Friday, November 19, 2010

Sassy Sweets: Pomegranate Ice Cream

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Of course, a dinner party at MY house wouldn't be complete without some ice cream.  I made this ice cream in the ice cream maker; but, I showed my mom how to make it without one.  Since she was nice enough to gift me hers, she was really concerned she might not be able to re-make it.  To be honest, making ice cream is pretty easy without an ice cream maker as long as you have some room in your freezer.  Further, I mentioned to my youngest sister, M, that she could even combine some chocolate or vanilla ice cream from the dining hall with the POM juice and refreeze it.  It won't taste the same as homemade, but it will still be good!  I think if you're looking for something quick and refreshing, that is the way to go!

None of my friends were surprised in the least with the fact that I made ice cream.  However, I think everyone was surprised to see I put arils into the ice cream!  It was a fun little treat and I only put them in about 10 minutes before serving, so they weren't hard as rocks!  I decorated plates with pomegranate glaze and additional arils.  This came out along with some delicious Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Amaretto Cookies.  Remember these cookies?  I made the pomegranate ones in much the same way; I substituted arils for cranberries, and added some POM juice as well.  I also put in dark chocolate chunks.  They were chunky and delicious.  I made the dough and couldn't stop eating it (that's how you know it is a SUCCESS!). 
Picture thanks to R, who has a knack for beautiful photos
Pomegranate Ice Cream
Serves:  8
5 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups POM juice
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
1 cup of arils

Beat the whipping cream, POM juice, sugar, and vanilla together until fully combined.  Freeze in a lined 9x13 baking sheet for at least 4 hours.  The ice cream should be hardened; put it into a blender and mix well again.  Then, add in arils and mix by hand.  Transfer back into the freezer for about 5 minutes.  Serve immediately.

I loved that I could make this ahead of time; same with the brownies.  It literally just became about getting the ice cream broken up and adding the arils.  I plated the brownies while the arils froze into the mixture and then added the ice cream; voila!  Dessert served. 

I realize this week I didn't get to my POM dinner--it was a delicious variation of my Stuffed Chicken stuffed with goat cheese, pomegranate juice, roasted red pepper, and arils!  YUM! 

For more POM Wonderful recipes and ideas you can visit their website.  I hope these dishes inspired you to try some of your own! 

Until the next time my oven is on...

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