Saturday, December 20, 2008

Persimmon Bread

Let's see. Doing last minute things for Christmas.

Yesterday I finally spent two hours at Starbucks writing Christmas cards. I say finally because I had planned to do this two weeks ago on Friday and then last Friday but since I was down and out I only squeaked under the wire yesterday. If I stayed at home I knew I'd putz around with other things; house cleaning, knitting, dog walking, house cleaning, blog reading, house cleaning, Internet browsing and house cleaning. Not to say that all those things don't have to get done too but sometimes I feel like a mouse in a maze and so I scheduled Christmas cards at Starbucks. I brought my own mug, sat in a corner and enjoyed a sinfully delicious piece of chocolate cake. Well, I still have Japanese cards to send out but I've got til New Years to do those. One to-do thing checked off of my list!

I came home and decided to bake. See, I get off on all these tangents! I didn't have to bake. But I had the ingredients and the persimmons that were softening up nicely and just right for making Persimmon bread so I baked for two hours and worked on Tetsu's vest at the same time. I'll take the bread to the church pot luck on Sunday.

Here is my Persimmon Bread recipe (actually it is Marlene's). It tastes much better than it looks (I'm very bad at presentation and wrapping things.) I love baking in the little paper loaf pans so that loaves can be given away as is and no pan washing afterwards!

Persimmon Bread
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup brand or hot water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups persimmon pulp
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup walnuts
  1. Soak raisins and hot water.
  2. Mix sugars, persimmon and oil. Add eggs.
  3. Add dry ingredients. Add raisins (and any liquid from soaking) and walnuts.
  4. Pour into 4 greased and floured loaf pans (or use the paper ones like I do).
  5. Bake 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

Hope you're getting done all that needs to be done!


yumi said...

Hi Tanya-san.
I missed a big chance.
I have just thrown away last few percimmons left over from my father's garden. We can get bunch of them every year. I will try to make this bread next year for sure.

R.H. said...

You do seem to keep yourself extreamly busy.LOL I just couldn't find the time to write Christmas Cards this year, too much going on on my life. But I do like the idea of Starbucks. Perhaps, I'll stop there tomorrow for a relaxing Latte! Rae Ann

Fuji Mama said...

Oh yum! I LOVE persimmons. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Diane said...

I clicked on the first photo to get a better look at your Christmas card. What a great family photo! It's clever the way you included the pets.

Chocolate Cat said...

Sounds like a great way to get the Christmas cards done! I was SO happy to get the last of mine posted last week. That bread looks great!

Karen said...

That sounds like a tasty recipe and the Christmas cards are wonderful.

Merry Christmas!