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08 January 2012 @ 09:39 pm
Perks of the Persimmon Season  
Persimmon Bread

This time of year, you’re likely to spot little orange globes at the farmers markets and vegetables stands next to the oranges like satsumas and bloods. Looking like a cross between a tomato and an orange, persimmons have lovely tannic flavor that does beautifully in some savory foods and even better in sweet preparations. Last year we made a ton of persimmon curd that we spread on everything from cookies to toast to eating greedily out of the jar while standing in front of the fridge. This year, we picked up a few at the Heart of the City farmers market between Christmas and New Years intending to use them up in holiday gifts. We never quite got around to doing that so this week we really needed to use them up. We made more curd but still had a few persimmons left over.

So we started researching recipes and settled on a persimmon bread recipe from Epicurious that pulled out the stops in terms of comforting foods. As is often the case, we made the recipe ours a little bit by swapping meyer lemon zest for the orange zest in the recipe, using five spice powder in place of just cinnamon, and we also added a ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract on a whim. We were very pleased with the dense and moist cake like bread that was the result. It was delicious right out of the oven with butter but it made us dizzy with pleasure with the curd. We even sprinkled some left over ground hazelnuts on top for a really satisfying crunch before it dawned on us that we had intended to share this with others and needed to stop eating it all.

Make sure your persimmons are ripe here. They should be so soft that they feel like they’ll explode if you squeeze too hard. If yours are under ripe, place them in a plastic bag with an apple on a sunny windowsill for a few days and they’ll ripen faster.

This article also appears at http://www.examiner.com/food-in-san-francisco/perks-of-persimmon-season
 
 
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Kilt Boyperlcub on January 10th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
If I took a week off to go to San Francisco, can I work beside you? Please?
KitchenBeardkitchenbeard on January 10th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
I've gotten so sloppy in the kitchen I'd be embarrassed. But it might be fun to just run around town, buying random food and then going and cooking it even more randomly.
Kilt Boyperlcub on January 10th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Yes, I love doing that. David and I used to play a game akin to that and shows like "chopped." He buys the ingredients that I must use to make dinner, etc etc. Albeit recently, I've been doing that in baking: peanut butter cookies (starting off with shelling 1.5lbs of peanuts), apple pie cookies, and so forth... It would be fun!

And sloppy? I'd hardly guess from your photos!
KitchenBeardkitchenbeard on January 10th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Lets just say my cuisnart attachments are mixed in with my stand mixer attachments and my silpats are tossed on top of those. When ever I need something, it's a major pain to get anything.

I just need to take a full week end, go to the container store and get proper storage and then go home and rip the kitchen apart. Then catalog and organize everything. For example - I have lots of white plate. Most don't match. But it'd be nice to know what kind of plate I have when I sit down to do a shoot.
nimrod_9nimrod_9 on January 31st, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
This looked great!! I forgot to comment when it was posted earlier. I live not far from those persimmon growing Indiananins...curd sounds good as well! Thanks for sharing this!
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