POM giveaway a few weeks back. I couldn't believe it when the winners were posted; I won four 16 oz. bottles of POM, YEAH me! Now that I've been exposed, I have to agree with the foodies, POM is awesome. In fact, I liked it so well I almost didn't try it in a single recipe. After drinking the third bottle I thought to myself, "demonstrate just a tad bit of restraint will ya please"!! So, I managed to reserve the last bottle for cooking.
Now you all know how I love my bread machine, right? I remembered the instructions saying that one can use any juice as a substitute for water. I went the bread cookbook that came with my beloved Magic Chef bread machine. After all, this was an experiment. Would it not be smart and safer to use a recipe that I have experience with, I asked myself. In thinking about the taste of POM, it seemed to fit well with cinnamon, and raisins for that matter. Of course I had those on hand. With that, I asked Red to taste the juice and think cinnamon. He was half sold, "Yeah that might work Ma", so I went with it.
Cinnamon N Raisin POMegranate Bread
1 1/2 cups Water (used the POM)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Sugar
4 cups Bread flour (used half bread flour, half all purpose)
2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp Active dry yeast (used bread machine yeast)
3/4 cup Raisins
Add ingredients in the order given. Set on basic setting with medium crust setting. My machine has an add ingredients beeper, I added the raisins. If your machine doesn't have that feature, it's is safe to add the raisins in the beginning, or just as the final kneading begins. If you have a rapid setting or a delayed timer they can not be used with this recipe.
The crust was thick, yet somehow light in texture, and a light cinnamon color. The bread itself was very very moist and had just the right amount of sweetness, mainly from the raisins. Inside, the color was very interesting, a purplish brown cinnamon color. I only wish I had a photo to share with you. [big sigh] The tart pomegranate taste was subtle but evident. The flavors did go well together, giving a nice contrast of flavor. Next time I make this I will add some pomegranate seeds in order to increase the pomegranate flavor and color.
The bread was gone in less than a day. Red enjoyed it with a swipe of peanut buttert. It served as a great snack and breakfast bread too. I would say this Cinnamon N Raisin POMegranate bread experiment was a success.
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