12.08.2009

Persimmon Streusel Cake

Persimmons are an interesting fruit. It's hard to describe the taste really. They taste sort of peach-ish, mango-ish to me but they are a different texture than either a peach or a mango. They are their own fruit and they are a bit addictive.

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This recipe has been calling my name since 1998! I found it in my BHG Annual Recipes Cookbook. I decided the time had come to give it a go. It was my first time purchasing persimmons and I wasn't sure if I had purchased the Fuyu or the Hachiya so I googled it (Actually, my daughter did the googling for me.) I found out that these are the Fuyu variety. The Hachiya are more oblong in shape and I believe they are softer but I'm not positive on that.

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I really enjoyed this. It isn't overly sweet so it would make a lovely choice for brunch or by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it could be more of a dessert cake.

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The recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice but I didn't have any on hand so I mixed up a bit of my own using cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom. I just love the smell of cardamom! Each time I open my spice cupboard a get a whiff of it.

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Persimmon Struesel Cake
adapted from BHG Annual Recipes 1998

3 Fuyu persimmons
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin pie spice
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1 1/2 cups AP flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
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1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
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1/4 cup AP flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp butter

Peel each persimmon, cut out stem and discard any seeds (I didn't find any seeds in mine.). Cut into 1/2 inch pieces (You should end up with about 2 cups.). In a small bowl, combine the persimmons, 1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

Sift together the 1 1/2 cups flour and the baking powder. Set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat the 1/3 cup butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the 2/3 cup sugar. Beat on medium to high speed until well combined. Add egg and vanilla, beat well. Add the flour mixture and milk alternately, beating on low speed after each addition just until smooth.

Spread about 3/4 of the batter into a greased 8x8x2 baking pan (I used a 9 inch deep dish pie pan.) Spoon persimmon mixture evenly over top of batter. Using a spoon, drop mounds atop filling, forming a diagonal pattern.

Combine the 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and remaining 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Cut in the 2 tbsp butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over fruit.

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Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipping cream. Garnish with persimmon slices and fresh mint if desired.

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This recipe may look like a lot of work (It was a heck of a lot of typing, I know that for sure! ) but it was really quite simple to make.

Give it a shot. I guarantee you won't be disappointed! :D

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42 comments:

Jamie said...

I've been seeing persimmons at the market and am intrigued. Everyone is talking about them. Your Persimmon Streusel Cake looks fabulously delicious and if I was to finally buy up a couple of those babies I'd have to try this. Beautiful!

Jhonny walker said...

what a lovely cake..I will definitely make this one...
tell me something..is sifting absolutely necessary? I will have to try this one..also love the way you describe it :)

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh Kim this looks so moist and yummy, love the cream on top.
xxx

Jenn said...

Nice. I have a couple of persimmons that a friend had given me. I haven't really used them before so I'm a bit clueless as to what I can make with them. Now I think I have an idea.

love lives in the kitchen said...

i love persimonns and your recipe is just great!
have a sweet day!
justyna

Bellini Valli said...

I have never had the opportunity to try persimmons, but it is on my list!!!

Jeannie said...

Lovely cake..I like to eat them when they are still crunchy. Next time I buy persimmoms, I must remember to keep 3 for this cake.

Joanne said...

I have a recent love of persimmons and I like to describe them to people as a cross between an apple and a mango. This looks delicious! I really want to bake with them before they go out of season. This could totally be the recipe...

5 Star Foodie said...

Oh, that looks yummy for sure! I've only eaten persimmons raw and haven't cooked with them yet, I would love to try to make this delicious stresel cake!

KennyT said...

It sounds cool to use persimmon to make a cake!

Randi Troxell said...

oooh i so wish someone would just make this for me!!

suppose if i want it (which i do) i'll have to make it myself!!!

TKW said...

That looks really good. I am embarrassed to say that I've never tasted one!

Noelle said...

yum! we have persimmons growing wild around these parts...

Claudia said...

I love the idea of using persimmons incake. I also am fonder of the not terribly sweet cake. This looks perfect!

Angie's Recipes said...

I would love to have a large slice of this delicious streusel cake! Beautiful pictures!

Mary said...

What a lovely cake. I've never used persimmons for cooking. I'll have to remedy that.

Faith said...

I've never tried a persimmon, but I'll keep my eye out for them. It's such a pretty fruit! Your cake is gorgeous!

Jen said...

I have not ever really heard of a persimmon. Looks good though. Did you find them in your local grocery store or a speciality food store.

Julia said...

You get the creative gold star for this one. I am not so hip with the persimmons, they scare me, but I would definitely eat that pie you prepared!!!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow great steusal cake love it

teresa said...

cool! i still haven't ever tried persimmons. this looks SO good!

All Things Yummy said...

Looks really yummy. I've never been brave enough to try persimmons, but I might have to now.

Chef E said...

I am surprised, but I have never had persimmon...so the streusel sounds great!

Pam said...

Darn. I was so close to buying persimmons today... after seeing this recipe, I wish I had.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a scrumptious looking cake! I just love streusel! I wanted to buy persimmons this week but they weren't in the best condition.

Allyson said...

You know what has always concerned me about persimmons? The idea of having to core them. I've always assumed it would be like a pomegranate (perhaps the curse of the "p" fruit). And whenever I try to eat or cook with a pomegranate, it just looks like a crime scene in my kitchen. I am not adverse to try, try again...I will just have to buy more clorox. Thanks for posting. I'm adding to my "brunch" tab!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Persimmons....next step in my growth plan

Palidor said...

That is a yummy cake! How creative to use persimmons.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

That looks great! I have only worked with persimmon once, I will have to try it again soon.

kanishk said...

I have never had the opportunity to try persimmons, but it is on my list!!!

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Jennie said...

Persimmons are gorgeous and this cake is right up my alley! I plan to make this at some point over the holidays! Thanks Kim!

Connie Weiss said...

I've never seen those before...I'd have thought it was a tomato!

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JustLikeJune said...

Yummo! This looks great! I love persimmons.

doggybloggy said...

now this is a beauty!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I've been seeing lots of persimmons lately. I'm not really fond of them but if it looks this good then I'd eat it..

kallay said...

i can honestly say i have never in my life seen a persimmon cake and i went to culinary school! i am drooling and SO impressed! way to go! *great* idea! consider me a follower!

Katy ~ said...

I do not think that I have ever had persimmon anything as I do not know how to use them so this recipe is particularly interesting and valuable to me. I just love the word, persimmon. Now I want to make this. If I see persimmons at our look backwoods grocers I'm going to buy them just for this.

Hummingbird Appetite said...

I love persimmons! I roasted persimmons the other day and glazed them with honey.

the twins said...

looks really good! i've never tried persimmon.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh this looks divine! I can't wait to make it. Thanks for another fabulous idea!

Thanks for stopping my blog. I'm digging yours too!

Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner?
www.MaWhats4Dinner.com

Sophie said...

We call them kaki in Dutch. I so love this autumnnel fruit!! Your fab cake looks just fantastic!!

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