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Fashion Meets Comfort in Albion’s High-Performance Fitness Wear {$150 Gift Card Giveaway}

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

$150 Albion Gift Card Giveaway on An Edible Mosaic

I have a confession. In my world, comfort trumps fashion at least 85% of the time and if left to my own devices, I would live in my comfy workout clothes 24/7. Phew. So glad to get that off my chest. :)

That’s why I was tickled pink when I recently found out about Albion Fit’s line of beautiful and comfortable high-performance fitness wear. I’d call that the best of both worlds.

I was thrilled at the opportunity to try a few of their beautiful pieces for myself, and to host a giveaway for a $150 Albion Fit Gift Card! With Christmas right around the corner, this would make the perfect gift…or gift-to-self if you’re all done shopping for everyone on your list. (more…)

Pistachio + Rosemary White Pizza {And a Gourmet Oil + Vinegar Giveaway}

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

DSC_8534(small)Never in a million years would I have thought that I would get excited about vinegar. Vinegar, of all things. Either my life has gotten that dull (lol!) or this vinegar is really that exciting. An eternal optimist, I’m going with scenario two. :)

A couple months ago I received a few oil and vinegar samples from Vom Fass. Right away the name intrigued me; it means “from the cask” and it conjures up an old-world, artisanal feel, doesn’t it? I don’t know what I was expecting when I tried the samples, but whatever it was, everything I tried exceeded all my expectations. Scratch that; everything blew my mind. (more…)

Dark Chocolate POM Brownies with White Chocolate POM Buttercream

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

I recently received a case of POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice from the fantastic people at POM (thank you!).  I’ve been thinking about what to make with it and for some reason I just couldn’t get dark chocolate out of my mind.  (Maybe I was thinking that all the antioxidants in the dark chocolate would be enhanced by all the antioxidants in the pomegranate juice…yes, I’m sure that’s why I had dark chocolate on my mind.  ;) )  I debated what to make, but in the end I decided brownies would be delicious.  To contrast the dark chocolate in the brownies, I thought a white chocolate buttercream would be perfect.  As a play on pomegranate arils, I thought it would be fun to use some red food dye to color some raw sugar (I used raw sugar because of the large crystals), and use that to decorate the brownie tops.

img_2174-smallIn this recipe I turned the pomegranate juice into grenadine by cooking it down with honey, which turned out well because the honey helped to keep the brownies moist and chewy.  You can also mix the grenadine with sparkling water for pomegranate soda (just like Brandy did here).  I’m also thinking about using the grenadine to make pomegranate BBQ sauce, pomegranate vinaigrette, and pomegranate truffles.  (Oh yes, there’s a lot you can do with POM!)

 

POM contains 100% pomegranate juice, which means that it’s all-natural and doesn’t contain any added sugar, preservatives, colors, or other juices.  POM is a fantastic source of antioxidants, and hundreds of studies show that it has even more antioxidants than red wine, grape juice, blueberry juice, cranberry juice, green tea, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. 

 

So how does POM taste on its own?  It’s got a pleasant, sweet-tart flavor…the best thing I can compare it with is cranberry juice.  If you enjoy the flavor of cranberry juice you’ll probably really enjoy POM.  Or you can add a splash of POM to sparkling water or 7 UP for a refreshing, festive drink!

img_2135-small2Dark Chocolate POM Brownies with White Chocolate POM Buttercream

 

(Yield:  12 servings)

 

Brownies:

4 oz good quality dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped

5 TB unsalted butter

1 c brown sugar, lightly packed

2 TB POM-honey grenadine syrup (see below)

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 eggs

3/4 c flour

1/4 c cocoa powder

1/3 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

Cooking spray

 

Buttercream:

8 TB (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature

2 oz white chocolate, melted

2 TB POM-honey syrup (see below)

16 oz powdered sugar

1 TB milk (or more to reach your desired consistency)

 

POM-Honey Grenadine Syrup:

6 TB POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice

3 TB honey

 

Raw sugar mixed with a few drops of red food color (optional; to decorate the tops)

 

A muffin tray

12 muffin liners

 

For the POM-honey syrup:  Combine both ingredients in a small saucepan.  Cook on low to medium-low heat for about 25 to 30 minutes, until it’s reduced by about half and forms a thick syrup-like consistency.  (It will thicken more as it cools.)

 

For the brownies:  Preheat the oven to 325F.  In the microwave or a double boiler, melt together the chocolate and butter.  Transfer this mixture to a bowl and mix in the sugar, POM-honey grenadine syrup, and vanilla.  Then beat in the eggs.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.  Gently incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.  Line a muffin tray with muffin liners and lightly spray each liner with cooking spray.  Fill each muffin well about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full.  Bake for approximately 24 to 28 minutes (rotating the pan once), or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs.  Once the brownies cool, they will likely sink down and form a well in the center…this is what you want to happen, since it makes the perfect vessel for holding the buttercream.

 

For the buttercream:  Melt the white chocolate in a microwave or double boiler.  Beat together the butter, melted chocolate, and POM-honey grenadine syrup.  Slowly beat in the powdered sugar; while still beating add milk (a little at a time) until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. 

 

Frost the brownies with  the buttercream and decorate the tops with the red sugar (if using).

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Hello! I’m Faith and I write An Edible Mosaic. This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Welcome to my mosaic of recipes.

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