I really love pomegranates. Most of the time, if something is a hassle to eat, I just don't eat it. Because, well, most foods aren't worth it! Pomegranates are an exception to that rule for me. I LOVE pomegranates. Even when I have to peel them and then pop all the little things out and then pick seeds from my teeth for three and a half weeks plus a day, I love pomegranates.
To be able to get that wonderful flavor, without all the work, is AWESOME! That's why I love POM Wonderful. They are the only company out there that grows, harvets, processes and ships their own pomegranates, and you can tell it in the juice! The POM Wonderful pomegranate juice is just plain pomegranates. Don't believe me? Go get a bottle and check the ingredients list! Pomegranate juice from concentrate, and natural flavors. That's all! It's SOOOO good and tasty and flavorful and really pomegranate. I dig it.
Another thing I love about POM Wonderful is that they have a whole section on their site devoted to recipes that use their juice/pomegranates. Go check it out here. There are some really yummy recipes that I can't wait to try out, like the glazed pork with pomegranate salsa, or the pomegranate ricotta pancakes with pomegranate syrup. YUM!
I decided to try to make something using the juice on my own... I bet you can't guess what I made?
Cupcakes, duh. What else?
The actual cupcakes didn't turn out really pomegranate-y, so I'll skip that part and go straight to the pomegranate cream cheese frosting. YUM! Please keep in mind that my amounts are pretty much an approximation because I tend not to use measuring utensils when making frosting. You can tell so much more by the texture of it, so just add more powdered sugar or more pomegranate juice until you've got the texture where you want it.
8 oz. softened cream chese
1/2 cup softened butter
4 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
Blend the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy. With blender off, add powdered sugar, vanilla and pomegranate juice. Turn the blender on low (watch out for the powdered sugar POOF!) and beat until texture is smooth and light. Enjoy!
I have no idea how much it made because I just started frosting as soon as it was done. But it made enough to frost 24 cupcakes, plus leftovers for probably 12 more.
Anyway, I love POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. Give it a shot, and let me know what you think!
Oh, and I was provided some pomegranate juice by POM Wonderful. But my opinions are all my own and were not influenced at all by that.