If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you will have noticed that this is my second batch of molasses in the past month. I had no complaints about the first batch except that it yielded a mere ¼ cup of molasses (I got up to a ½ cup thereabouts on the second run).

I wanted to try making a batch without adding extra sugar. I figured since the boxed stuff already comes with a whopping 100 grams per litre, that might be enough to reduce down to a good consistency. While this did happen eventually, the sugar content wasn’t enough; it had to be reduced a lot more to get to the molasses stage. If you’re okay with the reduced quantity, by all means use that method. This batch has a ¼ cup added sugar which, as it turns out, doubled that yield.

What do you do with a jar of molasses sitting in the fridge? Its very desirable sweet and tangy flavour works beautifully in salad dressings and marinadesslathered on lamb or chicken and seared in a hot pan until the edges catch and char. Since what this is is basically highly concentrated and sweetened pomegranate juice, a dollop mixed into soda water makes for a really good drink. The idea of the drink, that’s been the biggest revelation so far.

POMEGRANATE MOLASSES

Ingredients

  • 1 litre pomegranate juice (see notes)
  • ¼ cup sugar

Instructions

  • Pour the pomegranate juice into a saucepan. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Place the saucepan on the stove over a medium-high heat.
  • Cook for anywhere between 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want it to reduce until it coats the back of a ladle and forms a thick syrup (it will continue to thicken as it cools and sits in the fridge so use your best judgement here).
  • Once it has reduced, set aside to cool completely. Decant into a glass/steel jar and refrigerate. Keeps well refrigerated for up to a month.

Notes

- yield: approx 1/2 cup
- I used the ‘Real’ brand of pomegranate juice in this recipe. It has 100 grams of added sugar. If you’re going to be using a different brand, calculate accordingly and add more/less sugar.
- You can also use freshly squeezed pomegranate juice in this recipe. Add 3/4 th cup of sugar for 1 litre of fresh juice.

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