Two weeks ago my produce shipment included several Fuyu persimmons (shorter, squattier not acorn shaped, more suitied to raw eating). Last weekend I noticed a few had turned pretty ripe, jelly like, and while I don’t enjoy slicing them and serving them in salads and other items in that state, it is great for baking.
I took cue from Joy the Baker and adapted her recipe.
1 3/4 C sifted flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 C + 2 T sugar
1/2 C melted butter cooled to room temperature
2 eggs room temperature, lightly beaten
1/2 C scant cognac, bourbon, or whiskey
1 C persimmon puree (~4 Fuyu persimmons, overly ripe, skinned and pulp pureed in a food processor)
1 C unsalted, lightly roasted almonds, chopped into meal and chunks (food processor)
1 C raisins or diced dried fruits + 1 tsp baking soda
Add baking soda to diced dried fruits/raisins and add 1 C boiling water. Set aside to hydrate.
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a loaf pan generously and dust with flour.
Sift dry ingredients together, make a well in the center. Stir in butter, eggs, liquor, persimmon puree, almonds and finally the drained raisins or fruit.
Bake 1 hour, until skewer or toothpick inserted to middle comes out clean or with dried crumbs.
Would be great served with room-temperature cream cheese or creme fraiche when warm.