Pomegranate Compote
(Cinnamon French Toast with POM Apple Compote)

Chef Akasha Richmond Akasha Restaurant, Culver City, Calif.


Makes 4 servings

POM Apple Compote

                juice from 23 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates,*
or 1 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise
1/2 cup dried, pitted cherries
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 lbs. Gala apples, peeled and sliced 1/2" thick
1/2 cup real maple syrup

Cinnamon French Toast

4 large eggs
1-1/4 cups low-fat milk or plain soymilk
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
8 slices cinnamon swirl or challah bread, sliced 1-1/2" thick
2 tablespoons unsalted butter


1cup arils from 12 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates
powdered sugar as needed

POM Apple Compote:

1. Prepare fresh pomegranate juice.*

2.  Heat pomegranate juice in a small saucepan over medium heat until it simmers.

3. Turn off heat; add sliced vanilla bean and dried cherries. Let rest for 15 minutes until cherries are plump.

4. Scrape vanilla beans out of the pod and add them back into the compote; discard the remaining pod.

5. Heat a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan and add the sliced
apples. Cook the apples until they begin to soften but still hold their shape, about 5 to 6 minutes.

6. Add the maple syrup to the apples along with the pomegranate juice with the cherries.

7. Simmer until the juice reduces to syrup, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Cinnamon French Toast:

1. Score 12 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranates under water 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.)

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk (or soymilk), vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.

3. Place the bread slices in a flat casserole dish, and cover with the egg mixture. Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes.

4. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a 12" nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

5. Add the slices of the soaked bread to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

6. Top the cinnamon French toast with the warm pomegranate apple compote. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh pomegranate arils.

* For 1 cup of juice, cut 23 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates in half and juice them with a citrus reamer or juicer. Pour the mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve. Set the juice aside.

Nutrients per Serving (2 slices): 546 calories (165 calories from fat), 16g protein,
18g total fat (7g saturated), 82g carbohydrates, 7g dietary fiber, 234mg cholesterol, 43g total sugars,
59mcg vitamin A RE, 354mg sodium, 339mg potassium, 11mg vitamin C.

(Note that 1 teaspoon vanilla extract can be substituted for on vanilla bean)



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