After my experience with pomegranate gastrique I was left with two things. First, there was a half bottle of pomegranate juice in my refrigerator that needed to be used. Second, I wanted to give the gastrique process another go so I could begin honing my skills for the gastrique world championships. I’m going to rule that s**t.
Somewhere in the space/time/minus the vinegar continuum that is making gastrique lies molasses and syrup. To not overdose the gastrique thing but still get in the necessary practice I decided to make a pomegranate syrup to pour over buttermilk, pecan and banana pancakes. I based the syrup completely on an Alton Brown recipe that was created in outer space. I halved the recipe to make up for my lack of a full bottle of pomegranate juice.
The pancakes, adapted from a Cooking Light recipe, went something like this:
Buttermilk-Pecan-Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup
-1 cup flour
-1 Tbs. sugar
-1/2 tsp. baking soda
-1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp. salt
-1/8 cup uncooked Farina
-1 1/4 cups vegan buttermilk (use almond milk, dissolve lime juice in it, let sit ten minutes)
-1 Tbs. vegetable oil
-1/2 tsp. vanilla
-1 egg (or equivalent in vegan form)
-1/4 cup crushed pecans
1. Make the syrup.
2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, Farina) in a large metal bowl.
3. Combine the wet ingredients (vegan buttermilk, oil, vanilla, egg). Add to the flour mixture and stir until everything is smooth.
4. Fold in the banana and pecans.
5. Heat a griddle. Drop 1/4 cup batter bombs on the hot pan and heat until bubbles appear all of the top of the cake. Flip and do it again.
6. Cover your cakes in syrup. Stick a fork in them.
The Pomegranates are an indie pop band from Cincinnati, Ohio ( a town that invites farm animals to their block parties). The band garnered a lot of acclaim from their first three full length albums. They are back with another, Heaven (released June 5th via Modern Outsider Records). Their new single “Pass Away” (via Broken Circles) can be found on it.
The band also has a new video for “Surfing the Human Heart”:
In support of the album, Pomegranates will be heading out on the road for a mid-July/early-August tour. Dates include:
07.15.12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Sawyer Point Waterfront Park (Bunbury Festival)
07.16.12 – Lexingon, KY @ Cosmic Charlies
07.18.12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
07.20.12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
07.21.12 – Orlando, FL @ Black Booth
07.22.12 – St Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
07.24.12 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
07.26.12 – Washington, DC @ DC9
07.27.12 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
07.28.12 – Boston, MA @ TT The Bears
07.29.12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
08.01.12 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
08.02.12 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
08.03.12 – Akron, OH @ Musica
08.04.12 – Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern