Edible Landscaping - Persimmon Ginger Pudding

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By Charlie Nardozzi

This dessert is a classic holiday dish in our family. It's similar to a plum pudding and we serve it with whipped cream, though hard sauce or vanilla ice cream is elegant.

3/4cups sugar
1/2cup melted butter
3/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2teaspoon ground ginger
2teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
1teaspoon vanilla
4ounces crystallized ginger, chopped in 1/4" pieces
1cup persimmon pulp - approximately 2 medium 'Hachiya' or 8 to 10 American persimmons- peeled and seeded
1cup all-purpose flour
1/4teaspoon salt
1 1/2teaspoons lemon juice
1/2cup chopped slivered almonds

Grease a plum pudding mold (or substitute a 2-pound coffee can and use aluminum foil to cover the can).

Prepare a large stew pot or other container large enough to comfortably fit the pudding mold. (You'll need an inch or two space around the outside of the mold to be able to fit your hands in when lowering the mold into the boiling water). Fill the stew pot with three inches of water and start heating it to simmer.

Mix the ingredients together in the above order. Pour the mixture into the mold and put the cover or aluminum foil on top.

Place the mold in the simmering water. If needed, add boiling water to bring the water level halfway up the mold. Cover the large pan and simmer on low for 2 1/2 hours. Watch to make sure the water level stays up; if needed add more boiling water.

Let pudding stand for an hour or so to cool to lukewarm. Carefully insert a sharp knife down the sides of the mold to slightly loosen the pudding. Place the serving plate on top of the mold and invert the pudding onto the plate. (If the pudding is too cool and will not come out, put the mold back into the hot water for a few minutes and try again). Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6 to 8

Recipe taken from Rosalind Creasy's upcoming Cooking for the Garden (Tuttle Press) cookbook, due out in January 2008.

About Charlie Nardozzi
Thumb of 2020-06-04/Trish/0723fdCharlie Nardozzi is an award winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 30 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. He's the author of 6 books, has three radio shows in New England and a TV show. He leads Garden Tours around the world and consults with organizations and companies about gardening programs. See more about him at Gardening With Charlie.

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