Homemade Persimmon Pudding… An Autumn Delight!

Oh, my it’s smelling so good… Just like Autumn

You did know…  “Autumn” has a smell all it’s own…

It smells of burning leaves…

It smells of ripened fruit

It smells of steaming soups…

It smells of Pumpkin Pie…

It smells of warm fires…

It smells of apple cider…

But, actually I’m thinking more on the lines of a Spicy Homemade Persimmon Pudding

My grandkids had collected the persimmons last Saturday at the park… We had eaten dinner under this tree… when I noticed all of the persimmons  lying on the ground… I looked up and saw the branches just covered in this Autumn fruit

My mind races backward in time to the Persimmon Tree in our yard where I grew up…

Yes, I had experienced that awful bitter taste of the unripe fruit… but, also the sweetness of it after ripening to it’s softness… I remember how we watched where the persimmons had fallen… having squished a few between my toes

My next thought was that wonderful taste of Persimmon Pudding… I had eaten it at a craft bazaar called “Autumn On The River”  … They have it every October… in Bethlehem, Indiana… My brother and his wife lived there for many years…

I had to try it… It was rich in colorbrowned from baking… resembled a wetmoist cake… but, it was a pudding… I recall the Christmas Pudding in the story… “A Christmas Carol”… Bet it was similar!…

As I said… “It’s smelling good!”  …

The smell entices my nose with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves True Autumn scents

I’m baking my version of Persimmon Pudding by combining different recipes off of the internet… Some of these recipes go back a hundred years… and some are from Indiana …where I first tasted it!…

I was on my own with this one… No one I knew had made it… So remembering my Mom and how she did things … I began

I cleaned the persimmons by washing them gently under cold water removing the top little cap each piece of fruit wears… It resembles an acorn… Also the little tip of a stem on the other end…

Now, this fruit  has many seeds inside… and is fairly slimy… for lack of any better word to describe

I decided to cook them a little… Maybe about 8 minutes stirring them to dislodge the seeds from the pulp…

I then strained this mixture through my Mom’s old metal colander… Thinking of her as I did

… Hoping she might somehow guide me through this process…

I was able to press out out about 1-1/2 cups of pulp… It was looking good

I stirred the following ingredients into the pulp

2-1/2-cups plain flour

1-1/2 -teaspoons baking soda

2- 1/2- eggs

1 -1/2 cups sugar

1-teaspoon vanilla

1-teaspoon grated nutmeg

1- teaspoon cinnamon

1-teaspoon of powdered cloves

I stirred with a whisk until thoroughly blended

It was light in color and a fairly thin batter

Dotted with margarine/butter…

I greased two ceramic/glass baking dishes to bake it in… 350 degrees… 1 -1/4 hours… 

It will not jiggle when done… and does turn that rich dark brown color

A smaller one to use for taste testing

And the bigger one to share if it turned out alright…

Well, it’s out of the ovenwarm… sweet with spices and the persimmon… a yummy saucy bottom…

and……..

Yes!… it is so good!… If I do say so myself… Worth all of the trouble???…. Definitely!  

and I have to thank my Momma

I know she was watching over my shoulder the whole time…

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