Friday, May 4, 2012

Strawberry and Pomegranate Crumble Bars ... a sweet Treat !!

Yeah, Spring is here and Strawberries from Whole Foods are already super tasty and super sweet ! I love Strawberries, even in a Quinoa Salad !

Today weather is warm in Connecticut, and I'm going having lunch with friends at the beach (life is good !)... and guess what ? I can't go to the beach without bringing a snack !!!

So I baked Pomegranate and Strawberry Bars, the perfect treat for my friends.

No need to tell you great things about Strawberries, Strawberries are people's favorite - remember the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" ;-)

To me, people don't use enough Pomegranate in cooking. Pomegranate is a really "good-for-you" fruit.
I love his crunch, his color, his sweet & sour taste and Pomegranate has a lot of good properties : for heart, digestion, liver, kidney, diarrhea, and more ....

These Strawberry & Pomegranate Bars are really yummy. The texture is between a cake and a crumble, and the fruits spread in the middle gives a smooth taste !!

Think about this recipe for your next brunch !!

A bientot et bon Appetit
Emilie your French Chef

La recette de Barre Crumble aux Fraises et Grenade (Strawberry and Pomegranate Crumble Bars)

Ingredients for 10-12 individual Bars :

- For the dough :
1 granulated Sugar
3 cups Flour
1 1/2 stick of cold unsalted Butter
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon baking Powder
1 teaspoon of pure Vanilla extract
2 pinches of Salt

- For the Fruits:
4 cups of diced Strawberries or any kind of red berries or a mix
2 cups of Pomegranate
1/2 cup granulated Sugar
4 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon cold Water

Preheat the oven to 380F.  Line a 11" square or rectangular deep baking dish with baking paper.

Whisk together 1 cup of the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the butter and stir with a fork until you get a sand texture (like bread crumbs). 

In an other bowl, whisk the egg with the vanilla.  Mix the egg  to the flour mixture, until everything is incorporated and you get a dry mixture.
Put 2/3 of the mixture into your baking dish and press to have a regular layer.

In a bowl, stir water and cornstarch. When diluted, add the sugar. Add the fruits and stir gently.

Spread the fruits over the first layer of dough. Then squeeze the rest of the dough to get chunks (with your hands or a fork) and spread everywhere over the fruits.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until golden color.  Wait until everything completely cool before cutting  into bars (you can even wait overnight (in the fridge).

Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.