Persimmons are finally in season. I absolutely love them for their mild and sweet taste. Two varieties commonly found here are Fuyu and Hachiya with Fuyus representing the almost 80% of the persimmon market in the United States. Fuyus are round and squat while Hachiyas have an elongated, acorn shape. Hachiyas should be eaten when fully ripe as they can be very astringent when unripe.
So far I have eaten a bunch of Fuyus and it is now time to incorporate some of them in my cooking. I set aside three to fully ripen so that I can use them in this deliciously moist Persimmon Cranberry Bread, warmly seasoned with cinnamon and cloves. Be sure to use soft ripe persimmons for this recipe. The riper the persimmons, the stronger the flavor.
Since persimmons are very mild in flavor, I threw in half a cup of dried cranberries to give it a little more flavor. Those cranberries also give it a more festive look, perfect for this fall (autumn) season.
This Persimmon Cranberry Bread is best enjoyed warm and in thick slices. Slather with a pad of butter for extra moistness and flavor. Do give it a try.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎