|Twelfth Night Tea for Two|
Recipe by Robin
It’s the very last day of the holiday season, the feast of the Epiphany. I’m happy to see that some of my neighbors still have the holiday spirit, and have lit their Christmas lights again tonight (one household lights theirs year-round, but let’s disregard that for the moment). This night, also known as Twelfth Night, celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem. Twelfth Night is also a Pagan holiday, a time for masquerades, practical jokes, and for turning the usual social order upside down. Agricultural customs such as wassailing the fields to drive out evil have been traditionally observed on this night.
|Last Night of Holiday Baking|
Most Hachiya persimmon recipes call for combining the persimmon pulp with baking soda, then letting the mixture sit and thicken. Somehow this allows the acid from the fruit to combine with the alkali of the baking soda such that the baked good will rise, as well as making the pulp (and thus the baked good) less watery. If someone knows the culinary chemistry here, please enlighten us with a comment.
Hope you're enjoying your Twelfth Night. I wish you a happy ending to your holiday season.
Makes 18 – 24 bars
½ cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup persimmon pulp
½ tsp. baking soda
1 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 11 inch baking pan.
Mash persimmons with potato masher and stir in baking soda. Combine thoroughly. Set aside.
Melt butter and mix together with sugar in a medium bowl. Let cool.
When butter-sugar mixture is cool, beat eggs until light. Beat eggs into butter-sugar mixture until smooth. Scrape persimmon mixture from its bowl into the butter-sugar-egg mixture. Beat until uniform (there will be some persimmon chunks). Stir in vanilla.
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Sift into the batter, and stir until smooth. Fold in chopped nuts (or chocolate chips) if using.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing.