I'm on a quest today. I bought a bag of persimmon from the craft fair. Then we got home to find our neighbour waiting with some more for us. Before I came to Japan I feel certain that I had never even heard of persimmon much less eaten one. What do you do with them?
I searched on my new favourite blog Simply Recipes and found out what kind we have. Apparently ours are the hard Fuyu variety which are peeled and eaten like apples. My mother-in-law would definitely put out the little fruit forks with these.
What I want to do is cook them up into a cake. I haven't done any baking this week. I'm wondering if it will work out. Perhaps I'll have to stew them first ... I'll be back later with the results.
The other kind of persimmons are called Hachiya. They are the soft juicy ones, according to Simply Recipes. Our other neighbours have a tree dripping with fruit so if I see them I might be able to get some of them for baking. Here's a recipe from Simply Recipes.
Persimmon Pudding Cake
There is also a recipe for Persimmon Cookies there too.