Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pomegranate Sorbet

Pomegranate Sorbet

I distinctly remember the first time I ever ate a pomegranate. My dad loved them and happened to pick up a few at the grocery store one day. He gently cut one open and we sat at the table picking the tiny juice filled arils away from the stubborn pulp. It was definitely worth the trouble, the juice was wonderful and so sweet--I loved it. Unfortunately I don’t really eat pomegranates as often as I’d like but I do enjoy the juice.

Jey from Jey of Cooking is hosting a round-up of heart healthy recipes in honor of her mom who received a heart transplant last year. For each entry she is donating $1 to the American Heart Association. Knowing all of pomegranate’s heart health benefits, I thought pomegranate sorbet would be perfect. This is so simple to make I’m almost hesitate to even call it a recipe. It is perfect for the approaching summer heat. I made mine with pomegranate-blueberry juice from POM wonderful instead of straight pomegranate juice but, either way, I promise you will enjoy it. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s good for you too :)


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Pomegranate Juice (I used POM Wonderful Pomegranate-Blueberry Juice)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Pomegranate arils or blueberries for garnish
Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat. Once sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool in the refrigerator. Once cooled, stir in pomegranate juice.

Place in ice cream maker and follow ice cream maker’s instructions.

Source: POM Sorbetto

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fudge Pie

Fudge Pie

March is my favorite month. My birthday is in March and the weather always seems to turn so nice once March arrives. This week the temperature has been in the low 80s and it has been wonderful. Flowers are in full bloom and I am finding any excuse possible to be outside.

Picnik collage 2

Other than my birthday and the nice weather there are also a few fun “holidays” in March: Pi Day (on 3/14) and St.Patrick’s Day. Although Pi day might not seem to be that big of a deal, any excuse to make a pie is fine with me. I actually made two pies in honor of Pi Day, a chocolate meringue pie and this fudge pie. I have been wanting to share this fudge pie for awhile and thought Pi day would be the perfect opportunity.

Fudge Pie

This fudge pie is one of my favorite desserts. It is so simple to make and takes little effort. I first learned of this pie from Russell’s family. When we first began dating all I heard about was this wonderful fudge pie but it took several years for me to actually have the opportunity to try it for myself. At the first bite I was sold. Chocolately, fudgey---perfect! Everywhere we have moved I have had to adjust the baking time since ovens can vary. I prefer mine to have more of a fudgey texture so I bake my pie for about 20 minutes. If you prefer more of a brownie texture bake it a little longer. This is seriously a no-fuss pie. I keep frozen pie shells in the freezer specifically for this recipe. Quick, simple, and taste great--you really can’t go wrong with that combination!


Ingredients:
  • 1 frozen unbaked regular sized pie shell or your favorite pie crust
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove frozen pie shell from the freezer.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.

Once butter has melted, stir in sugar, flour, and cocoa powder. Once ingredients have been combined, remove from heat.

Whisk in eggs until fully incorporated. Pour pie filling in the pie shell.

Bake for 19-20 minutes (longer if you would prefer more of a brownie texture than a fudge texture). Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or chilled.

Source: Russell’s Mom