/8 inch above rim.
Bake in a 350° oven until pastry is lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Use hot or warm.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir together crushed gingersnaps, brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons flour. Mix in melted butter. Squeeze mixture to form lumps. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix granulated sugar and cornstarch. Peel, core, and thinly slice apples. Stem, peel, and thinly slice persimmons. Add fruit to bowl along with lemon juice and mix well.
Pour mixture into pastry and shake pan to settle filling evenly, then crumble gingersnap mixture over it.
Bake tart on lowest rack of a 325° oven until pastry is browned and filling bubbles, 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Lay a sheet of foil over streusel if it begins to darken before pastry is done. Let stand until warm or at room temperature; remove pan rim.
Yum! I made this twice in 4 days for two different holiday parties. Both times very well received. I did not have a tart pan, so I made it as a pie. At one party, I was told: "I don't like pies & I love this"; "I don't like persimmons and I love this"; "Your pie was the highlight of my evening". It is basically an apple pie made with persimmons. Turned out great both times, I did make some modifications the second time: 1) more persimmons! The persimmons shrink more than the apples; the second time I made it, I doubled the persimmons. 2) Less sugar: it's pretty sweet. I reduced the sugar a bit in both the topping & the filling, perfect. 3) More ginger: I added ginger powder & cinnamon in the filling. I would use fresh ginger in the filling if I had it.
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