Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chocolate Pomegranate Ice Cream

Chocolate Pomegranate Ice Cream recipe from cherryteacakes.com
The rain in DC lately has been slowing eating away at my reserves of happiness I store up on the days when it's above 60 and sunny. I very much believe that I somehow am a person who runs on solar power. Going for long periods of time in cloudy, rainy, snowy weather depletes my energy, my reactions, and my ability to move out of the way of puddle splashing cars. 

I confess: I love splashing through puddles. It was a rare treat if you grew up in the desert. DC however gets plenty of rain and puddles, and perhaps for this very reason is considered the fifth rudest city in America. Drivers down town couldn't care less about splashing the little people who walk to work, or even running down a pedestrian or cyclist. Sad but true. I received a head to toe shower on the corner of 18th and P St. NW from a shining example of our rude city status. Could the Jag have moved over one foot and avoided the puddle? Absolutely. Did he? Not so much. To make it that much more comical, being soaked with dirty street water distracted me so much, that when I went to cross the street I stepped on a road killed critter. I'm still debating which is worse.

There really isn't a recovery from starting your day off so poorly. Thankfully, that was not this morning. That day is behind me now, though not enough for comfort. Like many people, I turn to ice cream for comfort. The ice cream didn't fully take the sting off, but when you combine it with bad (and by bad I mean AMAZING) 80s movies, a snuggie, and a steaming hot shower it really makes you forget you stepped on a dead rat, and got sprayed with dirty rat street water. I ♥ DC. 

And on that lovely note: Enjoy! And may your commuting go better than mine! 

Chocolate Pomegranate Ice Cream

2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 2/3 cups heavy cream
¼ cup pomegranate molasses (sold in whole foods, asian and arab markets)

In a stand mixer, stir together sugar and cocoa. Add egg yolks and molasses and blend on low. With the mixer remaining on low, add cream a little at a time. Once all cream is incorporated, continue to mix until soft peaks are formed. Chill mixture in refrigerator for roughly half an hour.

Freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Pour ice cream into a suitable freezing container and allow to freeze until set hard.

34 comments:

  1. Love rain puddles too...and this ice cream sure would bring a smile any day!

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  2. I'm one of those people who owns the Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment and never uses it. As much as I love homemade ice cream I just don't have the patience to wait for it to be done.

    I've been swearing this summer will be different. I need to add this to the ice creams to try, because I think if I had more "fun" flavors I would use it more than 2 times a year.

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  3. oh if only I had an ice cream maker!! This looks awesome. And I have a bottle of POM pomegranate concentrate in my fridge.

    PS Love splashing water in puddles when wearing my rain boots.

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  4. I wonder if that's an AZ thing? Cause I get super depressed every winter here! As soon as the sun comes out I spend all of my time out in it! I love the sun!

    And this ice cream sounds and looks amazing! Mmmm... Maybe I'll have to break out my ice cream maker, finally!

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  5. Sounds wonderful! I have a Cusinart soft serve ice cream maker, I'd love to try this as soft serve.

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  6. We used to go puddle hopping in college when the weather was good :) And I will use any excuse to wear my polka dot rain boots.. oh how I miss DC! This ice cream also looks fabulous by the way..

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  7. I live in NoVa, and the hubby rides his bike to DC sometimes and has been hit and almost been hit more times than I can remember. You're right about the rudeness! Your ice cream sounds divine though, and would make any nasty commute a bit better.

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  8. This is one of the reasons I really should buy an ice cream maker!!

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  9. Oh my goodness does that ice cream look soooo good. :) I need to get an ice cream maker so I can make this!

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  10. Yum! I can't wait to try this one.

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  11. Puddles and ice cream - a perfect combination.

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  12. Well dirty rat street water doesn't sound too pleasant. Thank goodness for this ice cream, a snuggie, and 80's movies that more than makes up for it. I just wish I could find pomegranate molasses here.

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  13. I do not like rain...unless I'm indoors and I can watch the rain through a window and feel safe, cozy and dry.
    But your chocolate pomegranate ice cream sounds delicious...I love the shot with that little bit that looks like its just about to drip...hmmm.

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  14. WOW! Interesting combination...
    Must be delicious

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  15. I hate those days when everything seems to go wrong. Had one last week. It was awful.

    I love my ice cream maker. I have one with the frozen bowl that sits on a motored base on the counter. I keep the bowl in the back of the freezer so its ready to go anytime I have a craving. 20 minutes to soft serve or stick it in the freezer for an hour to harden up. I rinse out the bowl as soon as I transfer the ice cream into a different bowl for freezing. Then it goes right back in the freezer for next time.

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  16. I always have to remember to stand back from the curb when walking around NYC, there are some HUGE puddles around here too! Luckily I have my ridiculously pink rain boots.

    Fantastic looking ice cream, I'm always amazed at your ice cream pics. Mine always melt so quickly!

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  17. Oh Jana! Some people's children, huh?! It's a good thing for ice cream...it sure does make everything better. What a lovely combo you have going here!

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  18. Oh, man. Dirty rat street water! That sounds like an adventure.

    Lovely sounding recipe - I think I'd like it as a shake with pom seeds on top.

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  19. This looks awesome! Can't wait to try!

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  20. Must be delicious

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  21. That looks sinfully rich. I can't believe what a rotten day you had! It's a good thing that chocolate has a way of making everything better.

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  22. Looks fab! I've been wanting to make my own ice cream for a while now -- thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. I'm a solar powered person too... we get what is "affectionately" call the May Gray here which frequently turns into the June Gloom... Last year it went all the way thru July finding us losing most of our summer to cold, chilly, gray days. My fingers are crossed for better days! Today my beach walk was warm and sunny, but now I'm concerned about radiation!! Ugh!!

    Maybe we'll just have to make your ice cream to make the world a better place. Your photo (as always) is simply stunning... I love the little drip coming over th side of the dish. Beautiful!!

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  24. Don't you hate it? There's one big puddle like that I have to dodge constantly, and it's a doozy. That lip-smacking ice cream is great consolation however. Yum!

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  25. this ice cream looks incredible - definitely a good way to improve a bad day. i definitely think i'm solar powered - cold, gray and rain deplete my energy. the only good thing about a rainy day is that you can liven it up with some fun rain boots (but even then, i'd prefer it to be a hot rainy day in the summer closely followed by blue skies). hope you have many more sunny days ahead!

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  26. Are you serious? Did you really step on a rat? Poor you! I'm a Washingtonian, born at Georgetown Hospital. Hang in there. Spring is on the way and DC is one of my favorite places to be in springtime. Congratulations for making the Top 9, now that must have really made your day. I'm intrigued by the combo of chocolate and pomegranite. I've never even considered combining these 2 superfoods.

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  27. Yum! ice cream looks delish. BTW, when do you add the pomegranate molasses? With the sugar and cocoa or when you add the cream?

    I live in Portland, OR and it rains here almost all the time, except for a couple of months in the summer. So, completely feel your pain :)

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  28. i hate it when words like "and molasses" fall out of sentence as I retype them!

    and i'll be in Medford next week, not too close, but not so far from you either! i'm just hoping it's above 50. i know better than to hope for sun!

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  29. What a great story! And the combination of flavours in this ice cream sounds divine...if only I could actually find pomegranate molasses...sigh.

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  30. I love pomegranate molasses but would never have thought to put it in ice cream. But I will now. What a great flavor inspiration. Thank you!

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  31. I'm an ice cream maker/lover, make it all the time. Your addition of pom. molasses to chocolate is freaking genius. I've saved your recipe. Drat that darned rat!

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  32. What a great combo, love chocolates and pomegranate so this is a must try ice cream... !

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