Persimmon Cheesecake

Life always tastes better with an enticing cheesecake during the holiday season. No feast can be complete without a dessert... Who cannot make room for his delicious cheesecake after a good meal? After all cheesecakes don't go to stomach but straight to the heart­čśâSmooth, sweet and creamy cheesecake made with warm holiday spices, fresh persimmons and the orange zest is sure to knock your sock off. 

Have you tried persimmons in any of your dessert? Persimmon is mild "honey-like" to taste, similar to apricot but the skin is tougher than apple. I like to enjoy the fruit with the skin on but peeled it for this recipe in order to puree and decorate this cheesecake. 


Take advantage of this seasonal fruit October through February which is also ideal for the festive season. The addition of orange zest gives a refreshing zingy flavor and tantalizing fragrance we all love.



I preferred a no bake cheesecake for a very long time, with a lot of trial and error downstream I learnt to bake a perfect cheesecake. Grabbed my baking pan to try this Persimmon Cheesecake (baked version) for our Thanksgiving spread. I made two versions with and without the almond crust.


Baking a cheesecake can be intimidating for newbie home bakers. Read the notes and tips completely without fail to bake with ease. Make your celebrations special with this persimmon cheesecake to enjoy with your loved ones.



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Category:Dessert, Cheesecake
Cuisine: American
Level:Medium
Serves: 8
INGREDIENTS
Almond Crust:(optional)
1. Almond flour - 2 cups
2. Butter (melted) or oil - 2 tsp

3. Pure vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp

4. Stevia extract - just a dash or any sweetener


Persimmon pulp:
1. Sugar (fine granulated, unbleached) - 1 cup
2. Persimmons (fresh) -2 nos  
3. Water - 1/4 cup(approximately)
4. Cinnamon and nutmeg powder - 1/2 tsp
5. Orange Zest - 1/2 tsp (optional)

Persimmon Cheesecake:(use cold ingredients)

1. Cream cheese (8 oz)- 1 1/2 packs

2. Heavy cream - 1 tablespoon (to whip the cream cheese)

3. Whole eggs - 4 (large)

4. All purpose flour - 2 tablespoons

5. Pure vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp


Decorations:(optional)

1. Whipped cream - 3/4 cup approximately

2. Persimmon - 1 (peeled and sliced)

3. Edible flowers - daisy, rosemary flowers


Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 368
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23 g35 %
Saturated Fat 11 g55 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 143 mg48 %
Sodium 201 mg8 %
Potassium 128 mg4 %
Total Carbohydrate 36 g12 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g9 %
Sugars 30 g
Protein 8 g16 %
Vitamin A34 %
Vitamin C5 %
Calcium6 %
Iron7 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

DIRECTIONS
 Preheat oven to 325 F to bake the crust. You can gladly skip the crust making as well.
 Pan Prep:

Grease you 9 inch springform pan lightly with oil and line it with parchment paper. This greasing step holds the liner in place. If your using a regular pan I would suggest you line your pan with heavy duty foil to lift off easy once done.



Almond Crust:


Mix almond flour, butter/oil, stevia extract and vanilla extract. The right consistency is to check if you can make a ball out of it. 


Now layer the almond crust mix and press firmly down to set aside using any flat bottomed cup (like measuring cup) or drinking glass ensuring an even flat crust.



Place the pan in middle rack in preheated oven and bake for 10 mins. 


Persimmon pulp



Cook the peeled and roughly chopped persimmons with water and sugar until soft.


Now add the spices and give it a good stir and remove from heat and cool. 


Blend into smooth paste and set aside.



Persimmon Cheesecake:

Remember to use your ingredients cold. Cream cheese can be tricky to whip it up when cold, so I would keep it in room temperature and whip with 1 tbsp of heavy cream. Whip it ahead of time and back it goes to the refrigerator to stay cool until ready to use.

 


Using a paddle attachment whip up the cream cheese, the persimmon pulp and all purpose flour. Once creamy enough without any lumps, change the paddle attachment with the whisk attachment. 


Add the eggs one at a time in low speed making sure it's well incorporated before you add the next. Pour in the vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Do not beat longer than required. A lump free smooth and creamy mixture is all it requires. Pour the mixture over the cooled pre-baked crust.



Bake your cheesecake in high temperature about 400 F for 10 mins and immediately switch lower the temperature to 250 F and bake for an additional 75-85 mins approximately to prevent from overbaking. This method works like a gem. If your comfortable with water bath method feel free to go for it. I personally felt it took longer.


Remove the cheesecake as per required time the recipe calls for. Just keep an eye on your cheesecake to look for any cracks or burns as each oven works differently depending on your oven settings. The perfect cheesecake should have firm sides but still jiggle in the center as it tends to set as it cools down.




Decorations:(optional)

Fresh whipped cream piped with star nozzle to place the persimmon slices like flowers. Add some edible garden grown flowers and leaves for punch of colors.



NOTES AND TIPS   

In order to achieve a perfect cheesecake I follow these basic tips I learnt through trial and error: 
1. Always keep your ingredients and tools cold including your whisk, paddle (attachments) and the mixing bowl. 
2. Grease your baking pan well on the bottom and sides to prevent from sticking to the pan. Lining your pan with parchment works well. I sometimes like to use a heavy duty foil to lift off the pan when I don't use a springform pan. 
3. Don't skip the step to pre-bake your crust for 10 mins in 325 F to retain a crispy crust. Even if you chose to go with no bake cheesecake, make sure you bake the crust to enhance the crust texture.
4. Place your baking pan in the middle rack, if using a conventional oven don't panic. Place a sheet of aluminium foil gently and carefully on top of your pan to protect the top layer if you see slight burns or cracks in the midst of baking. Remember not to completely seal the pan with foil.
6. Resist the urge to open your oven often or too soon to check for the consistency. The center will tend to sink and the baking time lengthen.  Overbaked cheesecake is dry and crumbly.
7. Water bath method is used mainly for even baking. You can prevent it by using a bake-even silicon strip or even foil works well. The moisture in the pan keep the cheesecake moist as well, but the setting time is longer. There is a risk of water seeping into the pan as well when using springform pan. If that's the case lining the pan with a foil seems to work well. 
8. Refrigerate your cheesecake once it comes to room temp to set well before you remove the cheesecake from your baking pan. 
9. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer for a smooth texture than a hand whisk. Avoid food processor or blender which prevents it from setting.
10. Cheesecake mixture must be blended well but don't over do it else it will not set.
11. If your cheesecake doesn't set well, add couple of eggs and some all purpose flour to bake again in low setting. It's just a quick fix than to waste the mixture.



Comments

  1. Looks amazing! Beautiful color. Perfect for the holiday season. Can you substitute another fruit for persimmon?

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    1. Thanks a lot Priya! Sure any stone fruit works well. Apricots, peaches and nectarines works well. You can also go with berries, but be sure to run it through a sieve to get rid of the tiny seeds. Enjoy baking!

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