Yield: Yields one 10-inch cake
Crisp, crunchy varieties of persimmons, like Fuyus, are great eaten out of hand, sliced into salads, and diced into salsas, but this cake, inspired by farmer James Birch of Flora Bella Farm, is the perfect way to show off the softer Hachiya types, which need to be completely soft before they are eaten. I love that these persimmons actually taste of fall and winter— as if they have been grown in fields of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. It’s very strange but so magical to have those flavors reinforced by the fruit itself. This is a great one for the Thanksgiving or Christmas buffet.
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Maple sugar can be found at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, specialty stores, and of course, online. Although you can substitute turbinado or even brown sugar, the maple sugar makes it extra maple-y and special.Excerpted from The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin. Copyright © 2013 by Suzanne Goin. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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