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Persimmon Gingerbread

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 square)
The persimmon's texture and warm, spicy notes make a moist snack cake. Since the batter is heavy, a toothpick test doesn't work well to determine doneness. Make sure the cake browns around the edges and pulls away from the sides of the pan before removing from the oven.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe Hachiya persimmon puree (about 3 fruits; see
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 240
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 7.3 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 4.9 g
  • carbohydrate 40.5 g
  • fiber 2.7 g
  • cholesterol 63 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 208 mg
  • calcium 79 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Place brown sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add persimmon puree, molasses, and eggs; beat well (about 1 minute).

  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Sift together flour and next 6 ingredients (through cloves). Add flour mixture and 1/3 cup boiling water alternately to persimmon mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in almonds. Pour batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut into 12 squares.

  4. Persimmon Puree Pointers. Ripe Hachiya puree is easy to make by following these tips:

  5. To speed the ripening process, freeze the fruit overnight or until solid. Thaw the persimmon; when soft, it will be sweeter and less astringent.

  6. Cut the ripe fruit in half. Scoop the pulp out with a spoon.

  7. To achieve an even consistency, place the flesh in a mini-chopper and process until smooth. This ensures the persimmon puree will incorporate evenly into the batter.