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>> REGINA MEHALLICK of R Bistro888 Massachusetts Ave., 317-423-0312
“When I moved here 11 years ago, I was unfamiliar with the persimmon. But it has become a staple.”
2 eggs, separated, at room temperature3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed1 cup persimmon pulp1/2 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp nutmeg1/2 tsp salt1/2 cup condensed milk1/2 cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 450. Beat the egg yolks and then combine with the sugar, persimmon pulp, and spices. Stir in the milks.
Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whites into the persimmon mixture. Spoon into a 9-inch unbaked pie shell and bake for 10 minutes. Lower heat to 325 and bake 30 minutes longer. Test for doneness by inserting a knife into the center. When it comes out clean, the pie is done.
>> MICAH FRANK of Black Market 922 Massachusetts Ave., 317-822-6757
“I like to incorporate persimmon pulp into a vinaigrette, adding the perfect sweetness and viscosity to dress an autumn salad of pears, kale, and squash.”
1/2 cup persimmon pulp1/4 cup champagne vinegar2 tbs brown sugar2 shallots2 tbs minced fresh gingerjuice and zest of 1 orangesalt and pepper to taste1/2 cup olive oil1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
Combine first six ingredients in a blender with salt and pepper. Slowly incorporate the oils with the blender running until the vinaigrette is emulsified.
>> ZACHARI WILKS of The Ball & Biscuit 331 Massachusetts Ave., 317-636-0539
“Persimmons transport me back to Grandma’s kitchen during the holidays.”
1 ounce vodka1 ounce persimmon syrup*1/2 ounce lemon juice1/2 ounce orange juiceSprig of mint for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, persimmon syrup, lemon juice, and orange juice with enough ice to fill the shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
3 persimmons, chopped1/4 tsp vanilla extract1/8 tsp cinnamon1/8 tsp nutmeg2 cups water3/4 cup sugar
In a medium pot, dissolve the sugar in the water over medium heat. Add the chopped persimmons, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook on low heat until the persimmons are soft and the water has reduced to syrup. Puree the contents of the pot in a blender until completely smooth. Press the puree through a strainer. Discard the solids and conserve the persimmon syrup.
Photo by Tony Valainis.
This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.
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