Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pomegranate Lemon Bars

Pomegranate Lemon Bars - Sweet-tart and moist!

Okay, so about a week ago Jenn first announced that there was a POM Wonderful Featured Blogger Contest going on this month. If you have not heard about it, food bloggers can submit an original recipe featuring pomegranates and have a chance to win $5000 from POM Wonderful!

As an added incentive to Foodie Blogroll members, in conjunction with the lovely POM folks, they are giving away cases of POM Wonderful products for the next 2 weeks, while the contest is going on. For more details on how you can enter to win either of these contests, please check out the Foodie Blogroll/ Leftover Queen Forum!

I had every intention of entering this contest and maybe I still will, but I used up both of the pomegranates that I had bought!!! Guess I need to buy some more!!!

Pomegranate Lemon Bars (adapted from How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman)

Ingredients:

8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, plus a little more for greasing the pan
1-1/4 Cup sugar
1 Cup AP Flour, plus 2 Tbsp
2 eggs
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp baking soda
grated or minced zest of 1 lemon
1/2 POM pomegranate seeds removed
Confectioners sugar

Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan.
  • Use an electric mixer to cream the butter with 1/4 cup of the sugar. Stir in 1 cup of flour. This mixture will be quite dry; press into the greased pan and bake for 15 minutes, no longer. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  • Beat together the eggs, lemon juice, baking soda, remaining 1 cup of sugar, 2 Tbsp of flour, and lemon zest. Stir in pomegranate. Pour mixture over the crust and bake until firm on the edges but still a little soft in the middle, another 20 minutes. Cool, then sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Cut into squares and serve with some additional pomegranate seeds for garnish.
  • Store covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Yum!

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!

Judy
www.nofearentertaining.com

18 comments:

LMcC said...

Judy, YUM!YUM!YUM!! I love pomegranats and am alwasy looking for new ways to use them. I need to make a dessert to bring to a big housewarming bash on Saturday night and now I can't wait to make these! I have 12 sitting here right now - used as part of a centerpiece on the dining table for my daughter's confirmation! Now at least some of them won't go to waste! Thanks for all the great recipes!

Bellini Valli said...

I have seen the contest and have been racking my brains to think of something original.I would enjoy your lemon bars no doubt in my mind:D

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious. I love anything with pomegranate, messy preparation aside, and this really piqued my interest.

Unfortunately, my husband informed me this weekend that I use "too much" pomegranate. :(

gkbloodsugar said...

I'd never get bored of Lemon Bars regardless, but you've made them all the more interesting.

Nice!

Dani said...

sounds like a wonderful flavour combo :)

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Hey LMcC-Very timely on this recipe then!!!

Hey Val-I'm not entering these as it isn't very original! But they were delicious!

Hey FK-I hear you on the "too much". I got told the same thing about pumpkin puree!

Hi gkbloodsugar-Thanks!

It really was Dani!

lauren said...

these look incredible!

kellypea said...

Haven't made lemon bars in forever, but adding pomegranate to the mix sounds heavenly. I just made something w/pomegranate, but not an original recipe. Hmmmm....I do have 4 more left to play around with!

Caviar and Codfish said...

There's something so "princess-y" about pomegranates. Love them.

And with my new sweetheart, the lemon? Yay! Thanks, Judy!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks great, Judy! I love them - there is something so ethereal about the lemon-pomegranate combo! Thanks for sharing!

Peppercorn Press said...

Hi Judy.... This is gorgeous =) Lemon bars are one of my favorites, and the pomegranates certainly dress it up! Can't wait to try them!

Chef E said...

I saw that announcement, but cannot for the life of me think of anything, but I will vote for yours! They look good, and I love the seeds, so so pretty...

Jo said...

Wow, lemon and pomengarat, delicious! And the seeds look like little red rubies.

Abigail said...

Oooh, that sounds SO luscious! Wish I could buy pomegranates over here in Japan...haven't seen them! I'll just have to drool over your post and dream lemon-bar dreams...

Rico said...

OMG OMG OMG...this looks so delicious....surely you must have won or come close to winning the comp.it looks delish.

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Patsyk said...

I love the look of those bars! Very moist! I've got to get busy working on an idea for that contest as well!

5 Star Foodie said...

These look wonderful. I'll have to make this recipe for my daughter who loves everything with pomegranate because of one of her favorite greek characters Persephone.

amber said...

these were AMAZING! a big hit with the inlaws! thanks for posting!