Saturday, December 12, 2020

2020 Bumper Crop KAKI - Poached KAKI, KAKI Roll Ups, KAKI Fruit Salad, KAKI Pecan Scones, KAKI Pudding

 There were enough KAKI for all the birds and whatever in the fields to share and more for me to share with my families.  I also found out that persimmons - KAKI is my side kick natural medicine I needed to help me with digestive system.  Since after the gallbladder removal surgery, I don't think I had a quiet day. I could not sleep well, eat well, and challenging to plan the day.  After finding out some food sources that could help me to regulate my digestive system - honestly - to "firm up" to be regular, I found KAKI to be one of the fruits to help me.  Other foods are - rice with wild grains, beans, potatoes.  KAKI is now part of my ingredients for my meals.

Select smaller KAKI, wash and peel.

Add Sweet red wine Marsala and Pomegranate syrup.
Add the whole bottle of Marsala and enough pomegranate syrup to sweeten.

Add a stick of Cinnamon - you know how to tell the real cinnamon from the wanna be, right?

Poach in low heat for 4 hours if you want the red color of the wine to infused into KAKI.

Turn them over a couple of times during the 4 hours.
I served it with  my homemade Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream.  The taste together with the Poached KAKI was a discovery to enjoy at least once to twice a year.

To make my KAKI fruit Roll Ups, I added one Granny Smith Apple, a pinch of salt, 1 tsp of Ball brand Fruit Fresh (Ascorbic Acid), 1/4 C Lime juice. A few shakes of Cayenne pepper.  Persimmon in general is bland.  It has a distinct taste of its own, but it not exactly a fruit that would stand out when cooked or mixed with some other fruits.  Acid bring out the flavor a bit more.
Puree them well.
 Spread a think coat of organic avocado oil on the dehydration sheet.  
Then spread a even layer of KAKI puree.
*I made a mistake by spreading them too thick.  It took a long long time to dehydrate when it is too thick.
Make sure the top of the fruit roll is dry before turning off the dehydrator.  Dehydrate longer if it looks mushy or tacky to prevent from fungus growth, etc.  Ply off and Slice with scissors into serving pieces and wrap up with plastic wrap.
KAKI Fruit Salad or with Chayote and Fennel Salad
KAKI slices goes very well in a salad with vinaigrette dressing. 
Banana, Dragonfruits, Pears, KAKI
Chayote, cucumber, fennel, pomegranate, KAKI with vinaigrette dressing
KAKI PECAN SCONES with Poppy Seeds
I think adding a tangy fruits like chopped dried apricots might have worked out good also.  Try to use the crispy KAKI instead of one that is already getting a bit soft.

It looks like KAKI pudding is quite popular in Japan.  I watched it in YouTube and tried it myself, but because I added Fruit Fresh - acid, it did not jell up as much.  The texture turned out more like a Smoothie than pudding like. 
Remove all the seeds
Add equal amount of Half-and-Half.  Blend together

Pour into containers.  Chill 2 hours.  Serve.

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