Spiced persimmon cake with caramel sauce

    1 hour 45 min

    Spanish persimmons are available in Tesco, Morrison’s and Asda stores during their short season from October until December, so make the most of them while you can.


    Cambridgeshire, England, UK
    7 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 120g butter
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 250g plain flour
    • 4 persimmons
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 tea ground cloves
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 50g ground almonds
    • 100g chopped pecans
    • 1 lemon, zested
    • 250g brown sugar
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 140ml double cream
    • 50g butter
    • 3 sliced persimmons
    • dollop creme fraiche

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and grease a 23cm round cake tin.
    2. Beat the 120g butter and caster sugar with an electric hand whisk in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each addition to keep the mixture smooth.
    3. In a separate bowl, blend the persimons with a hand blender and stir into the butter and sugar mixture.
    4. Sift in the remaining flour and the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt into the bowl and fold in with the ground almonds. Stir in the pecans and lemon zest.
    5. Spoon the cake mixture evenly into the cake tin and place in the preheated oven.
    6. Bake for around 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    7. While the cake is in the oven, make the caramel sauce. Add the brown sugar into a pan, stir in the water, then place over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
    8. Turn up the heat and bubble for 4-5 minutes until the liquid has darkened to a caramel colour. Take off the heat and carefully stir in the cream and butter.
    9. When the cake is cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Then turn it out onto a platter and arrange the persimon slices on top.
    10. Serve warm with the caramel sauce drizzled on top and a dollop of crème fraîche.

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