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Persimmon Gelée


The Kitchen has moved to one of the most amazing cities to live in within Europe, Amsterdam!  This liberal minded Dutch city is more than what people initially think when they hear the name.  Amsterdam is about boating down the beautiful canals, the tall slender houses that seem to look down on you that line them, the funky café tucked away in every alley and of course the Dutch and all the international people that fill this city.

There is nothing I love more than riding my Dutch bike along the bricked paved roads with friends as we move from café to café enjoying conversation and take in the atmosphere of the city.  Everything about this city makes me happy!

So for tonight’s dessert I am serving friends this incredibly simple and light Persimmon Gelée.  Any fruit can be used but persimmons have a sugar sweet taste that many autumn fruits do not possess.  Plated with honey and dusted cinnamon, this light and tasty dessert is how I describe Amsterdam: beauty in enjoying the simplistic things in life!

Persimmon Gelée

  • 1 very ripe Persimmon
  • 3/4 c Hot Water
  • 3/4 tsp Agar-Agar

Mix the hot water and agar-agar, set aside to cool to body temperature.  Blend the persimmon until completely smooth and mix with the agar-agar mixture.  Once it sets the sweetness will lesson.  Pour equally into 4 silicone cupcake molds and let sit on the counter or in the fridge for 1-2 hours.  Serve with honey or agave nectar drizzled over the top and dusted cinnamon.

Serves 4

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9 responses

  1. Simply beautiful!

    November 2, 2011 at 14:07

  2. I like how you garnished your dish!

    November 2, 2011 at 18:54

    • Carla

      Thank you April!

      November 2, 2011 at 21:38

  3. only 3 ingredients, ina garten would be so proud!

    November 3, 2011 at 04:18

  4. Hi, Carla! I will be in Amsterdam for the weekend. Can you recommend some healthy foodstores/restaurants that I might check? I am also bringing my camera and hope to “get lost” among the channels making pictures :)) Are there any yellow trees left?

    November 4, 2011 at 09:29

  5. What beautiful photos!

    November 15, 2011 at 06:10

    • Thank you Lisa! I love your blog! Really fantastic idea!!

      November 15, 2011 at 10:39

  6. Sari Valentino

    love your ideas and recipes

    November 15, 2011 at 13:27

  7. Matej

    thanks for this one.Very simple..already waiting in the fridge for the very first taste.

    December 6, 2011 at 16:19

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