Bread is moist, spicy, delicious


Recipe Finder

December 02, 2009|By Julie Rothman | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Alice Cottle from Fort Bragg, Calif., was looking for a recipe for persimmon bread. Lorraine Hatter from Tremont, Pa., sent in a recipe she found in September/October issue of Good Old Days magazine for the bread. Persimmons are a fall or winter fruit that are very good eaten raw or cooked to make lovely bread when gently spiced with cinnamon and augmented with raisins and chopped walnuts as in this recipe.

This bread is moist and delicious, and keeps well for several days so it makes an ideal gift.

•Anita Charles from Greensboro, N.C., is looking for a marinated flank steak recipe that uses garlic and frozen orange juice and maybe soy sauce.

•Sheila Temporado from Severn is yearning for a recipe for English-style pork pie that is eaten cold.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefin Letters might be edited for clarity.

Persimmon Bread
Makes: 2 loaves (about 8 slices each)

1 cup pulp from fully ripe persimmons (see instructions below)

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 scant teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped raisins

1 cup black walnuts, chopped

To make persimmon pulp: Use any variety of ripe persimmons that are soft, dusky orange with a faint purple tinge. Wash persimmons, peel them, remove seeds and cut fruit into chunks. Place in a heavy pan and add a small amount of water. Cook until chunks are soft. Strain.

To make bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 small loaf pans.

In a large mixing bowl, combine persimmon pulp, brown sugar and oil, mixing thoroughly. Stir in eggs; blend well.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir dry ingredients into persimmon mixture. Add raisins and nuts. Mix well. Pour into pans and bake 50 minutes. Test for doneness and bake another 10 minutes if needed. Cool upside down on rack.

Nutrition information
Per serving: 304 calories, 19 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 4 grams protein, 30 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 26 milligrams cholesterol, 243 milligrams sodium

Note: Nutritional analyses in today's Taste section were conducted by registered dietitian Jodie Shields unless otherwise stated.

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