Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's Not To Late for it: Pine Nut Persimmon Coffee Cake

My grandfather is 91 years old, blind, has a fake knee that supports his shrinking 6'4" 160 lb Long John Silver plaid bell bottom rimmed frame. Somehow he manages to still be protective over his precious persimmon tree that hangs into the front yard for all passerby-ers to view. It doesn't look like the tree can sustain all those supple Hachiya beauties. People ring his doorbell and offer him $5 bills for a few fruits. He refuses. They are not ready yet and it they should soften on the tree instead of a window sill. There is no sneaking around this man until the time is right.

When the time for ripe, sugary persimmons comes, there is only so many one can consume on a daily basis.
So I made persimmon coffee cake, using the same base as the Sour Cream Pumpkin Coffee cake  and adding a layer of persimmon pulp instead of the pumpkin.

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup yogurt (I prefer full fat Greek yogurt)
3 large ripe Hachiya persimmons (pulp only)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream butter, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl. Add 3 eggs, beating well. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture alternately with yogurt.
Blend persimmon pulp with cinnamon. Spoon half of batter into 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish, spread to corners. Sprinkle half of the streusel over batter. Spread persimmon mixture over streusel. Carefully spread remaining batter over pumpkin mixture. Spread remaining streusel over top. Bake at 325 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean.

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon 

1/2 cup toasted pine nuts 
Combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon until blended. Stir in chopped nuts.


Diana said...

Sounds amazing! I just recently started working with persimmons - when you catch them at the right moment, they are so delicious! I bet this coffee cake knocks it out of the park. :)

Merry Christmas, TALF!

fam. Constantinides said...

Hi Anna, looks very tasty indeed. I hope you had a nice Christmas. Give my warmest greetings to everyone and especially Edgard next time you talk to him. He is indeed an amazing man.

All the best for 2010

Anna A. said...

Diana, yes, the 'simmons are perfectly sweet at the right moment and it's magic. Merry Xmas to you too! Can't wait for the Big O!

Efthymios, Kalo Kristougenia! I hope to visit you and Marion in Holland this year!

yutjangsah said...

Are these the soft persimmons with the giant seeds from hell? I'm very impressed you are modifying recipes. What confidence! Sounds delicious.

Anna A. said...

Yut, Hello! These are soft persimmons without giant firemonster seeds - I just peeled the skins and put the flesh in the mixer for a bit.

lydia said...

that's right -- don't give them up, grandpa! my granny has a persimmon tree too! this sounds so yum. hope you're having a super rad, delicious holiday, Anna. =)