Honey-Baked Persimmons with Vanilla and Cinnamon

Winter is here, which brings the arrival of persimmons! These orange delights are under-rated and people often don't know what to do with them. So here's a recipe for a quick, simple and healthy dessert that will (hopefully) make you fall in love with them!

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Honey-Baked Persimmons with Vanilla and Cinnamon

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50-55 minutes

 

Ingredients

4 just ripe (but still firm) Fuyu persimmons

1 cinnamon stick

4 slices fresh ginger

2 whole star anise (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or essence

4 tablespoons liquid honey

1/3 cup boiling water

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of 2-3 limes or 1 lemon

Natural yoghurt, creme fraiche or vanilla ice-cream, to serve

4-6 small wedges of lemon or lime, to serve

 

Method

Preheat oven to 200 °C.

1. Cut persimmons in half horizontally (you can leave the skins on). Place cut-side-up in a baking dish. Combine cinnamon, ginger, star anise (if using), vanilla, honey, lemon zest and juice and boiling water in a bowl, then pour over persimmons.

2. Cover with tinfoil and bake for about 45 minutes, or until persimmons are soft. Check on the persimmons halfway through cooking time and if they are looking dry you can top up with a little more liquid if needed.

3. Switch oven to grill. Remove tinfoil and spoon honey syrup over the top of the persimmons, then return to the oven to grill for 5-10 minutes or until the tops are caramelised and browned.

To serve, divide persimmons between serving plates and serve with a dollop of yoghurt, crème fraiche or scoop of ice-cream on the side. Drizzle over syrup from the baking dish, and serve with a wedge of lemon or lime to squeeze over just before eating.

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