Steamed Persimmon Pudding

We steamed our pudding in an antique metal pudding mold with a fitted lid. A ceramic pudding basin or mixing bowl, covered tightly with buttered parchment paper then with foil, will also work.

  • Servings: 12
Steamed Persimmon Pudding

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2006

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for mold
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup Calvados or other brandy
  • 1/4 cup sultanas, (golden raisins)
  • 3 to 4 very soft Hachiya persimmons
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, dissolved in 1 1/2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger
  • Oven-Dried Persimmon Slices, for garnish
  • Calvados Cream, for serving

Directions

  1. Butter a 12-cup pudding mold. Fill a large pot fitted with a steamer insert with enough water to come halfway up mold (test this with an empty mold); set aside. Sift flour, spices, and salt in a bowl; set aside. Put Calvados and sultanas into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Drain; discard liquid. Set raisins aside.

  2. Meanwhile, slice tops off persimmons. Scoop out flesh, and press through a sieve into a bowl, discarding skins (you should have 1 1/2 cups persimmon puree). Whisk in milk; set aside.

  3. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice. Add persimmon mixture in 2 batches, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition. Mix in baking soda mixture. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in pecans, sultanas, and ginger. Pour into prepared mold; cover with buttered parchment and lid.

  4. Bring water in prepared pot to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Carefully lower mold into steamer. Cover pot, and steam until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 3 to 3 1/2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure water level is maintained (add hot water as needed).

  5. Transfer mold to a wire rack; remove lid and parchment. Let cool 15 minutes. Unmold pudding onto a plate, and cut into slices. Serve with persimmon slices and Calvados cream.

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