Lemon Poppy Cakes with Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt

  • Yield 12 servings


Frozen Yogurt:
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup pomegranate arils
3 cups Greek-style yogurt
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar
Lemon Poppy Cakes:
6 large eggs
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups pastry flour
pinch kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
-- zest of 2 lemons
1/4 cup poppy seeds
Pomegranate Reduction (optional):
2 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup sugar


  1. To prepare frozen yogurt:  Mix together in a bowl the yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice and agave nectar until incorporated.  Pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.  Slowly add in the pomegranate juice last.  Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour until chilled.  Spin through an ice cream machine, gently folding in arils for texture before freezing.
  2. To prepare lemon poppy cakes:  Preheat oven to 325F. 
  3. Separate eggs, putting the whites in a large mixing bowl an the yolks in another large mixing bowl.  Beat the egg yolks until light and foamy; slowly add the cold water and almond extract.  Gradually beat in sugar and continue to whip until the batter is extremely thick and light in color.  
  4. Sift the first three dry ingredients into the yolk mixture, folding gently. 
  5. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites gently until foamy.  Add cream of tartar and increase mixer speed, beating until soft peaks form.  
  6. Pour the egg yolk mixture in a thin stream over the entire surface of the batter with a rubber spatula, making sure everything is completely incorporated.
  7. Coat a mini Bundt cake mold with butter and flour.  Using a spoon, fill the mold with cake batter until each cup is just about three-quarters full.  Bake for 15 to 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back at your touch.  Allow the pan to cool slightly, and then remove cakes to a wire rack to cool fully.
  8. To prepare reduction: Reduce 2 cups of pomegranate juice over low heat with 1/2 cup of sugar until it has reduced in volume by half.  Remove from heat and let cool for 1 hour.

Recipe by Chef Margaret Nolan / POM Wonderful.



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