Friday, January 4, 2008

Pomegranate Chocolate Pots

Several days ago, I wanted to work this recipe for the really fun Royal Foodie Joust that Jenn organizes every month. Such an entertaining event - the whole idea of picking a trio of ingredients for each month. Some of the combinations are insanely imaginative and the results often sound fabulous - nothing like stretching the boundaries, huh? :)

So, I made this dessert over a week ago, but never got around to posting it and sending it to Jenn. But it turned out pretty good, so might as well talk about it, huh?
The ingredients for December were pomegranate, pistachio and mint. They seemed like pretty good candidates for pandering to my sweet tooth.

I poked around an all-time favourite - The Ultimate Desserts Cookbook and stumbled upon this Chocolate Chestnut Pots recipe that I ended up reworking to suit my needs.

I never met a chocolate I didn't like.
Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation

Anyway, I think this whole recipe thing was just my excuse to work with chocolate. *drool* Chocolate makes me happy and excited and hyper and I often skip around town once I eat some. *so* good! And yes, I can be a bit of a chocolate snob - I definitely prefer dark or extra-dark or bittersweet, I check for fair trade logos on the chocolate, I check the cocoa butter content and I double-check the emulsifiers. Can't help it, I like cocoa :)

As I started working this recipe, I flipped out a bit about the butter and eggs that this recipe seemed to want. After all, I wanted to go on this mini detox kick for a while :) So, I ended up skipping the egg yolks and using Earth Balance instead of butter - so much for someone who craves "real" cocoa butter in her chocolate :)

Pomegranate Chocolate pots with Pistachio-Mint Cream
I could drown in a pot of chocolate :)

Servings: 6

10 oz dark chocolate (bar)

4 T Madeira or Muscat

Arils of 1 pomegranate

2 T earth balance (or butter)
2 eggs - whites only

Pomegranate Juice
Grind up the pomegranate arils and strain it to get the juice out (P.S.: Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice tastes awesome!) You will need about 1.25 cups of juice for this recipe.

Egg Whites
Beat the egg whites till they form stiff peaks and set them aside.

Chocolate Pots

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the chocolate on low.
Once it starts to soften, add the madeira by the spoon, stirring constantly.
Continue stirring till the chocolate has melted completely.
Take the chocolate mixture off the heat.
Now add the margarine or butter 1 T at a time till completely melted and blended into the chocolate mixture.
Now add the pomegranate juice, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring it in slowly.
Add the beaten egg whites, a spoonful at a time, folding it in gently.
Now pour the chocolate mixture into ramekins or small cups and let them cool before topping with the cream.

Pistachio Mint Cream

2 T whipping cream or creme fraiche

10-12 pistachios

5-6 mint leaves

Grind up the pistachios and mint in a pestle.

Beat the cream till stiff and whipped.

Fold in the pistachio mixture gently till blended with the whipped cream.

The one mistake I made was here - I continued beating the cream after adding the pistachios and mint. This just made the cream clot up and get hard. Instead, I should've just folded the nuts and mint into the whipped cream and let it stay soft, yet fluffy.

Top the chocolate pots with the cream and set in the refrigerator for atleast 2 hours.

Another NOTE:
Remember to take the chocpots out of the fridge about 20 minutes before eating.

*drool*! The only thing that could've been better was the cream - I'll work on that next time :)

Am shipping this off to Deepa for Jihva for Ingredients (Indira's brainchild) - the current theme is chocolate.


Srivalli said...

the only complaint I have is, mean that you had all that yourself!..:D

Bellini Valli said...

If you had have posted this recipe in the Joust in time I don't think I would have stood a chance!!! It looks amazing!!!PERFECT!!!!!

Sig said...

Wow, what a flavor combo... next time, invite me over, okay?

Shivapriya said...

Blog are pouring with chocolates:). Nice start for the new year. Beautiful recipe. Happy New Year to you too.

Sagari said...


aparna said...

Thanks for dropping by and your comment.
Have to say I never thought chocolate and pomegranate could be a combination. Looks delicious.

Susan said...

Impressive! Such gorgeous flavors, it's hard to wrap my mind around them. Suffice to say, I want to taste!

Kalyan said...

I simply can't resist chocolates...I will definitely give the recipes a try...looks yummy!

mb said...

wow, this looks fantastic, delicious :)

Luloah said...

I've never tried combining chocolate with pomegranate. I've got to give it a try!

Pravs said...

very unique flavor combo for me. looks delish.

Nags said...

that looks so yummy. the first pic is fab!

Cynthia said...

Listen to the chocolate-lust in your voice :) it oozes in this post (lol)

KayKat said...

Thanks for all the comments, kind of reinforced my chocolate love :)

Karen said...

I love your inspired use of ingredients.
And I agree with you about the fresh-squeezed pomegranates. Messy, but so very good.

Deborah said...

I am a chocolate lover, and this sounds amazing!