Saturday, November 14, 2009

Persimmon Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Frosting

Persimmon Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Frosting
(inspired by a trip to the new H Mart in Burlington)

Persimmon Puree
peel and finely dice 1 persimmon. In a saucepan add 1/3c sugar and 1tbsp water and cook persimmon for 10 min until soft. Force through sieve. It should create a jelly like substance

1 c flour
2/3 c sugar
2/3c unsalted butter (softened at room temp)
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
¾ cup persimmon puree from above
1 finely diced persimmon (skin on – the skin lets the fruit hold its shape and adds colour and texture)

Preheat oven to 350. Place flour, sugar and baking powder in mixing bowl. Beat on low speed for a few seconds to mix (I used an electric hand beater). Add butter and half the egg and beat on low speed until well combined. Increase speed to high and beat for about 30 seconds (I wanted the texture to be a little dense, so I didn’t beat it for too long). Add the rest of the egg and beat until incorporated (about 10-20 seconds). Gently fold in the puree, then the chopped persimmon. Don’t worry if the puree is not mixed in completely.

Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for about 12 minutes or until golden.

Cool, then ice

Makes 12 small cupcakes.

Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon milk (plus more if needed)

1. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, honey, ground cinnamon, and milk until completely smooth. Taste and adjust amount of cinnamon and honey if needed, and add in more milk a teaspoon or two at a time if needed to thin it. If you plan to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, I highly recommend doubling the recipe.

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