Pomegranate ice cream is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Refreshing on a hot summer day, and a delightful after dinner dessert or any time of the year.
Pomegranate Ice Cream
Ice cream, ice cream, we all scream for ice cream! And you'll definitely be screaming for Pomegranate Ice Cream!! Another one of my favorite things in the summer is ice cream. I really do like it year round, I mean, who doesn't? But something about the hot summer sun makes me crave cold creaminess on my tongue and It. Is. Delightful. This summer we've started a new tradition, Ice Cream Sunday's. Yes, we eat ice-cream every Sunday. I know, it's a brilliant idea, right? Well, I can't take credit for it. My dear friend Cindy Bultema from She Sparkles turned me on to it. I've been wanting to do this with my family for years, and this year, I finally implemented it. If you like inspiration and encouragement, please visit Cindy's blog, you won't be disappointed! Thanks Cindy for another awesome idea!
We have an ice cream maker, therefore we love to experiment with new flavors. I've been wanting to try pomegranate for while now. This pomegranate ice cream has bold flavor. It's tart and sweet, and super creamy.
Here's how to make it:
You'll need an ice cream maker, ice, ice cream salt, pomegranate reduction (recipe follows), cream, and pomegranate arils for garnish (optional) If you want it rich, use all cream, if you want it a little lighter use a combination of cream and half & half, or cream and milk. I used all cream.
Mix your pomegranate reduction and cream together. I used a pitcher for easy pouring into my ice cream maker.
Stir it well.
Now it's time to put it in your ice cream maker and let it work it's magic. That hardly felt like any work at all right? Super simple.
After you've followed your ice cream makers instructions, it should look like this:
Creamy deliciousness! Who wants to lick the spoon... or um, blade thingy? You can serve the pomegranate ice cream right away if you want to, right now it's soft serve consistency. Or package it up and put it in your freezer until it hardens up and is more firm. The colder your ice cream is, the less flavor you can taste, so ideally, if it's in your freezer already, let it sit out for 10-15 minutes for ultimate flavor.
Another great thing about ice cream is it's nutritional value. Dairy has so many good nutrients for your body. Milk does a body good! You can read more at www.milkmeansmore.org. Plus, there are tons of recipes on their site. You won't be disappointed!
So here's the scoop on the pomegranate reduction. (I just realized I said 'scoop', hardy had har!) When you do a reduction, you're obviously reducing what you start with, in this case 100% pure pomegranate juice, but also, it creates an intense flavor. That's why I chose to do a reduction for this recipe, as I mentioned before, it's bold.
For the reduction:
4 cups 100% pomegranate juice (I like the POM brand, no matter what you use, it has to be 100% pomegranate, no blends)
½ cup sugar
¼ cup lime juice from freshly squeezed lime
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring it to a simmer, and let it go uncovered for about an hour until it's reduced to 1 ½ cups. It will be a syrup consistency.
I want to hear from YOU! What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Tell me in the comments! Plus, stay tuned, I'll be doing a giveaway in the next couple weeks and it has something to do with ice cream!!! 🙂
Want to take it up a notch? Infuse the cream with some cardamom pods. Just heat it gently over the stove. Remove the pods, and then cool the cream completely in the fridge before continuing with the recipe. This makes a great fall/winter addition to the pomegranate ice cream.
Pomegranate Ice Cream
- ½ cup pomegranate reduction see the notes for how to make reduction
- 2 cups heavy cream or a combination of cream, half & half and/or milk
- pomegranate arils seeds for garnish
- In a pitcher, add pomegranate reduction and heavy cream, stir to combine.
- Add the mixture to the ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to churn the ice cream.
- After churning, it will be soft serve consistency. Either serve right away, or place in a container and cover and store in your freezer. It will firm up more after chilling for a couple of hours.
- To serve, scoop into dishes and garnish with pomegranate arils.
- In a small sauce pan, combine 4 cups 100% pomegranate juice, ½ cup of sugar, and ¼ cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- Bring it to a simmer, let it continue to simmer until the mixture is reduced to about half. It will thicken to a syrup consistency and coat a spoon. It takes about an hour.
- Cool completely and store in a covered container or jar in the refrigerator.
Disclosure: I’m honored to be partnering with United Dairy Industry of Michigan in order to bring you delicious dairy recipes that your whole family will love! Of course, all opinions are my own.