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How to Make Mama’s Persimmon Pudding: A Family Favorite

It’s persimmon season, and I couldn’t resist sharing my Mama’s Persimmon Pudding Recipe with y’all. If you’ve never had persimmon pudding, you are in for a treat. It is a rich, creamy pudding made with fresh persimmons, eggs, milk, and sugar. The persimmons give the pudding a unique flavor and texture, and it’s a delicious favorite southern dessert.

Welcome to this month’s Supper Club Fall Harvest Menu and recipes. When I realized it was my turn to share a dessert for our Fall Harvest Supper Club, I immediately knew what I wanted to share.

Have you every heard of Persimmon Pudding? Well, it’s a southern thing for sure but it’s so yummy!

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We have an abundance of persimmon trees right on our property so the persimmons are free.

Fall Harvest Supper Club Menu

Today all the supper club ladies are all sharing their best recipes for a delicious Fall Harvest Dinner. From the cocktail to the dessert, we have a full menu for you.

If you are joining me from Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest, doesn’t her Cranberry and Apple Pasta Salad sound yummy?

Here is the full menu and all the links for the recipes are at the end of this post.

  • Best Pumpkin Spice Fall Cocktail
  • Spicy Hot Corn Dip
  • Turkey Apples and Cheddar Panini
  • Best Fall Harvest Salad
  • Cranberry Apple Pasta Salad
  • Mama’s Persimmon Pudding

Where Do Persimmons Grow?

Persimmon trees grow wild in many areas of the United States. They grow best in areas with dry summers and mild winters. However, you can find an abundance of persimmon trees along the eastern coastline, extending west in many parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa and moving south into Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

If you have persimmon trees on your property, you can begin to gather them as soon as they start to fall from the trees.

If you don’t have trees, check at Farmer’s markets for them.

Are Persimmons Good For You?

Persimmons are rich in vitamins A and C and high in antioxidants and nutrients. They are low in calories and high in fiber, making them an excellent choice for a healthy diet.

Mama’s Persimmon Pudding Recipe

My mama made the best persimmon pudding ever. I have to be honest with you, this doesn’t fall into my “it’s so easy even I’ll make it” category.

Therefore, I enlisted the help of my daughter, who takes after her grandmother instead of me.

She loves to cook, and even if it’s time consuming, she will still do it. Go figure!

How To Prepare Persimmon Pulp?

It’s not making the pudding itself that’s so complicated but getting the persimmon ready to be used.

  1. You have to go pick up the persimmon’s from under the trees.
  2. You have pick all the debris off the soft persimmons and remove their caps
  3. Then you have to wash them throughly.
  4. Then you have to remove the seed and smash them.
  5. Finally you want to strain them through cheese cloth until you have a smooth pulp.
  6. Whew!!!

See what I mean!

You may get lucky and find persimmon pulp at farmers’ markets and avoid these steps.

If this doesn’t scare you away, keep reading! LOL

How to Make Persimmon Pudding

Once you have your pulp prepared, this is such a simple recipe.

Here are all the items needed to add to your pulp.

Next, add all the ingredients to a larger mixing bowl and use a hand held mixer and beat until smooth.

Finally, pour into a previously greased pan and bake at 250 degrees for approx. 1 1/2 hours or until set. (Cook time may vary from 1 hour to 2 hours)

Note: The key to Mama’s Persimmon Pudding is to cook it low and slow. If you try to cook it faster, it will have a cake like texture instead of a pudding texture.

Persimmon Pudding at it’s best

The key to a delicious persimmon pudding, like my mama made, is that it’s so moist you can barely pick it up. My daughter nailed it this time—the persimmon pudding looks and tastes just like my mama’s.

I added dollop of whipped cream but it’s delicious all by itself.

Can you believe these cute plates are thrifted? If you didn’t see the full table setting for this months Harvest Supper Club Dinner, you can see it here.

Yield: 10 people

Mama's Persimmon Pudding Recipe

Mama's Persimmon Pudding Recipe

No one makes persimmon pudding like my mama did. Here's her recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 2 cups Persimmon Pulp
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cups self rising floor
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • dash baking soda


  1. Melt Butter
  2. Preheat oven 250°
  3. Add all ingredients to mixing bowl
  4. Mix throughly with hand mixer
  5. Pour mixture into baking pan
  6. Bake for approx. 1 ½ hours or until set
  7. Allow to cool and slice into small square pieces


If you are using fresh persimmons, you will need to wash and strain the persimmons to make the pulp. 

The key to this pudding texture is to cook it slow and low.  

Cook times may vary.  Begin checking on your pudding after 1 hour.  If you cook too fast, you will have a cake like texture instead of a pudding.  You should be able to slice the pudding into squares once the pudding is cool. They will still have a soft, moist texture, almost wet.  

Cost is based on Free Pulp.  

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 149Unsaturated Fat 0g

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Don’t Miss A Recipe

Below are all the links for this month’s recipes. Next up is Stacy at Bricks N Blooms. She is sharing a delicious Pumpkin Spice Fall Cocktail. Wow, it looks yummy, I can’t wait to try it.

Stacy’s Pumpkin Spice Fall Cocktail / Anne & AnnMarie’s Spicy Hot Corn Dip / Jen’s Turkey Apple & Cheddar Panini

Michele’s Fall Harvest Salad / Robyn’s Cranberry Apple Pasta Salad / Rachel’s Mama’s Persimmon Pudding

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Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Thursday 28th of September 2023

Oh Rachel, a persimmon recipe brings back so many memories. When I lived in CA, persimmons were so plentiful. Now in Phoenix, I cannot find them and if I do they are incredibly expensive. However, I USED to make persimmon pudding and I'll compare recipes. Thanks for sharing!


Thursday 28th of September 2023

Mary, I'm so glad you liked this. So many people don't know what persimmon pudding is.


Wednesday 27th of September 2023

This sounds delicious. I have never had persimmon pudding before.


Thursday 28th of September 2023

Renae, It's a favorite.

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Saturday 25th of September 2021

Sounds delicious. I have never had a persimmon. xo Laura

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Sunday 26th of September 2021

Laura, It's definitely a southern tradition. I'm not sure if persimmon trees grow wild everywhere but we have an abundance of them..


Saturday 25th of September 2021

I’ve never had persimmons before and I’m thinking I need some in my life after reading this recipe! It sounds so delicious!

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Sunday 26th of September 2021

Anne, You need to try it. Do you have persimmon trees locally?

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