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Persimmon-Spice Butter

From the book D.I.Y. Delicious by
Total Time 2 hours
Yield 1¾ cups

Culinate recipe editor’s note: This ended up being sweeter than I like, perhaps because I started with squishy-ripe persimmons. I added a couple of tablespoons of fresh lime juice, but next time I’ll cut the sugar back to a half-cup. Yummy on toasted, buttered baguette.

Introduction

I like to serve this spiced butter on wheat or rye toast topped with thin slices of Gruyère, or as a layer spread underneath the fruit in an apple galette. Fuyu persimmons are more widely available than the bitter-until-squishy-ripe Hachiyas. This recipe makes a great gift, so you may want to increase the recipe and process it to make it shelf-stable.

Ingredients

lb. Fuyu persimmons, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
½ vanilla bean
cup sugar
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
~ Seeds from 1 green cardamom pod, crushed or finely ground
1 cinnamon stick (2 to 3 inches long)
2 Tbsp. white rum
~ Zest of 1 lime (about ½ teaspoon)

Steps

  1. In a food processor, purée the persimmons until smooth. You will have about 3 cups of pulp. (For a smoother texture, put the pulp through a potato ricer or food mill. If you don’t own one of these implements, don’t worry, as the pulp will break down as it cooks.)
  2. Put the persimmon pulp into a large, wide, heavy-bottomed pot. (Enameled cast iron works well.) The wider the pot, the shorter the cooking time. Also, the taller the better, as the pulp will splatter.
  3. Slice the vanilla bean up one side lengthwise, open it up, and scrape the tiny seeds into the pot with the pulp. Add the vanilla-bean hull to the pot. Add the sugar, maple syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon. Set the pot over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Adjust the heat so the pulp is just barely bubbling and cook, stirring occasionally and checking often to avoid burning and sticking, until the pulp thickens and begins to turn dark, about 1 hour.
  4. Add the rum and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the lime zest and turn off the heat. Let cool, remove the cinnamon stick, transfer to a jar, and refrigerate.

Notes

The butter will keep for up to two weeks in a covered jar in the refrigerator.

This content is from the book D.I.Y. Delicious by Vanessa Barrington.

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