Persimmon pudding is dense, velvety treat that dates from Reagan White House years

RECIPE FINDER

December 17, 2008|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Claire Krach of Glen Arm was looking for a recipe for Nancy Reagan's Persimmon Pudding that she said dates to the Reagan White House.

Janet Morrissey of Baltimore had the recipe, which was clipped from a newspaper and taped to a recipe card in her mother's recipe box. She says it is a very good dessert that everyone in her family loves.

Persimmons are available from October through December. This dense, velvety pudding will make for an elegant and festive finish to any holiday meal.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@baltsun.com.

The nutritional analyses accompanying recipes in today's You section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

NANCY REAGAN'S PERSIMMON PUDDING WITH BRANDY SAUCE

(serves 8)

Pudding:

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour, sifted

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 cup persimmon pulp, from 3 to 4 ripe persimmons

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons warm water

3 tablespoons brandy, plus about 1/4 cup for flaming

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup seedless raisins

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

2 tablespoons grated orange peel (optional)

Brandy Whipped Cream Sauce:

1 egg

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

dash of salt

1 tablespoon brandy flavoring

1 cup heavy cream

To make pudding: : Stir together butter and sugar. Resift flour with salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and add to butter-and-sugar mixture.

Add persimmon pulp, baking soda dissolved in warm water, brandy and vanilla. Add eggs, mixing thoroughly but lightly. Add raisins, pecans and orange peel, stirring until mixed.

Turn into a buttered 5- to 6-cup heatproof mold. Cover mold and place on rack in pot. Pour enough boiling water into pot to reach halfway up sides of mold.

Cover pot and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove mold from water and let stand for a few minutes, then unmold onto a serving plate.

To serve:: At table, pour about 1/4 cup of warmed brandy over pudding and light. Serve with Brandy Whipped Cream Sauce.

To make Brandy Whipped Cream Sauce: : Beat egg until light and fluffy. Beat in melted butter, powdered sugar, salt and brandy flavoring. Beat 1 cup heavy cream until stiff. Fold whipped cream into butter mixture. Cover and chill until ready to use. Stir before spooning onto pudding.

Note:: If you prefer not to use raw egg in the sauce, simply combine whipped cream with a little powdered sugar and a little brandy flavoring. It will have a different texture and consistency but will taste delicious with the pudding.

Per serving: : 661 calories, 6 grams protein, 37 grams fat, 20 grams saturated fat, 81 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 170 milligrams cholesterol, 449 milligrams sodium

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