Green Tea Cupcakes with Pomegranate Foam

Green tea cupcakes topped with pomegranate foam

Green tea cupcakes topped with pomegranate foam

This weekend I was tasked with providing a non-chocolate dessert for an Oscars party. With a pomegranate languishing on my counter, I headed to Foodily, a website and smartphone app that makes it easy to find recipes by ingredient. A featured recipe from Cupcake Bakeshop caught my eye: Green Tea Pomegranate Cupcakes.

Gabrielle enjoys a cupcake

Gabrielle enjoys a cupcake

I love green tea desserts, and keep matcha powder in my pantry the way I do sugar, flour, and other baking staples. Green tea cake, green tea ice cream, green tea cocktails… you name it, I love it. I was slightly weirded out by the idea of putting pomegranate seeds into my batter the way the original recipe did, and was also low on useable pomegranate seeds, so I omitted that step. I also made changes to the recipe: using white whole wheat flour (reducing the amount to avoid changing the texture), adding vanilla, and making a more complex flavor profile for the foam topping. I also added cream of tartar to stabilize the egg whites. The result: a perfect pairing of fluffy, earthy green tea cake cut with an airy topping with the tangy sweetness of pomegranate and a hint of orange. These little numbers got rave reviews, not only from Gabrielle, but from the rest of the group as well. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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Pomegranate Spinach Salad

I love baby spinach salads, the possibilities are endless and the leaves maintain their texture better than your average lettuce. The goal with this recipe was to create a light, healthy side for Thanksgiving. My turkey and stuffing are going to be heavy in truffle butter (shocker, I know), so I wanted to have a tart dish on the table, other than cranberry sauce, to cut through that flavor.

This recipe is incredibly easy and simple. The only trick is getting the seeds out of the pomegranate, for which my mom taught me an effective technique when I was young. The pomegranate is sweet but a little tart, and this perfect little goat cheese (again, surprise, surprise) compliments the flavors beautifully.

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