Pudding & Other Stuff
I’m going to be quite honest here. Uh-hum… We are not native Hoosiers. I’m not sure I’d say we are Hoosiers at all (but maybe). In fact, I’m not exactly sure what a Hoosier is.
Anyway, you’re probably wondering what the heck that has to do with persimmons.
Well, let me tell ya.
When we were fairly new to the area, the house we lived in had this strange tree in the back yard. Not being from the Midwest, honestly neither my wife or I had any idea what it was.
When it came around to the fall time of year, the tree started dropping fruit like crazy. We finally asked someone and discovered we had one healthy persimmon tree.
Little did we know it was a mini gold mine at that time of year. We had never had persimmon anything.
Since that time, we have learned persimmons are quite the fav around this area. In fact, there are entire festivals and cook-offs based on the very essence of this delectable fruit.
I will tell you a little secret though. I took me several years of living in the area and being taunted by many co-workers and friends before I finally gave in and tasted of persimmon pudding. You know how it is. I figured I’d lived this many years without it; I surely wasn’t missing that much.
It’s kind of like eating crawfish…or not eating it…but that’s another story.
Any who…I did try it a couple of years ago. My little sis told me this long time saying about persimmon pudding. Folks say, “you either like it or you hate it.” Well, I’m one of those in-betweeners. I can take it or leave it …OR at least I thought so.
That’s one reason we decided to do a Persimmon Pudding roundup.
We thought it would be interesting to see what all the great cooks out there had in mind when it comes to this wondrous little fall fruit.
I’ve since learned that the cook and the recipe makes the pudding.
Maybe I’m not such an in-betweener after all.
Now let’s take a journey into the world of Persimmon and see what we found.
One of the most commonly heard of recipes is of course Persimmon Pudding. Wading through the choices for this Midwestern favorite was really tough. There are soooo many different ways to make this stuff, it’s crazy.
Some recipes have been passed down for decades. Some others are new and challenging to the “old” way of making this esteemed pudding. In trying several different methods, I finally came upon one that to me topped the cake. (Yes, that’s cooking humor) 😉
1. Persimmon Pudding
We found Nonnie’s Persimmon Pudding by Mariah on allrecipes.com along with the beautiful message behind it. Kudos to this wonderful family for continuing the family history of this wonderful recipe. This truly is one of the best persimmon puddings I’ve ever tasted. Thanks for sharing!
We hope all of you will write to let us know how Nonnie’s recipe turned out for you. In fact, if you think yours is better, let us know that too. 😉 You can see the recipe and wonderful tribute here: Nonnies Persimmon Pudding Recipe.
2. Persimmon Bread
This Persimmon Bread by James’s Beard shared with us by David Lebovitz is an amazing change from the customary pudding. Of course, the nuts and raisins add just the perfect crunch and touch. We prefer to leave off the other fruit options due to childhood traumas related to fruit cakes…(yes, having heebie-jeebies).
3. Persimmon Tart
If your family loves persimmons this could be an excellent dish for your holiday table. The tart crust gives it that extra yum that only comes from homemade.
4. Paleo & Vegan Persimmon Custard
If you are looking for a healthy persimmon recipe, check out the Unconventional Baker’s awesome Paleo and Vegan Persimmon Custard. The touch of maple syrup and coconut oil in this amazing recipe gives it the perfect combination of flavors that just sends your taste buds soaring.
5. Persimmon Cookies
I’ll have to admit a cookie is not one of the forms I anticipated finding persimmon creations in. I had heard a lot about puddings and cakes, but not so much on the cookies. Now, I’m glad we kept up the persimmon search until we ran into these yummy moist and super flavorful Persimmon Cookies.
A great share on BiteClubEats.com from Judie Lepisto, these cookies are actually one of the best persimmon creations I’ve ever tasted. Thanks for sharing your grandma’s recipe!
6. Persimmon Ice Cream
Persimmon ice cream is one we had actually never heard of, yet. I say yet because when you live in the Midwest you will eventually hear of persimmon everything, I have decided.
Anyway, check out how Kathy Gori uses 2 ingredients to create an absolute creamy cold bliss. This yummy ice cream comes to us straight from TheColorsofIndianaCooking.com.
7. Persimmon Butter Recipe
Rated with 5 stars, this 3 ingredient simple to create spreadable butter rates right up there with some of the best like apple butters, pumpkin butters and more. Don’t miss a chance to treat your taste buds to this winter wonder food. Photo credits go out to sassystew.
Breakfast Persimmons with a touch of class. I never knew persimmons could be such a versatile fruit until moving to the Midwest. Once we began actually researching and learning, we’ve discovered this fruit to be as versatile, yet forgotten, as the pumpkin in many ways.
8. Roasted Persimmons with Greek Yogurt and Pistachios
Blahnik Baker shows us just how elegant persimmons at breakfast can be. This delightful creation of Roasted Persimmons with Greek Yogurt and Pistachios tastes like Fall in every bite. The lemon, honey and salt give just the right amount of teasing to the taste buds and liven up the persimmon to perfection.
9. Spiced Persimmon Turmeric Tea
This tea will definitely put a spring back in your step if your drink it regularly. The turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, ginger is as well and the persimmon just plain gives it a wonderful sweet flavor. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
10. Persimmon Avacado Salad
Healthy salads in winter don’t have to be boring and tasteless. Sometimes we just have to think outside the box. That’s exactly what Isabelle Boucher of CrumbBlog.com has done when she created Persimmon Avocado Salad.
If you are missing the astoundingly delicious colorful fruits and veggies of summer, then this wonderful salad is the perfect winter solution. Just check out the beauty of this yummy winter salad.
Let your taste buds and your creativity lead the way to new creations.
Persimmons are one of the most under used fruits that exist. Don’t miss out any longer on what the Greeks called the fruit of the gods. These 10 Best Persimmon Recipes will help you get started.