I admit to a certain satisfaction in doing most things with my hands. Measuring cake ingredients and finally stirring them together with a silicone spatula before pouring them into pans. Squeezing oranges with a citrus press. Making thin slices of apples and persimmon with my mandoline. Except when I get overeager in my guard-less slicing and manage to get a slice of my thumb as well! Ouch. So I’m typing without my right thumb, but still managed to take pictures and write this up because I care THAT MUCH about VeganMoFo!
Quickly though…It’s apple season, it’s persimmon season. Put them together with some lovely fall spices and top them with an almond-date crumble, and you get a delicious raw apple-persimmon crisp! Thinly, but very carefully, slice your apples and persimmons to allow for the more syrupy penetration to “cook” and soften the fruit. And use fuyu persimmons, which are edible when firm and will slice up nicely. Yum yum yum!
Raw Persimmon-Apple Crisp
makes 2-3 individual servings
juice of 1 large orange (about 1/3-1/2 cup)
2-3 pitted dates
1/4 teaspoon each cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large apple, cored and thinly sliced, crosswise
1-2 fuyu persimmons, thinly sliced crosswise
1/3 cup raw almonds (or pecans or walnuts)
pinch sea salt
3-4 pitted dates
Make a syrup for your sliced fruit by blending the orange juice, dates, spices, and vanilla in a blender or food processor until fairly smooth (mine still had a few small date pieces in it, and it was still tasty). Combine with the apple and persimmon slices, making sure to coat all the pieces. Layer, alternating the apples and persimmons, in two or three ramekins or individual serving dishes.
Next, make the crisp topping. Process the nuts and salt in the food processor until small crumbs form. With the processor running, add the pitted dates one at a time through the feed chute and continue processing until the mixture begins to stick together. Sprinkle over the layered fruit and enjoy! (Also tasty with a vanilla nut cream…mmm)