Persimmon Butter

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I cannot believe I have been “missing out” on this Fruit for so many years!  I was given a bunch of Fuyu Persimmons recently and was inspired to create something.  After a few attempts and recipes it has quickly become apparent that this unique fruit will be a staple, in my kitchen, each Autumn season!  This recipe takes some time, since I use my SlowCooker, BUT it is easy and so worth it!

Let me preface, I am a huge fan of Apple Butter…So I am very excited to conclude…This might be the best Fruit Butter I have ever tasted!  Batch 2 is already in the works, I simple cannot get enough!

Recipe Secret: I’ve begun grinding my own seasoning when I can.  I have a small Mortar & Pestle that works well for small batches, and I honestly think it makes a significant difference in the vibrancy of your seasonings!

What You Will Need:

  • 10-12 Fuyu Persimmons
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (fine, freshly ground)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (fine, freshly ground)
  • 1/3 cup raw local Honey
  • 6-7 jars (6 oz each)
  • 6 qt SlowCooker (if using a smaller capacity, simply adjust the ingredients)
  • High Powered Blender (I wanted a very smooth consistency)

How It’s Done:

  1. Wash, and trim the tops off the Persimmons.  The roughly quarter, removing any hard seeds, and add to the slow cooker.
  2. Juice the Lemon over the top of the Persimmons, give them a stir to ensure even distribution.
  3. Cook on High for 2 Hours
  4. After the 2 hrs, roughly mash the Persimmons and add the rest of your ingredients.
  5. Cook on Low, for 8 hrs (or overnight) If possible stir every couple of hours.
  6. Once complete, remove from the Slow Cooker and allow to cool completely.
  7. Add to Blender, if using a standard blender work in small batches, Pulse them Puree until a smooth consistency is achieved
  8. Be sure to use sterilized jars (place in boiling water for 5 min before filling) Let the contents reach room temperature before refrigerating.  Persimmon Butter will keep for several weeks (But it probably won’t last that long 😉

Note: Aside from the obvious uses…I think I could eat a whole loaf of bread with this stuff!  This would be a great addition to a pork dish.  I make a roasted Pork Loin that would be a great paired with these flavors!  Be creative & enjoy!

Chocolate-Pomegranate-Ginger Bark

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What you will need:
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao), broken into 1-inch pieces
1½ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 large pomegranate)
1½ tbsp. minced candied ginger
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

How it’s done:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2. Melt the Chocolate …I use the double broiler method on the stove top  http://candy.about.com/od/workingwithchocolate/a/meltchocolate.htm

3. Once melted, gently stir half of the pomegranate seeds, the ginger (break up any clumps with your fingers), and the salt into the chocolate.

4. Scrape the chocolate mixture onto the baking sheet and spread it to desired thickness.

5. Sprinkle the remaining pomegranate seeds evenly over the top, pressing them into the chocolate.

6. Refrigerate until fully set, about 30 minutes.

7. Break the bark into chunks with your hands (be careful not to crush the seeds), and serve. The bark will keep, refrigerated, for up to 5 days.

Recipe from:  http://laradelilah.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/chocolate-pomegranate-ginger-bark/

Peaches & Cream

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Although we are definitely at the end of Peach Season, this is still a good one

  • Freshly made whipped cream (sweetened with coconut sugar)
  • Diced Peaches (season is almost over…but you can obviously substitute anything you want)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

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Sometimes you just need a cookie!  Or in my case…it’s chocolate!

These are fantastic, and SO easy.  I make up a double batch and keep them handy in the freezer, you never know when that craving is going to hit …

What you will need:

  • 3/4 c. Almond Flour
  • 3 tbsp. Unsweetened Shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (butter also works)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1-2  tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 c. dark chocolate chips (note: the smaller the morsels the better, BUT finding that size in an raw, organic option can be difficult)

How it’s done:

  • Mix all ingredients, and roll by hand into bite size balls.  I enjoy them a bit firm so I get them in the freezer or fridge … IF I can wait that long!

Recipe adapted from www.FriskyLemon.com