Grapefruit and Pomegranate Bars
Always wear an old shirt or apron when working with pomegranates, as the bright red juice can stain.
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1¼ cups unsalted butter
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 ripe pomegranate
½ cup fresh grapefruit juice
2½ cups granulated sugar
1¼ teaspoons baking powder
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together the flour, butter, and confectioners’ sugar. Press into a large oblong baking pan, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
While the crust bakes, cut open the pomegranate and remove the seeds. Discard the skin and other material.
Beat the eggs in a bowl, and mix in the grapefruit juice, sugar, and baking powder. Fold in the pomegranate seeds. Pour the mixture over the crust. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top is set. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
The pomegranate is a large, round, maroon fruit, sometimes called a Chinese apple. When opened, it is full of edible seeds that are tart and slightly crunchy. Pomegranate is somewhat expensive, but it's worth the cost for special occasions and recipes.