Share Our Holiday Table: Pom Pie Delight

by jenjenk on December 14, 2010

 

More than 17 million children struggle with receiving regular nutritious meals every day.  This doesn’t happen in some far off land.  It happens right here in the USA.  During the season of lavish parties, gifts, and merriment, many are struggling with receiving the most basic of needs.
How you can help: go to the Share Our Holiday Table’s donation page and PLEASE make a donation.
How I’m helping: When my friend, Gaby, asked if I’d like to participate in a progressive blogger dinner to raise awareness of childhood hunger in the US, I jumped at the chance. I love this community I’m involved in and am always thrilled when I have the opportunity to join others in such a wonderful event.
My contribution is dessert, my favorite part of any meal.  I’m not a big fan of overly sweet desserts so it took me a while to Frankenstein this dessert from various other recipes I had in my file and tweak it a bit.  The shortbread crust is just buttery enough to pull it together beautifully; the tangy cream cheese is lightened up with whipped cream; and it’s topped with a wonderfully tangy sweet Pomegranate Mousse that just tastes like silk in your mouth.

Crust:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cold butter, cubed [2 sticks]
3/4 cup pistachio nuts [optional]

Place flour & sugar into a food processor and pulse twice. Add chilled butter and pulse several times until the texture is grainy.  If you don’t have a food processor, use a pastry blender or 2 forks to get to the grainy texture. Add nuts at this point. Press all the ingredients into a 9×13 pan or less than 1/2 the ingredients into a 8″ tart pan. Bake at 350 for 15 – 20 minutes.  Let cool.


Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8oz package of Cream Cheese, room temperature
16 oz of heavy whipping cream, whipped with 3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 – 1/2 cup of sugar, suit to taste
1 tsp vanilla

Blend Cream Cheese with sugar until well combined.  Add vanilla, fold in whipped cream.  Pour on cooled crust and refrigerate until set.

Pomegranate Mousse topping:
8 oz PomWonderful 100% pomegranate juice
1/3 cup sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Zest from 1 lemon
1/2 package of gelatin
8 oz heavy whipping cream, whipped with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine PomWonderful Pom Juice, sugar, juice, and zest in a medium sized saucepan. Reduce until half or until it reaches a syrup consistency [should coat the back of a spoon].  Let Cool. Once the Pom syrup has cooled, fold into whipped cream.  Pour over cream cheese filling and refrigerate until set.

Decorate with Pistachio nuts & pomegranate arils, if available.

For more recipe ideas, please visit the talented and lovely blogs of my foodie friends.

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Carol Peterman/TableFare December 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

What a gorgeous dessert! The slice is so perfectly cut to show the bands of color.

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Jeanette December 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Love the idea of using pomegranate juice in dessert with its naturally gorgeous color and sweetness. So happy to be participating in this event with you.

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Paula - bell'alimento December 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I'd like the whole pie please ; )

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Bren December 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm

this is pure drool right here, girlfriend!!! :)
love it.

hugs.

B-

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Daydreamer Desserts December 15, 2010 at 5:45 am

That's why I love you so much… we are kindred dessert loving spirits. XOXO Don't forget to bring one of these the next time we hang out! ;)

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Jen December 15, 2010 at 7:43 am

Carol – thank you! i was struggling with this one for some reason! bad week! ;)

Jeanette – truly a pleasure to participating with you! i'm going to have to try the poached pears! :)

Paula – funny thing! i just thought to myself, 'DARN! i should've added nutella!!" :)

Bren – it's no flan but i like it!! miss you, girl!

Josie – we'll do an even trade – the pie for MACS!! :)

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Heather Christo December 23, 2010 at 5:12 am

I am going to make that Pom mouse- beautiful!

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