If you’re looking for creative ways to satisfy your fall cravings this year, look no further than your favorite TikTok influencers. Gone are the days of scouring through your grandmother's recipe rolodex for some inspiration; Now a quick browse through the popular social media app will gain you access to thousands of unique ideas and brand-new takes on countless classic recipes. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's the perfect time to start planning out some easy side dishes for your dinner guests to enjoy on the big day.
For fans of persimmon, the edible fruit that is likely growing in your backyard depending on which part of the country you’re in, a new recipe has been going around that turns the tasty fruit into a delectable fall dessert. In a recent post shared to TikTok, Jean Choi, aka WhatGreatGrandmaAte, shares her rendition of a Caramelized Persimmon — which she describes as a “dreamy, melt in your mouth fall dessert.” The best part? All that's needed for this easy to prepare recipe is your persimmon fruit, cooking spray, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, a scoop of your favorite ice cream and an air fryer.
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To make Caramelized Persimmon, Choi instructs viewers to slice the persimmon in half and then score the cut sides with your knife. Place the persimmon halves cut-side up on your air fryer’s wire tray and coat with cooking oil. Sprinkle sugar and pumpkin pie spice over top the cut halves and then toss them in the air fryer at 360°F for 20-30 minutes (depending on the ripeness). When finished cooking, top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream and dust with a little more pumpkin pie spice or switch it up with a dusting of fresh cinnamon and enjoy!
“Make sure it’s the short, fat persimmons,” one viewer warned in the comment section. “The longer pointy ones give you cottonmouth if they aren’t ripe enough.” Another viewer chimed in, stating that they love to “do this with peaches,” while emphasizing just how good it is. And in response to one commenter's question as to whether or not you leave the skin on the persimmon, Choi responded, “Yup. Just scrub it really well — it’s like apple skin.”
For those who might be unfamiliar with the persimmon fruit, it has been described by some as the fruity love child of mangos and roasted sweet peppers, with a hint of cinnamon and dates swimming around in the background. If you happen to live anywhere between southern Connecticut and Florida, as well as westward through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and all the way over to Texas, you might be able to find persimmons growing somewhere near you. Happy hunting and happy holidays!