Friday, December 19, 2014

Pomegranate Gelato

This delicious gelato came into being thanks to a salmon fillet.

Let me explain.

Last year Mr. O-P, our then resident fish cooker, got it into his head that he wanted to make salmon wrapped in cedar papers and topped with a pomegranate sauce. As he is notoriously difficult to shop for around holiday time, I put the bug in dad's ear that some cedar wraps and bottle of PAMA liqueur might be an appropriate gift. Not one to pass up a sale, when dad found the PAMA at a good price, instead of buying one bottle, he bought two. That is a lot of pomegranate liqueur! Fast forward to yesterday when, yet again, I was looking for a place to move these taller-than-the-shelf, top-heavy bottles so as not to be in my way. In desperation, I decided to give it a google and see if I could find an appealing recipe that was quick and easy. Enter the gelato recipe that I found on I was a bit short of heavy cream and only had an 8-ounce bottle of pomegranate juice (for yet another of the mister's salmon recipes), so made a few adaptations that are reflected below. It was heavenly! I say was because it is now just a memory. Even the mister, a vanilla (I call it dull-nilla) ice cream purist gobbled it down and asked for more. As the liqueur is stirred in after the cooking, it is not for the kids, so don't feel guilty when you don't share. Just be thankful, and enjoy!

Pomegranate Gelato
Adapted from a recipe on

1 1/4 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 8-ounce bottle pomegranate juice
1/2 cup pomegranate liqueur such as PAMA
1 teaspoon fresh Meyer lemon juice

Special equipment: an ice cream maker

In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt, until the cornstarch is fully incorporated and the mixture looks powdery. Do this, and you will not have any lumps.

Slowly pour in milk and cream while continuing to whisk, doing so until well blended. Pour mixture into a 2 1/2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan.

 Bring to a boil over moderate heat, whisking occasionally, then boil, whisking, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining ingredients.

Transfer to a bowl and chill, uncovered, until cold, 1-2 hours.
Freeze in ice cream maker, then transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, at least 2 hours.

Soften gelato slightly in refrigerator, about 20 minutes, before serving.

Cook's notes:
Cream mixture (before churning) can be chilled, covered, up to 1 day ahead.
Gelato keeps 1 week. (This made me laugh.)

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Algodão Tão Doce said...

Olá amiga, hoje quero agradecer a Deus pelo dom da sua vida, e desejar a você e sua família
um feliz e santo Natal, cheio de saúde e alegria!!!
Que seu coração esteja preparado para receber o Menino Deus!!!
Um grande abraço, Marie.

The Tablescaper said...

And to think my cocktail only had pom juice, but pom liqueur would have made it all the better!

- Alma, The Tablescaper