Confession: I go through food phases.
I recently saw them at our local health food store, and was on the hunt for a recipe. I had never tried one before, and therefore had to rectify the situation. Every food deserves at least one try. Yes, even you schnitzel [never again].
After I saw this recipe I promptly drove back to the Good Earth to buy persimmons for the dessert. Fuyu, not Hachiya. That’s important to note- they’re different! Here’s a quick persimmon lesson: Fuyu = good to go once you see them in the grocery store, even if they’re slightly hard. Hachiya = you better be darn sure they’re ripe [they’ll be ridiculously soft, almost like a water balloon] because otherwise you’ll be left with zero saliva in your mouth. Like none. It’s crazy. If I remember correctly it has to do with the high amount of tannins present in the fruit before they’re ripe. I kind of want to do a science experiment just to see what it feels like…
OK, lesson over. Basically, buy some persimmons and bake those suckers. After tasting them I think they could be substituted for apples [or even peaches] in any baking recipe. They have a similar flavor to a sweet apple, and have a slight cinnamon taste which screams ‘PIE’ if you ask me. Next mission: persimmon pie/crumble/tart. Wish me luck!
ps- sorry about the pictures, with the sun going down at 5:00, and fluorescent lighting in the kitchen it’s been difficult to get any pictures in : /