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When I was growing up, November and December were full of wonderful memories. My mother’s side of the family would come together for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve every year. We would gather around the table sharing stories of passed loved ones, and childhood memories that we held near to our hearts. It was during those times of my early life that I cherish the most. I learned so much about the family members that I never got the opportunity to meet during these holiday get-togethers. It was those stories that would spark my interest in asking questions the older I got when it came to finding out more about our ancestry.
It’s been seven years since my mother passed away, and every year during the months of November and December I get very nostalgic. I find myself decorating, baking, and cooking as she did when I was growing up. Even though the decorations, at the time made me mad, today I hold them close to my heart, and share them with my own family. My mother was born in the early 40’s, so her taste in decor differed dramatically from my own. I found her style outdated and embarrassing, when I was a child and teenager. Now that I’m in my thirties, I see that her style was beautiful and unique. I was very lucky and received all of my mother’s and grandmother’s vintage ornaments that hung on the tree when I was growing up after she passed away. Today they have their own special tree in our bedroom. It’s a reminder that my mother is here with me (and us) in spirit always.
I’m not sure about you, but scent seems to stir my memories even more sometimes than materialistic items. When I ran across the scents from the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection in Publix over the weekend, like all candles that I want to buy, I started sniffing them, searching for the perfect one. They all smell wonderfully holidayish. However the Share the Spirit™ Pomegranate Sparkler™ scent spoke to me! (not literally, of course)
I remember the first time I ever tried pomegranate. My mother had picked one up from the grocery store and was trying to explain it to me as we finished shopping. I didn’t understand why you would eat the seeds of a fruit, and why that was all there was to eat. We got home and she cut into it, split it apart, dug out the little jewels on the side of our stainless steel sink, and we ate it. It was delicious! She shared a story of her eating her first one as a teenager, and the whole moment became a core memory. Every single time I see a pomegranate to this day, I remember the whole scene like it was yesterday. I love when scents do that. They pull a memory from deep inside and all you to relive it like a flash from a movie scene. That is exactly what the Share the Spirit™ Pomegranate Sparkler™ did. With that memory so fresh in my mind, I wanted to take it a step farther and create a recipe with pomegranate, something that my mother would have loved had she gotten the chance to try them, Pomegranate Brownies.
These brownies are so simple to make, you can literally take any brownie recipe that you love, and use it. If you don’t have one that is ok too, the one that I am going to use is a tried and true family favorite!
Start by mixing together ½ plus ⅓ cup sugar, 6 tablespoons of room temp butter, and 1 tablespoon of water in a large mixing bowl.
Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 flax egg. (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds+1 tablespoon water), set aside.
In a medium sized bowl mix together ⅔ cup flour, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and 6 tablespoons cocoa.
Slowly mix your dry ingredients into your wet, working in small batches until you have it all incorporated.
Pour into a parchment lined 8X8 baking pan and press flat.
Sprinkle with ¼ cup pomegranate seeds and 2 tablespoons chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Once cooled, cut into 9 squares and serve.
How do you like to eat pomegranates? I love them alone, however these brownies are my newest favorite! Have you ever tried cooking with them?