Almost two months ago, I received a case of pomegranate juice from POM Wonderful. I did a review of the juice itself but didn’t get a chance to bake with it. Easter weekend I decided to make Pomegranate and White Chocolate Mousse, found on Fotocuisine’s blog (link now broken). As I said in my review, you either love or hate pomegranate juice, no in-betweens. However, the sweetness of the white chocolate mousse makes the pomegranate layer more…bearable? for non-pomegranate people. For example, my brother thought the juice itself tasted like cough syrup. When I offered him the mousse, he ate it no complaints. I think he doesn’t like the juice itself because there is no added sugar or preservatives.
One problem I had with the recipe is the chilling of the gelatin. Once the pomegranate gelatin mix is heated, you have to let it chill in an ice bath. However, if it chills too long, you will have pomegranate jello. You want to take the gelatin off the ice when it thickens into a syrup. I kept checking it every few minutes, but it didn’t thicken. As soon as I got distracted, it thickened too much. I tried my best to whisk the hell out of it, but my mousse was left with little jello chunks. It didn’t affect the flavor, just wasn’t as smooth as intended.