We’ve gotten a ton of secondhand produce (LOL is that a term? What else would you call it when someone gives you their excess produce?) this year & it has been wonderful experimenting with items I haven’t worked with much before. There was a bag full of persimmons sitting on our counter for a few days and I was unsure of what to do with them. The only other time I’ve made anything with persimmons is these Rose tarts. I put up a question box in my instagram story, asking if anyone had persimmon recipe ideas & one person suggested Joy the Baker’s Persimmon Pudding but I decided on her Persimmon Bread. I made a few tweaks & it became Persimmon & Pear Bread instead.
Easy persimmon & pear bread recipe
Prep Time: About 30 mins | Cook Time: About 1 hour | Servings: About 8 / loaf pan
Easy persimmon & pear bread Ingredients
- 3 1/2 cups sifted AP flour (I don’t have a sifter so I used a strainer/colander)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (then melted)
- 4 large eggs (I used 3 duck eggs, because they were HUGE), at room temperature
- 2/3 cup bourbon or other brown liquor of choice
- 1 cup persimmon puree (4 small persimmons)
- 1 cup pear puree (2 medium pears)
- 2 cups walnuts, toasted & chopped
- 2 cups raisins (I used golden)
Note: I think you could swap out a lot of different fruit purees for this. It is very versatile!
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease & flour 2 loaf pans.
- Sift flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and sugar into a large bowl. Mix.
- Toast the walnuts in a pan briefly, then chop. Peal the persimmons and pears, dice, then puree. Melt the unsalted butter.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients. Add melted butter, eggs, bourbon, persimmon & pear puree, walnuts & raisins. Mix until evenly incorporated.
- Pour mixture into prepared loaf pans, leaving about an inch of space for the bread to rise.
- Bake for about an hour, but check occasionally. It should be brown on top & a toothpick or skewer stuck into the bread should come out clean.
The bread is delicious out of the oven, after cooling off a bit! Though you can really taste the different fruits the following day. I’ve also heard that if you put cream cheese on a slice it tastes like an even better version of carrot cake! It makes a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert!