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Persimmon Bars

1 c Persimmon puree *
1 ts Baking soda
1 Egg
1 c Sugar
1/2 c Salad oil
8 oz Pitted dates (about 1-1/2 c lightly packed), finely snipped
1 3/4 c All-purpose flour
1 ts Salt
1 ts Cinnamon
1 ts Nutmeg
1/4 ts Ground cloves
1 c Chopped walnuts or pecans
Lemon glaze (recipe follows).
Persimmon Puree: You'll need fully ripe pointed-tip persimmons--pulp should be soft and jelly like. Cut fruits in half and scoop out pulp with a spoon. Discard skin, seeds, and stem. In a blender or food processor, whirl pulp, a portion at a time, until smooth (you'll need 2 or 3 med. size persimmons for 1 cup puree). For each cup puree, thoroughly stir in 1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice. To store, freeze in 1-cup batches in rigid containers; thaw, covered, at room temperature.

Prepare persimmon puree; measure out 1 cup and stir in baking soda. Set aside. In a large bowl, lightly beat egg; then stir in sugar, oil, and dates.

In another bowl, stir together flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; add to date mixture alternately with persimmon mixture, stirring just until blended. Stir in walnuts. Spread batter evenly in a lightly greased, flour-dusted 10 by 15-inch rimmed baking pan. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned and a pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Let cool in pan on a rack for 5 minutes.

Prepare Lemon Glaze: In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbs. lemon juice until smooth. Spread over cookies. Let cool completely; then cut into 2 by 2-1/2 inch bars. Store covered. Makes 2-1/2 dozen.

Persimmon Cake
1 c Sugar
1 ts Allspice
8 tb Margarine
1 c Raisins
3 c Flour
1 c Chopped dates
1 ts Cinnamon
3 x Eggs
2 c Persimmon pulp
2 c Nuts
1 ts Nutmeg
1 ts Baking powder

Cream margarine and sugar; add eggs. Mix all dry ingredients. Add persimmon pulp to egg and sugar mix. Gradually add flour mixture. Add raisins, chopped dates and nuts. Bake at 325F for 1-1 1/2 hours. Test with toothpick so you don't overcook. Makes a very moist cake.

Persimmon Pie
1 Unbaked 9-inch pie crust
2 c Persimmon puree
1 tb Flour
1/3 c Honey
1 tb Sorghum
1 ts Cinnamon
1/2 ts Nutmeg
1/8 ts Allspice
3 Eggs
1 c Evaporated milk

Brush crust with egg white from one of the eggs; set aside. Mix persimmon with flour, honey, sorghum and spices. Beat in eggs and milk. Pour into prepared pie crust. Bake at 400F 40-50 minutes until pie doesn't jiggle when shaken. Cover edges with circle of foil if crust begins to brown too much.

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