Persimmon Anise Cake

October 29, 2020
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Photo by Sohnmat
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Growing up, dessert in a Korean household was always fruit. I wanted to create a simple snack cake using Korean persimmons and anise as a homage to my favorite Korean fruit. —Sohnmat

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 cup persimmons (about 3)
  • 3 tablespoons honey or agave
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-3 star anise pods
  1. Turn oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-inch baking dish with butter.
  2. Make sure persimmons are ripe otherwise they will not be sweet but chalky and inedible. It should be soft to touch.
  3. Peel skin and mash the persimmons to release all their juices and stir in 3 tablespoons of honey and star anise pods. Set aside so the anise flavor can infuse with the persimmons and honey.
  4. Whisk together the melted butter, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Then add the flour and baking powder and continue whisking until the batter is mixed well.
  5. Move the batter to the greased baking dish and spread evenly.
  6. Take the star anise out of the persimmon mixture and discard. Spread the persimmon mixture over the top of the batter.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 28 minutes. Check that it is done with a toothpick in the center. It should come out clean.
  8. Serve with warm butter and raspberry jam.

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