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Thursday, November 19,2009

Pomegranate Liqueur Pumpkin Parfaits

By Danette Randall

Happy Pomegranate Month! Yes, my friends. November is National Pomegranate Month. As I sit here enjoying the beauty of the Flatirons, the snow shimmering in the sun, sipping my PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, all is right in the world. OK, so it is afternoon, and I’m hitting the sauce. But I must do my research and know what I’m writing about, right? Excuses, excuses.

Actually, I just love the stuff. The treat of the week is PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur Pumpkin Parfaits. Yes, more pumpkin, and, yes, that’s a lot of Ps. It is topped with toasted pecans, but I figured I would spare you that last P. In case you haven’t guessed, I do a month full of pumpkin desserts. I get requests for pumpkin treats other than Pumpkin Pie, so I try to come up with simple, manageable desserts. This week the pomegranate worked in perfectly.

I’m not actually using a pomegranate, mind you, but instead using the liqueur that is made with pure pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a hint of tequila. The amount used in the dessert is just enough to give the delicious pomegranate taste but won’t have Grandma snockered before the Broncos play. I know turkey tends to take center stage. I guess that’s why Thanksgiving is so often referred to as Turkey Day. But this dessert served up in some fancy glasses — or not so fancy, if that’s the way you roll — will be remembered long after the turkey coma wears off.

If you don’t want to use PAMA liqueur, just substitute pomegranate juice instead, or maybe make an adult and kiddie version. They both will be packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K and folic acid. One ingredient just happens to also make you warm and fuzzy inside. So celebrate National Pomegranate Month by breaking open some PAMA, whipping up my dessert and enjoying the view of the Flatirons. And if it just happens to be in the afternoon, then so be it. You can’t enjoy the Flatirons at night, can you? Now, follow the directions, put some love into it, and invite me over when it´s done.

Before you start: Make sure your whipping cream and bowl are well chilled before beating. Be creative in your glassware choices. I like to use wine and martini glasses. Serve the PAMA chilled alongside the dessert.

PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur Pumpkin Parfaits

1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup puréed pumpkin
1 /4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 cup PAMA pomegranate liqueur
(I like a little more, but this amount is a
great start)
8-10 shortbread cookies
1/4 cup toasted pecans (place on baking
sheet 5 to 7 minutes at 350 degrees)
In small bowl, mix pumpkin, 1/4 cup
powdered sugar, allspice, cinnamon and
ginger. Set aside.

In large chilled metal bowl, beat whipping cream and 1/2 cup powdered sugar until just starting to form soft peaks, but still liquid.

Pour half of the whipping cream/sugar mixture out and place in medium bowl. Set aside.

Continue beating the remaining cream in the metal bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold in pumpkin mix gently until well combined. Set in refrigerator.

Add the PAMA to the other bowl of whipping cream, and beat until soft peaks form. (Use a drop or two of red food coloring if desired.)

When ready to assemble, take out your favorite wine, parfait, martini or water glass.

Start with a large dollop of the pumpkin cream, crumble a shortbread cookie over that, dollop the PAMA cream over the cookie. Top with the toasted pecans and garnish with cinnamon. Pour yourself a nice little glass of PAMA and enjoy!

Note: Depending on what size of glass you use, you can do a single-layer parfait, as stated above, or if you have a water glass or milkshake glass, you can do two layers. This recipe will make six to eight small to medium parfaits. I used a couple drops of red food coloring in the PAMA whipped cream for a nice ruby color resembling a pomegranate.

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