Friday, December 2, 2011

Apple Pomegranate Crumble

I typically only buy fruit that is in season.  I first discovered pomegranates in college one winter when they happened to be extremely inexpensive.  What college student isn’t looking for cheap produce?!  I remember practically living on pomegranates that winter.  They are not the easiest fruit to eat but the effort that it takes to get to the good stuff is so, completely worth it.  (Rachel (of Not Rachael Ray) did a great tutorial on how to eat a pomegranate, click here for that tutorial.  She also gives an awesome list of recipes that use pomegranate seeds)

I came across some pomegranates recently.  They called my name and I could barely hold it together long enough to get the thing home and tear into it.  The arils (seeds) are wonderful to snack on by themselves but I really wanted to bake with them.

I  remembered this apple crumble recipe that I absolutely love.  I originally posted it early in the life of Bake Your Day but  I thought that the tart of the pomegranate would go perfectly with sour of a Granny Smith apple.  It really was a great combination and was rounded out perfectly with the buttery, gingery crumble topping.  I’m a fool for that topping!  Plus, I’m always looking for a reason to use my mini tart pans!

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Apple-Pomegranate Crumble Recipe


2 cups apples, sliced thin
2 cups pomegranate seeds (about 1 whole pomegranate)
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbs. granulated sugar

2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. ground ginger
1 stick butter, room temperature


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter 6 ramekins, mini tart pans or one 8x8 baking dish.

In a large bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar and ginger. Add in the softened butter and mix (with your hands) until combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the apples, pomegranate seeds, lemon, cinnamon and sugar. Divide evenly among the ramekins or tart pans or pour into the prepared baking dish. Cover with the oat mixture.

Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the oats are slightly browned and the apples are tender.

Cassie's Notes:
Substitute any of your favorite seasonal fruits in this dessert.

Rachel (of Not Rachael Ray) did a great tutorial on how to eat a pomegranate, click here for that tutorial.

Adapted from my original apple crumble recipe


39 Responses to “Apple Pomegranate Crumble”

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 2, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    Thanks for the link Cassie (and you spelled my name right, hooray!). This crumble looks awesome!

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    Kathryn — December 2, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    Yum, this is a great combination of flavours. I love apple crumble but the idea of pomegranates in there too is awesome!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 2, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    I love crumbles. I just got back from a coffee shop & I was eyeing their coffee crumble! To be honest, I’ve never had a pomegranate before or even that Pom drink. I really think I’d like them but the intimidating part is trying to break into one! Apple pomegranate does sound soo good though, great combo, Cassie!

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    chris @ thekeenancookbook — December 2, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    Love apple crumble,bet this is a great flavor combo.yum!

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    Bev Weidner — December 2, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    I was approached by the hobmother too! So, it’s not spam??

    • Cassie replied: — December 2nd, 2011 @ 7:05 am

      Nope, not spam!

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    Steve @ the black peppercorn — December 2, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    I love apple crumble and I love pomegranates, so I think I would dig them put together. You are very creative Cassie! You comment on my Tikka post that you wished we were neighbours so I could share – well, I would dig it too if apple pomegrantate crumble was part of the sharing!!! 🙂

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    Curt — December 2, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    This looks mighty mighty tasty! As a kid in Texas, we had several pomegranate bushes and trees on our block. They are hard to eat, but well worth it.

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    Kelly — December 2, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    How cute are these little crumbles, I love them!! If you haven’t already, feel free to check out the $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card giveaway going on right on my blog! xoxo

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 2, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    I have a pomegranate in my fruit basket that I got after reading Rachels great tutorial too. I still am debating what to do with it and this looks like the perfect recipe to give try it on! 🙂

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    Tina@flourtrader — December 2, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    You have got my attention-I usually can never pass up a crumble and these look fantastic! Love the mix of pomegranate and apple, definitely worth a try-yum!

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    Lauren — December 2, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    Those pans are so cute!! LOVE this Cassie!

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    Anna — December 3, 2011 @ 12:28 am

    This looks so good!! I recently got hooked on pomegranate and can’t believe how many seeds hide in one little pomegranate!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — December 3, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    Yay for Fairy Hobmother! I love crumbles and your apple + pomegranate combination sounds so delish!

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    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — December 3, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    I want to eat this right now for breakfast! The crumble looks so good and that is always my favorite part!

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    Katherine Martinelli — December 3, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    Pomegranates are one of my favorite fruit! I just love them. This crumble looks sooooo good. Congrats on being visited by the fairy hobmother!! I’d love a visit as well 😉

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    Aggie — December 3, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    I opened up two pomegranates the other night and it was almost therapeutic, lol. I actually enjoyed the process and found it relaxing in a way. I ate them for two days out of a mason jar…perfect for the car!!

    Crumbles are one of my favorite kind of desserts, I love fruit desserts and they are so easy to bake up! This sounds delicious!

  17. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — December 3, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    i love pomegranates but never have baked with them. sounds delicious!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — December 4, 2011 @ 1:20 am

    This crumble looks delicious. I have never baked with pomegranates, but I think I will have to give it a try.

  19. #
    Parsley Sage — December 4, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    So cuto! I love your little mini-crumble tins 🙂 I wish I was a baker so badly, I bet these tasted amazing!

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    sarah — December 4, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    I used to eat so many pomegranates growing up that my fingers would be died pink every fall. I’ve always just eaten them plain, though- never thought to bake with them- and this sounds fantastic!!

  21. #
    Liz — December 4, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Oh, I love crumbles, too…and the addition of pomegranate makes these so pretty! Love the bit of red peeking through the topping…mmmmmmm.

  22. #
    Meghan — December 4, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    I bet these little crumbles are awesome, I love pomegranates! Those little pans are too cute! Great job & congrats on your visit from the fairy hobmother!

  23. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — December 4, 2011 @ 1:42 pm


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    Anne@frommysweetheart — December 4, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    Cassie…there was a time when I didn’t quite know what to do with a pomegranate! And actually, though it is a bit of a workout, I just love the seeds by themselves! But now..always looking for new ways to use them and your crumble looks wonderful! So glad you got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother! No one deserves it more than you! : )

  25. #
    Victoria Luhrs — December 4, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    Cassie! Just found your blog this afternoon. Yeah for church blog friends on the Internet!

    • Cassie replied: — December 4th, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      You blog?!?! Yay, that is so great!! Can’t wait to read some more!!

  26. #
    Ann — December 4, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    Apples AND pomegranate? *sigh* I’m in love! Beautifully done, Cassie!

  27. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 7, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    What a great combination! I never would have thought to put apples and pomegranates together… Yeah for the Fairy Hobmother!

  28. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — December 7, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    Sounds so warm and wonderful! Perfect for this time of year! Buzz!

  29. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 7, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Oh my gawwwsh how cute are these!!!

  30. #
    Steph@stephsbitebybite — December 7, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Yum!! Crumbles are the perfect dessert because they’re warm and then you put ice cream on them and they become super fabulous!!

  31. #
    Kelsey — December 7, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    These are adorable. Was thinking of doing an apple-cranberry dessert this weekend, but may have to do apple-pom instead!

  32. #
    Carolyn — December 7, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    I loved Rachael’s tutorial on how to get all the seeds out of a pomegranate. And it looks to me like you put it to great use in this crumble. What a great combo of flavours!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 7, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    I love the idea of using the pom seeds in this crumble! What a great combo with the apples!

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    Kim Bee — December 8, 2011 @ 12:23 am

    Cassie this looks super good. Our market in the city now carries pom seeds already all nicely done for you. I have been buying them that way recently. So much easier right now while I am busy. I never had a pom until I went to a friend’s in high school. I was so amazed by them and could not stop eating them. Your recipe is lovely and I must say I think the flavor must just be incredible. Apples and pomegranate together would be wonderful.

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    Jayne L. Wells — January 3, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

    Made this on this day for my Bible study group in 2013, absolutely loved it!
    Started my love of pairing apples and pomegranate! Thank you!


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