Photo by  Ann Cutting.

Photo by Ann Cutting.

Easy Persimmon Quick Bread

Most quick breads include some sort of very, very ripe fruit, banana being the most well-known. Persimmon bread is made very similarly as you can see by this very easy recipe adapted from the website Epicurious.  Use Hachiya persimmons rather than the smaller, firmer Fuyu variety.  I wait until they are soft, orange blobs, as they sweeten as they ripen. No one will know you are using “ugly” fruit. I like to make a generous loaf plus muffins that can be frozen and re-heated for a quick snack.

Makes 1 large loaf (about 11”x 4”) plus 6 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup persimmon pulp
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp. freshly ground cinnamon
  • Generous grating of whole nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans lightly toasted and chopped
  • 2-3 Tbs. of demerara sugar for topping

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350º F
  • Grease a large loaf pan and 6 count muffin pan with oil. Add a layer of parchment paper to the bottom of the loaf pan for easier removal after baking.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the persimmon pulp and the baking soda. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Add water to the persimmon mixture.
  • Add the persimmon mixture and the flour alternatively to the sugar, oil, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt mixture.
  • Fold in the pecans.
  • Pour the batter ¾ of the way up the large loaf pan and the muffin cups.
  • Sprinkle demerara sugar over the tops of all.
  • Bake the loaf pan for 1 hour until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The muffins require about 30 minutes, but check with a toothpick to be sure.
  • Cool for at least 10 minutes before removing.
  • Delicious served with whipped cream cheese and orange marmalade.