Dressed to Impress, Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours are a show-off treat for your Valentine!
Every time I see Petit Fours I think of Alice in Wonderland, gingerly nibbling bite-sized cakes that made her shoot up to towering heights or shrink down to the size of a mouse.
What’s more, I remember how delightful the petit fours sounded, and recall thinking I would be willing to go through any challenge Alice had to face, to get my hands on them.
Petit Fours are in fact, a labor of love. It’s not that they are hard to make; it’s that there is so much WAITING involved. …I don’t like to wait on my dessert.
I can hear my mother’s voice ringing, “Good things come to those who wait.”
Impatience is the reason most people don’t make Petit Fours; they buy them at a bakery. However fresh homemade petit fours are a mystifying treat, with flavor combinations you don’t often find at a bakery, like chocolate pomegranate!
So here is the process for making these insanely tasty Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours. Again, not hard, just lots of waiting around:
Bake the cake and place in the freezer. Wait…
Make the Whipped Pomegranate Cream. Spread on cake. Freeze and wait…
Make the Whipped Chocolate Cream. Spread on pomegranate filling. Freeze and wait…
Trim the cake edges and cut into perfect 1 inch squares. Freeze and wait…
Make the Pomegranate Poured Fondant. Coat each Petit Four. Place on a rack to dry.
Why all the freezing and waiting? The cream layers and the cake layer of the Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours need to be rock-hard before blanketing them in warm poured fondant, otherwise the cream will melt and the tender cake will crumble into the poured fondant bowl creating a huge mess.
Yet these little beauties are worth the wait. Mom was right. At this moment, I’m surrounded by little pearly pink “good things” layered with velvety chocolate and perky pomegranate.
If you are of the patient sect, you will be quite pleased with the finished product.
Chocolate + Pomegranate = Exquisite Yum.
PS ~ The color of the pomegranate juice is so concentrated; there is no need for artificial coloring!
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