It’s that time of year again—persimmon time. Last year at this time I ate my very first persimmon. I thought it was the most delicious thing I had ever tasted. Right up there with fresh steamed artichokes. Bliss. And now they’re hear again, my lovely persimmons.
Of course I love to eat persimmons raw, so ripe that they squish with the faintest touch. I know they say you should always cook Hachiya (the kind I get), but I don’t see why. As long as they’re uber-ripe, I love to eat them raw.
However, this morning I did bake a couple of them. I put them on top of these scones. This recipe is based on Blueberry Bliss Cookies, from my friend Hallie’s new book. These gluten scones are crunchy on the outside, and crumbly when you bite into them—just like a scone should be. If you don’t like persimmons (covering my ears) another fruit would work.
Persimmon Gluten Free Scones
Whisk to combine.
1/2 cup coconut oil, liquified
2 tbsp water
1/8 to 1/4 tsp vanilla liquid stevia
Mix with electric mixer. (It will be flakey.)
Lightly grease your sheet or use unbleached parchment paper.
Use an ice cream sized scoop (the kind for getting large scoops of ice cream) or use your hands to make 5 scoops.
Press each ball down to flatten some. Using the back of your scoop (or a soup ladle if you don’t have the scooper) make a well for the persimmon to sit in (as seen above).
For the persimmons: Remove the tops. Your persimmons should be so soft that it comes off very easily. Slice the persimmon in half and then slice each half into two or three sections. With the flesh side up, use your finger to hold down the skin and run your knife between the skin and the flesh to remove the skin. If you see any seeds, remove them.
Fill each well with persimmon that has been skinned.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until they are nicely browned.
Cool them on the sheet—they will be too soft to move just yet.
After they are cool they are ready to eat, although I like to pop them in the freezer for 15 minutes to get them a little dryer and crunchier.
Makes 5 scones.