I never thought I'd say this, but I seem to be buttered-out.
Perhaps it was the scant half pound of butter in this maple bourbon pecan pie combined with the fact that 1) I had to make it three times and 2) I have no willpower when it comes to pie. Or maybe it was this bacon leek fennel quiche, chock full of butter, cream, bacon, and cheese. (I think I had a heart attack just typing that.)
Maybe it was the knitting party that I went to where I was forced to devour crack sticks aka cheese straws (made by the host! who I'd never met before! from this blog!), the best snickerdoodles ever, sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies, hot chocolate, and brie.
Whatever the case, I need a break. Today I made a vegan kale and quinoa salad for dinner. It felt like opening the car window when the heater has begun to suffocate you.
And then I did something else out of character: I swapped out the butter in this persimmon bread for olive oil.
I know! It must be because I turned thirty last week. That means I can do whatever I want now, right?
So I made Deborah Madison's persimmon tea cake (aka persimmon bread) from Local Flavors, which I'd made before. But for some reason, this time it emerged from the oven sporting a cavernous center and dry texture.
Inspired by this tangerine olive oil cake, I decided to trade my beloved butter for olive oil. Just this once. Since olive oil is liquid at room temperature, whereas butter is solid, it can keep cakes and quick breads more moist.
It worked like a charm (though I did make it three more times to get the proportions just so). Persimmons have a complex, fruity flavor and so does a good extra-virgin olive oil. They bring out the best in each other, each creating a depth of flavor that you can't quite put your finger on.
|Hachiya and fuyu persimmons|
Fuyu Persimmons & Hachiya Persimmons
As you may have inferred from the title, this persimmon bread contains not one, but two types of persimmons. Heart-shaped hachiyas, ripe to the point of bursting, get turned into a silky puree and whisked into eggs and brown sugar. I love having those sunny orbs lined up and ripening on my windowsill in December, the darkest time of the year. Fuyu persimmons, the squat ones, are tumbling into the markets now, too, colored the same reddish-orange as the freshly painted Golden Gate Bridge. These are ripe when still firm, and excellent simply sliced and crunched. Diced fuyus get folded into the batter which is laced with plump currants, toasty walnuts and a bit of spice.
Jay gushed that the baked pieces of fuyus resemble gooey, sweet marshmallows – and this from a man who doesn't even really like persimmons (or marshmallows... or gushing). In fact, Jay has been downright possessive of this bread, forbidding me to give any of it away (sorry, people I usually foist baked goods upon).
Maybe that's because this persimmon bread is stingily sweetened, and made with whole-grain flour. The tender loaf crumbles slightly when you slice it, keeps like a dream for days, and makes an excellent breakfast or snack on its own, or toasted and smeared with cream cheese.
Or, you know, butter.
More Persimmon Recipes:
- Persimmon Pudding
- Persimmon Galettes
- Herbed Kale Salad with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Maple-Cumin Dressing
- Persimmon Cranberry Crisp
Frostings to go on Persimmon Bread:
- Sweet Potato Bread
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
- Paleo Banana Bread with Chocolate
- Grain-Free Banana Bread with Cinnamon and Walnuts
- Paleo Vegan Zucchini Bread with Tahini and Chocolate
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Persimmon BreadPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (5 ounces)
- 3/4 cup whole spelt (or whole wheat pastry) flour (3 1/2 ounces)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar (7 1/4 ounces)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup olive oil (3 1/2 ounces by weight)
- 3/4 cup hachiya persimmon puree (see headnote) (6 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped or broken up
- 1/2 cup plump, fresh currants
- 1 cup fuyu persimmon in 1/2" dice (from 1 large or 2 small fuyus, see note)
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350º. Line an 8 x 4" loaf pan with a sling of parchment paper (or grease with softened butter or pan spray).
- In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices.
- In another large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, oil, persimmon puree and vanilla.
- Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wets until almost smooth, then stir in the walnuts, currants and diced fuyus, and stir to distribute evenly.
- Scrape the batter into the lined pan. Bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean (a few moist crumbs are fine), 60-70 minutes. Cool completely at room temperature.
- Slices of cake are excellent toasted and topped with cream cheese, greek yogurt or crème fraîche.
- The cake will keep for up to 4 or 5 days at room temperature, but refrigerate it if the weather is humid to prevent mold from forming.