Posted on: Saturday, April 25, 2009

POM-Berry Chip Ice Cream

POM-Berry Chip Ice Cream

Did You Know? Man first began planting pomegranate trees sometime between 4000 and 3000 B.C. Many scholars now suggest that it was the pomegranate, not an apple, depicted in the biblical Garden of Edan.

I was recently contacted by POM Wonderful with the request of sampling some of their 100% pomegranate juice to feature here on Buff Chickpea. Being a huge fan of their products anyways, I was thrilled to get a case free of charge. Being the only brand guaranteed to contain 100% authentic pomegranate juice, POM Wonderful has always been the only bottle I look towards at the grocery store. And besides being packaged in a wonderfully curvy and creative bottle, the health benefits of this tart juice are amazing. Backed by $25 million in medical research, POM Wonderful contains no added sugars, preservatives, colors, or fillers. It has been shown to improve cardiovascular and prostate health, as well as being a fantastic source of antioxidants.



POM-Berry Chip Ice Cream

POM-Berry Chip Ice Cream

But what to do with all these bottles? My ice cream maker has basically sat in my freezer ever since I got it back in December, and I've been really wanting to start experimenting and perfecting my technique. The weather has been pretty miserable up until now, so the timing of their delivery was pretty perfect. The weather is warming, the sun is shining, and cookouts are bound to make a regular appearance on my back deck. To me, there's nothing that says Summer more than an ice cream cone. Soft serve or hard, jimmies or sprinkles, studded with candy or dipped into a crunch coat, the possibilities of add ons are about as lengthy as the flavors themselves. And there's definitely no better way to end a humid day at the beach than waiting in a never-ending line at your favorite parlor. I love ice cream, and I hope you do to.

POM-Berry Chip Ice Cream

POM-Berry Chip Ice Cream

The whole process of churning ice cream is pretty amazing to me. I mean you pour in some custardy-liquid and about 20 minutes later you have a bucket full of creamy, frozen goodness. And the result of my final creation was everything I could have hoped for. Sweet and tart, and studded with mini-chocolate chips, this was the freshest ice cream I've ever tasted. I definitely recommend consuming this the day it's churned, but I added some limoncello to keep it from freezing solid just in case we couldn't. And not to worry, it was still good a few days later, just not as creamy as day one. I was thinking of starting some sort of ice cream feature on Buff Chickpea when the weather warms up a little more permanently. So let me know what you think, and what your favorite flavors are. Enjoy your weekend!


POM-Berry Chip Ice Cream

1 cup whole milk
3/4 cups heavy cream
4 strips fresh lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/2 lb strawberries, trimmed and quartered
8 oz. POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons limoncello liquor
3/4 cup mini-chocolate chips

Combine milk, cream, zest, and salt in a heavy saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and discard zest.

Whisk eggs and yolks with 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl, then add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking. Pour back into saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon.

Immediately pour custard through a fine sieve into a metal bowl, then cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Chill, overed, at least until cold, about 2 hours, and up to 1 day.

While custard is chilling, purée strawberries in a blender with remaining 1/4 cup sugar, pomegranate juice, and limincello until smooth. Force through fine sieve to remove seeds and any pulp. Stir purée into custard.

Freeze in ice-cream maker. Fold in the chocolate chips after churning. Transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden up a bit.

POM-Berry Chip Ice Cream

27 comments:

  1. Well, if I was Eve, it would certainly be a pomegranate and not an apple what would cause my demise!! I love them so much! I just think Nature got it wrong by making their season so short (along with figs, but that's another rant!). This ice-cream looks so glorious. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! And congrats on the free juice, I'd be in heaven!

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  2. Yummy! I recently tried the Haagen Dazs Pomegranate Chip ice cream...and I was hooked!!! Pomegranate and chocolate are the perfect combo :)

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  3. I love love love that you put mini chips in here. The pom and chips really do go well together. I am so trying this when the weather gets hot and all we want to do is eat ice cream.

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  4. This looks so yummy. I want some!

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  5. Perfect way to use the POM, even the kids would love this one!

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  6. Looks great! And I love your photo of the chocolate and berries.

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  7. This looks and sounds great. I am definitely saving this one. I plan on getting an ice-cream maker very soon. I would love to participate in any related event. Also, did you know that they sell a machine that churns the ice-cream after it's been in the freezer so that you can have that first-day consistency every time?

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  8. MMMMMMM...that sounds so lovely!! Pure excellence!
    Yummie,.....!!!!

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  9. Strawberries, chocolate, pomegranate juice and limoncello! This ice cream sounds great!

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  10. I bet chocolate and pomegranates taste like heaven. Yum!

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  11. I absolutely love ice cream and think your feature is great. I got my ice cream maker recently too and love it. I have a thing with sorbets now - I find the "icey" consistency so refreshing.

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  12. What a fantastic way to make use of the juice! The color is just gorgeous, too--and the chips!! Makes me long for summer even MORE.

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  13. Ok, now this is a crazy awesome idea!!! I need to try this!

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  14. I think I'm the only blogger alive who actually declined the offer from POM. Couldn't imagine what I would possibly do with a case of juice! I bought my own bottle though & did a POM sorbet. Good stuff. I think I would have enjoyed it in an ice cream better though. Your flavors look great...esp. w/ the added limoncello!

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  15. WOW, never had pomegranate ice cream...it is time to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. By the way, the pictures are awesome!

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  16. Looks wonderful. Lucky girl on scoring a case of Pom!

    Love ice cream! I have a mega post of ice creams that I've done in the past month or so.
    ~ingrid

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  17. Love the addition of chocolate chips--what a lovely summery dessert!

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  18. I could seriously go for a big bowl of this right now...! Perfect for this hot weather we've been having. Thanks for reminding me that I must toss my ice cream maker into the freezer asap.

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  19. The pomegranate and strawberry combinations sounds great, and with limoncello--perfect!

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  20. That sounds (and looks) heavenly! I don't think there is anything better than a bowl of homemade ice cream fresh from the maker. My dad used to make mint chocolate chip for my brothers and I when we were little -- I can still taste it!

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  21. Hay, This is so good! I just snuck a few bites from your freezer.
    <3 Caitlin

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  22. Wow, beautiful! This looks like the best ice cream.

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  23. Hmmm sound so wonderful. Absolutely delicious.

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  24. That looks delicious! Love pomegranate and chocolate together. With my case from POM I made Pomegranate sorbet and dark chocolate curls.

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  25. MY FAVORITE ICE CREAM IS CHERRY CHIP! I am sorry, but I just got so excited about what you did here. Because I love pomegranate and so I think I would flip over this recipe!

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  26. an ice cream that I would like to try, and this despite the fact that they are on a diet. I can not eat fat or sweets demanding, but for something worthwhile

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