The Easy Creamy Mascarpone and Pomegranate Dessert is an easy, no-bake, tasteful, and colorful recipe. We prepared this dessert in fancy and stylish single-serving cups for great success!
The Pomegranate, a super food
The fall season has started and the pomegranate are ripe to perfection!
From October to January you can easily find the pomegranates in the stores, with their beautiful color. The pomegranate seeds are a super food: they are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, perfect for your health!
The name Pomegranate comes from latin malum (“apple”) e granatum (“seeded”). Indeed, its shape reminds of a red apple, and only when you cut it you discover the inner side full of red seeds, with their sour and delicious flavor.
It is a low calories fruit, so it is recommended also for people on special diets.
Moreover, the Pomegranate is a rich source of polyphenols that are powerful antioxidants. In fact, the pomegranate juice with its antioxidants can help remove free radicals, protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation.
Moreover, this red-purple fruit is a rich source of vitamins, in particular vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamins from the B group: indeed, the pomegranate is a health booster for the coming winter season in order to prevent seasonal colds and reinforce the organism.
The Pomegranate juice is just amazing! Squeeze it like an orange, and you get a red and flavorful drink, rich in vitamins. Like the oranges, remember to drink the juice when it is freshly made, so its active ingredients do not oxidize when exposed for too long to air and light.
The recipe for the creamy mascarpone and pomegranate dessert
The Easy Creamy Mascarpone and Pomegranate Dessert is an easy, no-bake, tasteful, and colorful recipe. You do not have to bake it: the base is made out of graham crackers, with just a tiny bit of butter; a tasteful cream of cheeses and heavy cream, and, of course, some pomegranate syrup.
Remember that you can make your own mascarpone, and it comes out delicious!
We suggest the single-serving cups, or small glasses or jars if you want to success with a fancy and stylish dessert!
- For the base:
- 70 g (2,50 oz) graham crackers
- 25 g (2 tbsp) melted butter
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or honey or 1 tbsp brown sugar
- For the cream:
- 150 g (1/2 cup) mascarpone cheese
- 100 g (1/3 cup) robiola cheese or cream cheese
- 200 g (3/4 cup) heavy cream
- 35 g (5 tbsp) powdered sugar
- 1 pomegranate
- For the pomegranate syrup:
- 100 ml (3.5 fl oz) pomegranate juice (the juice of a small pomegranate)
- 100 g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp rum (if you like it)
- Finely ground the graham crackers.
- Add the cold melted butter and the sugar (or maple syrup, or honey).
- Mix until you get a homogeneous dough. Use the dough to cover the base of the single-serving cups, press well with the back of a teaspoon.
- Refrigerate the cups.
- Extract the pomegranate juice: you can use a juice extractor, or a citrus juicer, or a vegetable mill. Anyway, remind to filter the juice with a strainer sieve.
- From one fruit you should get 3.5 fl oz of juice. Add the same quantity of sugar and rum, and cook over low heat until you get a syrup. Be careful, do not overheat, otherwise you get a caramel!
- Cool down the syrup in a glass jar.
- Get the seeds from the other pomegranate.
- Whip the heavy cream with the powered sugar until it forms stiff peaks. Add the mascarpone and robiola cheese (or cream cheese). Mix slowly until you get a homogenous cream.
- With a piping bag distribute the cream in 4 single-serving cups and start making layers, alternating cream and pomegranate seeds (the last layer will be cream).
- Seal the cups and refrigerate them for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
- When it's time to serve the dessert, add a few pomegranate seeds and top the cups with the pomegranate syrup.
The Pomegranate culinary use
The Pomegranate is a good asset for a variety of recipes, savory and sweet (like the pumpkin!!!).
You can add the seeds as is to your salad, without any other condiments; or you can add the seeds to a cous cous dish or any other cereal, paired to nuts as well.
The Pomegranate juice can substitute the soy sauce, the lemon juice, or the vinegar as a condiment. The fruit is good with meat dishes, in particular pork or duck, to get a juicy and sour flavor, fostering the digestion.
The Pomegranate perfectly combines with the fish dishes, as shrimps, sea-bass, or snapper. Or just taste them baked with paper in the oven.
Last but not least, the fruit is exquisite combined with desserts.
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