Erdbeerkuchen, with super-shiny glaze made with Pomegranate Juice
Just over a month ago, I received some Pom Wonderful® 100% Pomegranate Juice to test. I love the cute hourglass-figure bottles and the deep red colour. The first thing I noticed about the juice itself is that it's very intense, too intense to be drunk straight, and needs to be diluted - which is actually a good thing as I think it would be too expensive otherwise.
When mixed with soda water, (1/4 pomegranate juice to 3/4 soda water), it is a a great summery drink - being neither sweet nor tart, and incredibly refreshing. Over last week's heatwave, I was very glad to have an icy cold supply of Pom Wonderful and soda water close by.
Pom & Soda. As you can see, I'm loving the Colin Cowie-style icicles in my drinks. I got a funky long ice-cube tray from Ikea some weeks ago and there is no turning back.
The juice is unsweetened, which makes it very versatile, and healthier than the sweetened juices on the market. In fact, Pom Wonderful® 100% Pomegranate Juice is full of health-giving antioxidants, more than red wine or green tea, I'm told. This claim is backed up by $31 million of clinical research. (How would you feel if you spent $31 million on research that didn't indicate that your product was the best?)
I'm sure all those antioxidants must cancel out all the negative effects of the alcohol I inevitably add.
My faves so far (not that I'm a total lush)....
Pomgranate Bellini - 1 shot pomegranate juice, topped up with sweet sparkling wine.
Pom & Pimm's - 1 shot Pimm's, 1 shot pomegranate juice, topped up with soda water.
And last, but not least, I've discovered that Pom Wonderful® 100% Pomegranate Juice makes a super-shiny, deep red glaze for pies and cakes, especially my beloved erdbeerkuchen. I haven't yet been able to find Dr. Oetker Tortenguss Rot in Australia, so I'm pleased that I've found a great substitute. (Adapted from Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess).
Pomegranate Pie Glaze
Combine 1 tbs cornflour and 50g caster sugar in a saucepan, then stir in 1 tbs Pom Wonderful® 100% Pomegranate Juice and 125 ml water. Put the pan on the heat and bring to the boil, whisking all the while. Once it turns clear, take it off the heat and let it cool slightly before pouring it over your pie or tart.
Pom Wonderful® 100% Pomegranate Juice is available in the fresh produce section of Woolworths and Safeway for $4.98 (R.R.P.) for a 473 ml bottle.