Are you looking for a traditional, simple, wintery desert but with a bit of a twist? Then try this eye and mouth watering honey baked spiced fruit desert!

When I had a browse at Kingston market I was actually looking for pears to make a warming honey baked spiced fruit desert. But when I saw how amazing the orange persimmons, also called Sharon fruit, looked, I just had to buy them. I did not even know how to eat them or what to do with them, but once at home, the children were curious too and to my surprise – persimmons are lovely just eaten like an apple! Try them, they’re in season right now, from October through to February. But as I had actually planned to make a honey baked spiced fruit desert, and I wanted to stick to my plan, I wondered if persimmons would do the trick? And they do! So I baked them just like I would bake pears or apples with honey and spices and the result was fantastic! This is a really healthy, delicous, super easy family desert!

When baked with honey and spices, persimmons make a real change to baked pears and we all loved this warming and wintery pudding. Try serving with a bit of ice cream or sprinkle over some nuts and raisins. Enjoy!

Honey – baked Persimmons recipe

Serves 4:

4 persimmons
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
sprinkle over a few cloves
3 tbsp hot water

Preheat oven to 180 degree C.

Slice persimmons in half horizontally. Place cut side up in baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine honey and spices. Add hot water, mix well and pour over fruit.

Cover dish with foil and bake until persimmons are soft, about 45 minutes.

Option: Once the persimmons are done you could put them under the grill for a few minutes to brown off the tops. Sprinkle with chopped bits of nuts and raisins.

Dani Binnington

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