One of my husband's patients brought him MORE persimmons. Now, I am not complaining I am simply informing you that we didn't use all of them for the last batch of cookies so we still had some of our own. We had A LOT of persimmons so we decided to make bread. Here is the best recipe we could find (meaning it used the most persimmons :)
Using the higher amount of sugar will produce a moister and, of course, sweeter bread.
From Beard on Bread by James Beard.
3½ cups sifted flour ( I used half all purpose flour and half white whole wheat flour)
1½ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 to 2½ cups sugar
1 cup melted unsalted butter and cooled to room temperature
4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
2/3 cup cognac, bourbon or whiskey
2 cups persimmon puree (from about 4 squishy-soft Hachiya persimmons)
2 cups walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped
2 cups raisins, or diced dried fruits (such as apricots, cranberries, or dates)
1. Butter 2 loaf pans. Line the bottoms with a piece of parchment paper or dust with flour and tap out any excess.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Sift the first 5 dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
4. Make a well in the center then stir in the butter, eggs, liquor, persimmon puree then the nuts and raisins.
5. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Storage: Will keep for about a week, if well-wrapped, at room temperature. The Persimmon Breads take well to being frozen, too.
We did not use nuts because we did not have any and we used crown as our liquor.
Here are some pics:
Orange for Halloween.. Right?!
I was grumpy.. can you tell ;0
Really, I love the color!
The dogs waiting patiently for the bread to finish (Like they are going to get any!)
Sorry about the fork mark in the middle of the loaf. Rookie mistake
And now for the taste tester shots...
Score! She gave it 5 stars!
It was SO yummy!
We even got to boo our neighbors with the other loaf.
And.... Brent just asked if we could go pick MORE today!
I am going to turn into a persimmon!!