Pomegranate jelly with pineapple and berry salad

Serves 4 people

Pomegranates are both sweet and sour, with an astringent tannin aftertaste. This makes a good counterpoint to game and poultry, as well as a unique and refreshing dessert.

  • 4 pomegranates
  • 1 cup sparkling rosé
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 gelatine leaves, or 3 tsp powdered gelatine
  • 1.2 cup pineapple, cut in very small dice
  • ½ pnt blueberries, halved
  • ¼ punnet raspberries, halved
  • 2 Tbsp pure icing sugar
  • 2 sprigs mint leaves, finely sliced

1 Remove the seeds from the pomegranates. Reserve 2 tablespoons of seeds and juice the remainder.

2 Combine the pomegranate juice, rosé and sugar and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.

3 Soften the gelatine leaves in ½ cup cold water then whisk into the pomegranate mix until dissolved. For powdered gelatine, follow instructions on the packet.

4 Pour the jelly into ¼ cup moulds and refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.

5 Mix the fruits and the reserved pomegranate seeds and dress with icing sugar and mint.

6 Un-mould the jelly by dipping in hot water, then surround with the fruit salad.

Professional Tip: Pomegranate seeds freeze well, so buy them in season to enjoy all year round.