Thursday, August 7, 2008

No-Bake Pomegranate Cheesecake Recipe

This is another recipe from the good folks at POM Wonderful. This is a no-bake cheesecake other than the graham cracker crust, but you could substitute the crust for a layer of ready-made pound cake or some coconut macaroons pressed into the bottom of your pan and you wouldn't have to turn on your oven at all. I would like that even better in hot summer months, wouldn't you?

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POM Cheesecake
* 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
* 1/4 cup melted butter

Cheesecake Mixture:
* 1 cup arils from 1 large Pomegranate
* 1 1/4-oz. package gelatin
* 1/2 cup water
* 3, 8-ounce packages cream cheese
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 cup whipping cream

* Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

* Mix graham cracker crumbs thoroughly with melted butter.

* Gently press crumbs into the bottom and up 1" of the sides of a 9" spring-form pan.

* Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cool completely.

* Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small saucepan. Let set for 5 minutes, then heat until gelatin has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

* Mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Mix in gelatin. Set aside.

* Score 1 fresh pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the
arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)

* Whip the cream until stiff. Gently but completely mix cream cheese and 1/2 cup pomegranate arils into the whipped cream.

* Spoon into prepared, cooled crust. Smooth out the top.

* Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Can be made the day ahead.

* To remove from pan, gently run a sharp knife around the inside of the pan, then open the pan.

* Top with remaining pomegranate arils.

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  1. I'm not sure I've never eaten a pomegranate (she said embarrassed) but it looks really delicious!

  2. I love pomegranates but I've never cooked with them before. This looks great!

  3. It really is delicious, Gina, and I like the sweet grenadine (syrup) too. You mix it with water for a refreshing drink. French children drink it a lot instead of soda.

    Ames, I can really picture this cheesecake on a holiday table. The red is quite dramatic and would enhance the decor.

  4. Bonsoir Joy:

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  5. Hi Joy,

    Thanks for sharing the many recipes with us.

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  6. Merci, Tartasacher! :-)

    Nancy, thank you so much. This is such a kind and sweet comment. You are so nice and I so appreciate your prayers too. Thank you!

  7. This post just jogged my memory re crusts. I have a recipe somewhere of a torte which has an amaretto crust. Crushed with butter added as usual with biscuit crusts.
    Must find it.
    The pomegranate's look great.
    I must, must get round to buying a tree if this drought really does come to an end. I woke to rain last night and it was such a blessing.

  8. ozjane: It's great to experiment with crusts. I hope you find the recipe for the Amaretto one as it sounds good. I wonder if it uses the Italian Lazzaroni Amaretti cookies. They are so tasty and light. :-)

    We had small pomegranate trees when I was a teen and they are such a pleasure to have in the backyard. The blooms are so beautiful and attract the hummingbirds.

  9. Ooooohhhhhh-Yummy! I love cheesecake-any kind! This sounds scrumptious! I love Amaretto Cheesecake too-it is delicious!

  10. *closes eyes* I didn't see this.I didn't see this...too late. I saw this.

    Lol...great recipe.

  11. Ooh, that sounds good. I've been making cheesecake for years, but never thought of pomegranates! My recipe is a bit different though (baking and a strong mixer required).

    Click the link on my name to see it.


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