Pomegranates, every winter I buy one, get it home and then look at it and think "what the hell do I do with this????" This year has been no different. In an effort to introduce Isabelle to all kinds of new fruits and vegetables in the hopes that she will actually try it and maybe even like it, we bought a pomegranate.
This year I did something different - I actually used google to come up with a recipe to use the pomegranate in. There are all kinds of things out there, but the one I thought I would have the most success in getting my family to eat was Apple Pomegrante Crisp. Really, it's just apple crisp with some pomegranate in it, but the ruby red seeds make it look festive. I found the recipe on allrecipes.com and then altered it a little bit. This recipes serves four people. I think when I make it again I will also add more oats to make a thicker crumble. I would also suggest throwing some extra pomegranate seeds on top of the crumble to add some fun colour. This would probably be awesome with some really good quality vanilla ice cream on the side!
- 3-4 medium apples - peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/4 pomegranate, skin and light-colored membrane removed
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
This recipe's Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 8 servings.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- In a large bowl, toss together the apples, pomegranate seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. In the same bowl, stir together the oats, flour and sugar. Rub in the butter between your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the fruit.
Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until the apples are soft. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature
Another thing I discovered, thanks to the magic of google, is a really easy and clean way to get the seeds of the pomegranate. If you have ever had one, you know the seeds are hard to get out and the juice can stain - your hands, your clothes, and the counter! So what you do is score the outside of the pomegranate with a knife, make four or five long cuts with a sharp knife, and then submerge the fruit in a bowl of cold water. Let it st for five or ten minutes so that the fruit gets water logged. Then cut the fruit open and gentley break the skin and push out the seeds (in the water). The seeds are heavier than the peel and white membrane so they sink the bottom of the bowl making it easy to separate them. There was no mess and really, removing the seeds under water was quite calming and relaxing!