Urban Chic + Beautiful Brunch 

Brunch’n Babes! This is how to take your brunch game to next-level status and wow your girlfriends the next time they’re over for a lazy weekend morning. Make them this fancy pomegranate molasses toast inspired by Muhamarra (a hot red pepper dip originating from Syria).

Amy Murphy, the lovely and most talented gal from Parties, Petals, and Paper, shared her chic stylizing of green florals mixed in with Karlos Bumps “XOs.” As you know, I love combining street art with sweets, which you’ll find in our series – Graffiti & Grace.  Pairing simple and economic greens with a killer textile piece is decorating genius. The bright colors of this brunch game pops with ingredients such as red peppers and pomegranate. Get your boomerang app fired up and ready to go!
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I know, Muhamarra what? Muhamarra in Arabic means reddenned. It is the showstopper in this recipe that combines red peppers with pomegranate molasses. Last weekend with my besties, Lorna and Lisa, we prepared a Sunday supper meal. We made lamb kofta and yogurt with Muhamarra. We were all in love with this middle eastern dish and gushing about the flavor combinations in between chews.   My mind immediately went to breakfast, naturally, as my next meal to plan.

pomegranate molasses

I checked in with my dear friend Amy and gushed about a brunch spread with the richest most delicious toast that would steal the show. So there you have it, Fancy Pomegranate Molasses Toast.  Of course, she was finishing my sentences by the end of our call and straight away we got busy creating our vision.

And with the pomegranate molasses…

pomegranate molasses

Each scrumptious layer of this toast is filled with texture, color, and flavor.  Literally with each bite, you power through crunchy bread, creamy ricotta, tangy yogurt, sweet peppers, and juicy pomegranate.  So satiating and satisfying!

I like to involve my friends in anything food-related.  I mean, if they’re going to stuff themselves silly with my cooking, they might as well put in a little elbow grease for it, right? So, I say, put them to work and have them do the layering! Have fun with it. Maybe you do it with them or just set out a sample (discreetly) so they have an example to follow.

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So how the heck to you make this lovely middle-eastern toast?  You do it in layers!

Toast 101:

  1. Grilled Toast Brushed With Muhammara Juice (baguette, sourdough, or country bread will all work great)
  2. Spread Ricotta (I used Whole Foods Whole Milk Ricotta)
  3. Yogurt Sauce + Tahini Drizzle (Kevala Tahini is smooth)
  4. Grilled Red Peppers (Muhammara inspired)
  5. Pomegranate + Almonds Sprinkled
  6. Dash of Pomegranate Molasses (You can find it at World Market or Indian specialty markets)

Some layers don’t require any prep, while others do.

Turn on the grill and start with searing the bread, then sear some red peppers.  All you need is a super high flame and both the toast and the peppers will get some lovely blackened coloring.  Next, move on to making your Muhammara (stovetop) which should take you about 5-1o minutes.  I didn’t even mix my tahini into the yogurt, I just poured it in to get that awesome two-toned creamy mixture.  Tahini, unlike other nutty butters, is more sour and pungent to the taste.  It plays so nicely with the sweetness of the molasses.  YUM!

Get your layers ready, start assembling and put those babes to work.  Ten-HUT!

pomegranate molasses

pomegranate molasses

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Fancy Pomegranate Molasses Toast

By TheSweetNerd  ,

October 4, 2016

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • 30 mins

    15 mins

    45 mins

Ingredients

Muhammara Molasses Pomegranate Syrup:

½ cup water

2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

Roasted Red Peppers, sliced and grilled

Baguette, sliced and toasted

Yogurt Sauce

¼ cup plain yogurt

1 ½ teaspoons tahini (sesame seed paste)

dash lemon juice

dash salt

Topping

Pomegranate seeds

Sliced almonds

Directions

1Syrup: Put grilled red peppers in pan, turn on flame, and heat for one minute. Add ½ cup water and pomegranate molasses. Bring to a simmer, scraping up brown bits. Cook until reduced by half, about 4 minutes.

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3Assembly: Start with one slice of baguette. Using a pastry brush, soak bread with syrup from the Muhammara sauce. Spread a layer of ricotta or your favorite soft cow’s milk cheese over the bread, followed again by peppers and muhammara sauce. Drizzle with yogurt sauce, almond slices and pomegranate seeds. If you like it a bit more sweet, you can sprinkle with pomegranate molasses.

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1 Comment

  • Kendall Haun
    1 year ago

    I love how versatile this toast is! It would be perfect for a yummy breakfast or for a girls brunch! Love this idea.

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