This is a nice, light and refreshing fruity dessert made with pomegranate juice and Agar Agar.
Agar Agar flakes are often used to create vegan jello and other desserts and can usually be found at Asian grocery stores. It often comes in a flakes or powder form. The powder is much stronger than the flake so if using powder use slightly less than noted in this recipe. The Consistency of the soup may vary based on the amount of Agar being used so you might need to experiment with it and make the soup as thick as you would like. I like juicing fresh pomegranates for the base of this soup, it is very refreshing, sweet and tangy.
Chilled Agar Pomegranate-Orange Soup with macerated Berries garnish
Sprinkle the Agar Agar flakes over the top of the Pomegranate juice, but do not stir or heat.
Set aside for 10 minutes or longer to allow the agar to soften.
Place the pot over medium-low heat and, without stirring, bring to a simmer.
At the simmer, quickly whisk to release any agar that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Keeping the heat on medium-low, bring the mixture to a full boil. Immediately reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook at a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat and pour into a shallow container. Let cool for about 15 minutes and then transfer to the fridge for 30 minutes or until set. This could take an hour or so, depending on the temperature of the liquid when placed in the fridge.
The liquid should then look like a light gel, not completely solid but not liquid either.
In a small-medium bowl add all of the fresh berries and the sugar and stir gently to macerate the fruit. Let the fruit sit with the sugar for a few minutes until the fruit softens and releases juices.
Remove the set gel from the fridge. Pour into a food processor with a metal blade or a blender and process on low until you reach a smooth soup-like consistency.
Pour the soup into four soup bowls. Serve, if desired, garnished with a small mound of the berry fruit salad. You can be creative here and add any desired fruits to the fruit mixture.