The Forum: Inspirational persimmon pudding

  • By Judyrae Kruse Herald columnist
  • Friday, November 7, 2008 4:08pm
  • Life

‘I tried to find persimmon pudding recipes for Patricia Robinson of Everett,” faithful Arlington helper-outer Jean Kroeze writes, “and did find four, but none of them are steamed. Maybe she could experiment with them and use the cooking method she remembers.

“As usual, ‘Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers’ came through with three of the recipes, and the ‘Farm Journal Country Cookbook’ had the fourth.”

Jean also mentions, “In case any of your readers are interested, I saw a copy of this ‘Favorite Recipes’ cookbook series, for desserts, in the Remember When antique store in Snohomish last winter. It may still be there.”

Of the four choices Jean sent along, let’s start with the Minnesota version. Although some recipes say this particular dessert can be served hot or cold, this one is to be served cold, topped with whipped cream.

And Everett cook Barbara Garton offers us a persimmon pudding that gets its finishing touch from either a hard sauce or cream, plain or whipped. She notes the recipe is taken from her 1959 deluxe illustrated edition of “Encyclopedia of Cooking.”

Now for the how-to:


1/3cup butter

1cup sugar


3cups sifted flour

1teaspoon baking powder

1teaspoon nutmeg

1quart milk

1pint persimmon puree

2teaspoons lemon juice

Whipped cream

Cream butter and sugar togther well. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Sift together flour, baking powder and nutmeg. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Add persimmon puree and lemon juice and beat well.

Bake in a buttered, 9-by-13-inch baking pan at 250 degrees for 2 hours. When cold, slice and serve with whipped cream.

Makes 12 servings.


1cup persimmon pulp (about 3 large persimmons)

2eggs, well beaten

About 1 cup milk

11/2tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

1cup sifted flour

1/2teaspoon baking soda

3/4cup sugar

1/2teaspoon salt

1/4teaspoon cinnamon

1/4teaspoon nutmeg

1/2cup raisins or chopped nuts (optional)

Hard sauce or cream, plain or whipped

Mix persimmon pulp with eggs; add milk and butter or margarine. Mix and sift flour, baking soda, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; combine with first mixture and mix to a soft batter, adding more milk, if necessary. Add raisins or nuts, if used.

Pour into a buttered 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with hard sauce or with cream, plain or whipped.

Makes 6 servings.

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