Have you ever tried a persimmon? It was my first time this year but let me just tell you they are easy to like!! This is a simple old fashioned gingerbread loaf recipe that can be made with or without the persimmons but the addition of seasonal fruit definitely takes the spice bread up a notch! Turns out persimmons and the spices that go into gingerbread make quite the seasonal pair.
Since I’d never tried persimmons before, I first tasted a a few slices and the fruit itself was so good it was tempting not to mix it in with a bread but I saved a few slices aside to snack on while baking then got to work.
A week or so later I picked up a few more persimmons at the store to just snack on or put over my weekday morning oats. If you’ve never had them before, make sure you get a ripe one, slightly tender to the touch and not to hard. If you do pick some that are hard, you can ripen them in a paper bag on the kitchen counter for a day or two. Check in after a day to see if the fruit is more soft to the touch, and if it is, it’s ready to be eaten or mixed up into a delicious gingerbread loaf.
If you have tasted persimmons before, how do you like your persimmons? Just by themselves, in bread, cookies?? Feel free to share your persimmon recipe ideas and links in the comments below!
- 1/2 persimmon, sliced and chopped
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup hot water
- Beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat well. Add molasses and egg; beat well.
- Combine flour and next four ingredients; add to butter mixture alternatively with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mis at low speed after each addition.
- Pour batter into a lightly greases and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until wooden toothpick, inserted in center, comes out clean.
- Cool slightly in pan on a wire rack.
- Serve with whipped cream and extra slices of persimmons.