Last Minute

Earlier this week, I finally sent off my holiday cards, protecting them from the blustery rain as I ran from my car to the post office. Slowly but surely, my to do list is getting shorter, and I can relax, bit by bit. As each day passes and we get closer to Christmas, certain holiday songs play in my mind. Today, I woke up and started humming: Greeting cards have all been sent…the Christmas rush is through…but I still have…

Oh wait. I still have some last minute things to do!

Like make Persimmon Clementine Marmalade.

I’ve had a large bowl of clementines (aka mandarin oranges) on my counter for the last few weeks, and each time my eyes caught a glimpse of them, it was a reminder of how much I’ve been wanting to make a marmalade. I figured that with their sweet pulp and thin skins, they were good candidates for a marmalade, requiring less sugar than standard oranges. But I also had my eyes on the sunset hued persimmons in an adjacent bowl. I thought it might be fun to combine the flavors in a jam.

I really liked how it came out – you can clearly recognize the smooth, distinct flavor of persimmon, but the clementine flavor is robust, giving it a very marmalade tone. I immediately tried some on an English muffin, but I can’t wait to use it in more of my baking and cooking.

Plus, it also makes nifty last minute presents.

Persimmon Clementine Marmalade

Makes 10 4-oz jars (or 5 8-oz jars). Recipe may be halved.

  • 8 persimmons, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6-8 clementines, sliced very thinly, then quartered

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the persimmons until it is a smooth pulp. This should yield approximately 2 cups of persimmon pulp.

Combine persimmon pulp and sugar in a non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a low boil over low heat, stirring occasionally. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, until thickened.

Add clementine slices and simmer for about 5-10 minutes more. Adjust sweetness if necessary.

Pour into sterilized jars and can according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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by Liren Baker on December 22, 2010

27 Responses to “Last Minute”

  1. Brian @ A Thought For Food December 22, 2010 @ 3:52 am (#
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    Oddly enough, I have never cooked with persimmons. I really don’t know why because their flavor is just so lovely… This marmalade looks delightfully spreadable, which is just what you want when you wake up and make yourself some pieces of toast.

    Great idea, Liren!

  2. Chef Dennis December 22, 2010 @ 6:05 am (#
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    Your marmalade looks wonderful! I have to admit, I have never used persimmon in cooking, and I think I only ever ate one.
    The marmalade does look inviting, you gotta any toast for me!
    Your images are gorgeous!
    Cheers
    Dennis

  3. Jean December 22, 2010 @ 6:58 am (#
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    Liren, this post is making me want to venture into preserve- or jam-making territory even more. Perhaps in 2011. Hubby would love this (well, I would, too). Orange marmalade was a staple for him when we first met. He still has toast and some kind of fruit spread (almost) everyday before eating his steel cut oats. The only no-no is strawberry preserves but I know this would be very welcome! Beautiful pictures, as usual. :-)

  4. Peredur December 22, 2010 @ 8:12 am (#
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    Whoa! I’ve been looking for interesting persimmon recipes and I think I’ve just found one! There are 2 persimmon trees (that I know of) growing in town that no one ever picks from. Every year the fruit goes bad on the tree (especially this year, because of the wacky weather)! I am bound and determined to go picking next year, hell or high water! I will for sure be making this marmalade! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe!

  5. Lael @educatedpalate December 22, 2010 @ 8:13 am (#
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    Lovely! Unfortunately, i have the clementines but not the persimmons. However, your post has inspired me to venture out.

  6. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 22, 2010 @ 8:20 am (#
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    Wow, the marmalade looks gorgeous, my mama would love this. What a creative idea to combine persimmons and clementines! Once again, your photos are just gorgeous. And I especially love the packaging. :)

  7. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } December 22, 2010 @ 9:31 am (#
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    What a beautiful combination and so perfect for this winter season. I have been a bit obessed with canning this year. Just made pomegranate jelly the other day and will be making grapefruit marmalade today. Your photos are gorgeous! Happy Holidays!!!

  8. Joy December 22, 2010 @ 10:19 am (#
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    That is a great jam. I love persimmons.

  9. Stephanie December 22, 2010 @ 12:10 pm (#
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    What a great marmalade! I would love to receive this as a gift. Also, I have to say I love your pink ribbon, which is a nice change from all the red & green packaging going on for Christmas. There’s something really festive about a big, bright pink ribbon, and you can definitely gift these year round too!

  10. Evan @swEEts December 22, 2010 @ 12:39 pm (#
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    I would gladly accept one of these little jars as a Christmas present :) I still haven’t ever tried a persimmon! I have no idea what they taste like.. I need to change this immediately! Hope you have a happy holiday!

  11. justcooknyc December 22, 2010 @ 1:18 pm (#
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    hmm, never tried making marmalade before. i’m pretty giving when it comes to cookies/brownies/etc., but when it comes to marmalade and jam, i spend more of my time hoping someone will think of me. maybe it’s the jarring thing that makes me hesitant.

  12. Tiny Urban Kitchen December 22, 2010 @ 4:35 pm (#
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    Liren, those are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! What wonderful presents. :) I can totally imagine how good they would taste on an English muffin!

  13. Hyosun Ro December 22, 2010 @ 7:55 pm (#
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    Oh I love persimmons, but never had marmalade made with persimmons. Looks really good. Beautiful pictures too.

  14. skip to malou December 22, 2010 @ 10:57 pm (#
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    can you add “mail a bottle of marmalade to malou” on your list! haha! would love to try them liren.. they look so dainty and im sure they taste so divine!
    merry christmas!!!
    malou

  15. norma December 23, 2010 @ 3:07 am (#
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    One of those little jars for me?

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  16. Tes December 23, 2010 @ 6:53 am (#
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    Wow persimmon marmalade! This looks so delicious. I wish I had some persimmon in my kitchen :)

  17. Monet December 23, 2010 @ 11:11 pm (#
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    What a lovely gift to make and receive. I wish I could have a big spoonful on my bread right now. I love persimmons, and I’m sure that this marmalade would blow me away. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week. Happy Holidays!

  18. She's Cookin' December 25, 2010 @ 3:45 pm (#
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    What an adorable and unique gift to receive from Liren’s kitchen! I recently baked with persimmons for the first time, but I’m not sure if I’m up to canning. You’re an inspiration – Merry Christmas!

  19. Amy Bakes Everything December 25, 2010 @ 5:38 pm (#
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    What a beautiful flavor combo! I have three gorgeous persimmon trees that didn’t produce worth a diddly this year…will be saving this for next year!

  20. Isabelle December 26, 2010 @ 7:33 am (#
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    What a gorgeous colour! The flavour combination sounds pretty amazing, too… just the thing I’d need to perk me up on a grey morning.
    I’ve been trying to find some interesting new things to make with persimmons, because I’m totally addicted to the flavour. I think I might have to make a batch of this before the holidays are done. :)

  21. Boulder Locavore December 26, 2010 @ 12:53 pm (#
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    What a beautiful, happy gift! Something I’d love to receive. Great flavor combination as well. Very innovative!

  22. A Canadian Foodie December 28, 2010 @ 7:41 am (#
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    Liren,
    What a gorgeous gift! The marmalade itself looks lush and flavourful. The wrapping is stunning. Would you please e-mail me the name of the font you used on your labels? I love it, too.
    :)
    Valerie

    • Liren replied: — December 28th, 2010 @ 8:42 am

      Hi Valerie! Well I’m flattered, because the “font” is simply my hurried chicken-scratch handwriting! Ha ha! When I take my time to write nicely, I assure it is much prettier. Maybe I should have a font created for it, LOL and send it to you for your birthday!

  23. kathryn April 12, 2011 @ 9:47 pm (#
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    As I mentioned on Twitter I *love* the look of this marmalade. I’m just wondering what kind of persimmons you used for this recipe. Here in Australia we have two slightly different fruits that are sold as persimmons. Both are orange but one you eat when it’s incredibly soft and mushy, almost collapsing in on itself. And the others you eat hard and crunchy, like an apple. Which kind did you use?

    • Liren replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 8:16 am

      How very interesting! I don’t think I have ever seen the first variety you described. The ones available here, and the one I used, is the firmer kind. Hope that helps!! Let me know how it turns out.

  24. leona au May 29, 2011 @ 6:25 pm (#
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    marmalade/fuyu persimmons and tangerines, sounds wonderful. I often make a orange,lemon and grapefruit marmalade. Will try your receipe, are the tangerine’s sliced peel and all???

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