Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
Caramelized Baked Persimmons
October marks the beginning of persimmon season! Persimmons are sweet and juicy--almost custardy at their best. If you are going to eat a persimmon raw, make sure it is ripe! Eating an unripe persimmon raw will leave your mouth with a chalky, unpleasant sensation. Bypass this uncertainty with this delicious caramelized, baked persimmon recipe! The natural sugars of the persimmon combine with honey, butter, and cozy spices to make a mouth-watering persimmon dessert that pairs deliciously with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- 4 Fuyu persimmons, peel and cut in half crosswise
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted (1 tablespoon for the baking dish)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
Peel and cut the tops off of the persimmons, cut them in half crosswise. Place cut side up in the baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine honey, melted butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and salt. Add hot water and stir until dissolved. Pour mixture over fruit.
Cover dish with foil and bake until persimmons are soft, about 35-40 minutes. At the halfway point baste the persimmons with the juice. Recover and continue baking.
Remove foil and spoon syrup over the fruit. Place dish under broiler until persimmons are browned, about 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
Serve hot with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of the syrup.
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The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.