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Vanilla Ice Cream with Persimmon and Walnuts

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)

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Years ago I had a memorable autumn lunch at Chez Panisse Café: ravioli with butternut squash, browned butter, and sage, followed by lemon verbena tisane and this fabulous dessert. Really good ingredients — a high-quality vanilla ice cream, a perfectly ripe and pulpy persimmon, and freshly toasted walnuts — transform the simple into the sublime.


  1. 1 very soft, ripe Hachiya persimmon
  2. Sugar or honey to taste (optional)
  3. ⅓ cup walnuts
  4. ½ pt. high-quality vanilla ice cream


  1. Cut the persimmon in half, then scrape the pulp from the skin with a spoon. Purée the pulp in a small food processor or blender for about 15 seconds, or until smooth. Taste for sweetness and add about a teaspoon of honey or sugar if you like.
  2. Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently, until they are slightly darker and fragrant. Remove to a cutting board and coarsely chop them.
  3. Scoop the ice cream into bowls, spoon the persimmon purée over the ice cream, and top with the chopped walnuts. Serve immediately.