This recipe is from Grandma Burkhart's collection or recipes. In the collection, there were several persimmon pudding recipes but this one was marked as the "best". The only notable change to the recipe she had made was to increase the amount of butter. I used her revised version that contains more butter. Butter makes everything better, right?
As I mixed this recipe, I used an old family crockery bowl and grandma's metal 1 cup measuring cup. I used grandma's kitchen timer to track my baking time.
Today's foray in the kitchen was nostalgic. I had a humorous moment during the preparation. While I was sifting the dry ingredients, my battery powered sifter stopped. I giggled thinking that my grandmother, born in 1900, would have never imagined that there would be such a thing as a battery powered flour sifter! And you know what, her old hand crank model always worked and didn't require batteries.
Hopefully, you live where you can find persimmons to collect and make your own pulp, or can purchase the pulp at a local market. I scored pulp on my last trip back to Indiana and was pretty excited because I've been craving Persimmon Pudding since last fall and there doesn't seem to be persimmons here in Kansas, or at least not that I've seen or heard about!
This recipe is quick and easy to mix up and delicious. For me it is extra special as it is sweetened not only with sugar, but with memories of my grandmother.