Published on December 1, 2016

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If you’re tired of the same seasonal dessert recipes using apples and pears, we have the ingredient for you: persimmon. With persimmon in season until February, now is the perfect time to pick some up and try something new. These 15 recipes prove this overlooked fruit belongs in your next dessert.

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Apple Persimmon Crumble Pie

Add an element of surprise in your next crumble with a beautiful combination of apples and persimmons. It has the taste of familiarity paired with the unexpected flavor of persimmons.

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Brûléed Persimmon Tarts with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese

You really can’t go wrong with cream cheese and cinnamon, but the addition of thinly-sliced persimmons takes this dish to the next level. 

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Persimmon Sorbet

Who says you can’t have sorbet in the winter? This easy recipe calls for frozen persimmons and coconut milk. It’s refreshing and still packed with seasonal flavor. 

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Spiced Persimmon and Crème Fraiche Custard Tart

Try this recipe with its Autumnal notes of spices and persimmons engulfed in a rich creamy custard—we promise this will become a household favorite. 

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Honey Yogurt Persimmon Tart

This rich tart combines the flavor of honey, persimmons, and brandy swirled to perfection in yogurt mousse. It’s a nice refreshing dessert option for your next holiday party.

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Persimmon Hand Pies

Individual pies are great because there’s no messy slicing or fighting over the last piece. These persimmon hand pies make a great seasonal gift for neighbors, co-workers, or friends. Just pop them in a cute box, add a ribbon and voila!

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Apple Persimmon Pies

Anything dusted in sugar and cinnamon is a good thing. Offset the sweetness with tangy, antioxidant rich persimmons and healthy apples, and you can feel good about these little pies.

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Persimmon and Cinnamon Cake

When baking a trendy naked cake, persimmons are the perfect addition. The vibrant orange color and delicate flavor are ideal for this dessert.

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Ginger Persimmon Scone Muffins

Enjoy these scones with your favorite cup of tea, and the pairing is sure to become a cold morning ritual.

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Persimmon Cobbler

There’s really nothing better than warmed up cobbler on a chilly evening. The soft biscuits absorb the sweetness of the filling, and the sweet fuyu persimmons truly make this dish extraordinary.

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Persimmon Chia Pudding

The creamy thickness of the chia pudding and sweet taste of persimmons make this a vitamin-rich breakfast option.

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Persimmon Almond Rosette Tarts

Impress guests with these ornate, colorful rosette tarts. They may look intimidating to make but only take about 45 minutes to make. Sprinkle them with pomegranate seeds for an extra oomph of color.

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Steamed Persimmon Pudding

Persimmons and pudding go hand in hand. This one is full of golden raisins, candied ginger, pecans and two types of persimmons—hachiyas and fuyu. The dried persimmon garnish adds a sweet touch of sophistication to this flavorful pudding.

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Persimmon Kefir Tart

The persimmon isn’t nicknamed “the fruit of heaven” for nothing. Here, it’s paired with brown sugar atop a rich creamy custard filling, which really does sound heavenly.

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Persimmon Fool Pudding

If dessert and alcohol are your thing, here’s a recipe for you. Pureed persimmons combined with dark rum and sugar makes for a unique and flavorful dessert—perfect for a girl’s night in.