Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Macaron-Pom Gelée Spritzers

Standing on the precipice of each new year, I always find myself wondering what the coming year will look like. I usually get that roller coaster stomach-flip feeling of anticipation. (Maybe you get it too?) It's exciting to me, especially considering the amazing things that happened in 2013. There were ups and downs of course, but creatively speaking, I've never been more fulfilled. For me, that's a huge deal! It's a big part of my happiness in life. So, believe me when I say that it's been my pleasure to bake for you -and with you- this past year.

I whipped up these pomegranate gelée spritzers in a hurry because I've spent the better part of today thinking it was December 30th. (How did that happen?) Luckily, I'd done some prep work yesterday and already had the macarons baked and filled. I used a combination of pomegranate juice and sparkling white wine for the spritzer gelée, and it really turned out delicious. If you don't have time (or are totally confused about what day it is- ahem.) you can short-cut these parfaits by purchasing macarons from a local bakery.

Well friends, there's not much left to say except - Happy New Year!  
Here's to a super sweet 2014!

Macaron-Pom Gelée Spritzers
[click for printable recipe]
Yield: 6 servings
Inspired by this trifle from Donna Hay
Prep: 20 minutes if you use purchased macarons
Total time: 3 hours with chilling

A quick word about this recipe. The acidic nature of the pomegranate juice and wine requires almost a double amount of powdered gelatin to set properly. I don't recommend decreasing the amount of gelatin or using a vegetarian gelatin substitute in this recipe.

3 packages (.25 oz. each) powdered gelatin
1 1/2 cups/375 ml pomegranate juice
1 1/2 cups/355 ml sparkling white wine (or sparkling grape juice)
1/3 cup/ 67g granulated sugar
2 dozen vanilla macarons
2 cups/500ml heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
Pomegranate arils for garnish
  1. For the pomegranate jelly, place the powdered gelatin and 1/2 cup pomegranate juice in a small bowl; mix well. Let stand until the gelatin is completely absorbed. Place the remaining pomegranate juice and wine in a saucepan over medium-high  heat. Add the granulated sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil  and cook for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat source and add the gelatin mixture. Stir well until dissolved. Pour liquid jelly into stemware glasses until halfway full. Place glasses on a tray and transfer to the refrigerator for 2 hours or until liquid is well jelled.
  2. When jelly is set, arrange the macarons on top of the jelly in the glasses; 1-3 cookies per glass depending on its capacity. Fill each glass with the soft-peak whipped cream. Garnish with pomegranate arils and additional macarons.
Note: If you're keen on making your own macarons, see my tutorial here.


Samantha Minny said...

I imagine your house to be a very magical place, Heather. Kind of like the kitchen at the North Pole when you post recipes like this :)

Ashley said...

Thank you for sharing your treats with me and the rest of your fans. You're something special. Happy New Year Heather/Sprinklebakes! I hope it's special! :)

Belinda Lo said...

SO adorable! The macarons look like little spoons. It has been one whirl wind year for you but I am sure you loved your success.

Happy new year Heather!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So pretty and tempting.

Happy New Year!



Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness said...

These are SO pretty! I am dying over them...and they look so tasty too. I am a new reader, but I am excited to see what 2014 brings! Happy New Year! :)

Maite Sweet Food said...

Wow!!!They look delicious!!Thanks for sharing your fantastic recipes!!I must do this one!!! =)

Mallory Frayn said...

I cannot believe that this is what you came up with when you were in a rush! Beautiful! Happy New Year to you!

Katrina @ WVS said...

These are gorgeous...and so unlike anything I've ever seen! Love it!

Graham @ Glazed & Confused said...

The fact that you did this in a rush — amazing!
Happy New Year!

Joan / My Cookie Clinic said...

What a gorgeous looking dessert! I always enjoy your photos; they are stunning. Happy New Year and continued success.

Mary @ Sifting Focus said...

So beautiful and festive. A Happy and Sweet New Year to you Heather!

Monika said...

I love reading your posts and seeing all the beautiful pictures! You're creating amazing things. I hope one day I will have half of your skills :) Well, even just a quarter would be great ;) Happy 2014!

Macy said...

These are stunning!

We Are Not Martha said...

These are stunning! And so beautifully wintery :)

Happy New Year!


Dominique Paolini said...

These look gorgeous and delicious. Now I just need to find an occasion to make them for. :)

Viaja en mi Cocina said...

They look beautiful! and very creative, sure the taste is amazing. Happy New Year!

Noelle said...

You've done it again. These are magical and gorgeous!

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen said...

How gorgeous!! :-)

blueskydaze said...

These are stunning! Such a perfect dessert :-)

Gypsy Heart said...

I've been without a computer so just now catching up a bit. This dessert is absolutely beautiful! In looking at the directions, it mentions cranberry juice. Is it used also? Have you ever made it with just cranberry juice and no pomegranate? I always have cranberry juice on hand.

Thanks much!

Heather Baird said...

It should be pomegranate juice. That's a typo. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Nicole (Bellenza Party Suite) said...

These look gorgeous, Heather! Beautiful work :)

Poame said...

Look soo gooood!

Gina said...

These are so beautiful. You have such an amazing gift. Thank you for sharing with us.

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