Spiced Persimmon Bread

My roomie’s mom used to make persimmon bread – or persimmon cake, it was so moist – every fall when a neighbor’s tree was harvested and freeze a few loaves. We really loved this bread and looked forward to getting one of those loaves. Sadly, we haven’t had the joy of this in several years, but I went on a persimmon hunt this year and found a few at a local market. This recipe is a close recreation of Toni Kelly’s recipe using low carb flours. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, this bread would be a great brunch item or even a mid-morning snack before the main meal. If you don’t have persimmons, substitute in peaches. (And peaches are lower in carbs.) Neither fruit is on the first phases of the Atkins plan, but if you’re mindful of the carb count, you can fudge a little.

It can be made with almond flour and coconut flour, but if you are going to go for low carb baking, I really recommend using a low carb baking mix like CarbQuick or LC Foods or Bob’s Red Mill, even if you have to order it. The actual carb count varies with the flours used. I use CarbQuick for most of my baking and I am happy with the flavor and texture. All low carb flours tend to be pricey, but Netrition has the best prices on Carbquick that I’ve found so far. For the gluten free readers, they also have gluten free flours that can be substituted. Use at least two flours to get a flavor mix. I also use vanilla whey protein powder often in my baking. It’s not required, but it helps with texture as well as flavor. If you like the taste of soy flour, which I don’t, you can also substitute it for one of the flours. Peanut flour brings a peanut flavor with it and I wouldn’t use it in most recipes unless you want the peanut taste. Most other nut flours have a mild flavor and aren’t as noticeable in the recipe.

For this recipe, I used a combination Hachiya persimmons for 1/2 cup of the pulp and Fuyu persimmons for the other 1/2 cup. The Hachiya are baking persimmons and need to be ripened until they turn to a jelly consistency before using. The Fuyu are eating persimmons, but work wonderfully in baking and can be used as soon as they are just slightly soft.

Spiced Persimmon Bread

1 cup Persimmon pulp
3/4 cup Carbquick
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
1/4 cup Vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
3 large Eggs
1 tablespoon Cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground
1/2 tsp C love, ground
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Sugar Substitute
1/2 cup Brown Sugar Substitute
1/2 cup Pecans or Walnuts, chopped

Peel about 3 persimmons and cut into cubes. Put in food processor to puree. Measure out. Should not be more than one cup.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or spray with baking spray a small loaf pan.

In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – flours, protein powder, coconut flour, baking soda and baking powder. In a separate larger bowl, mix the liquid ingredients – eggs and coconut oil – with the white and brown sugar substitutes and the vanilla. Add the persimmon pulp and seasonings, then mix in the flour. If the batter is too thick to stir easily, add enough water to make it easy to stir. Then stir in the nuts. Pour into the bread pan.

Bake for 45 minutes, then test with a toothpick inserted in the middle. The toothpick should come out clean. If not, bake another 5 minutes and retest. You want it to be moist, but not undercooked. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack or a plate.

Makes about 14 slices.

Nutrition Info per slice:
Calories: 148   Fat: 12.9 g   Net Carbs: 3.4 g   Protein: 4.3 g

Originally POSTED BY RENE AVERETT AT 11/24/2013 10:30 AM