Pomegranate Tarts

by Shoshana on September 15, 2014 · 4 comments

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After apples and honey, pomegranates are  one of the most ubiquitous foods on the Rosh Hashana table.  Because the pomegranate has so many seeds it is a symbol of plenty. On Rosh Hashana we state the hope “that our merits increase like (the seeds of) a pomegranate” in the coming year. I always try to incorporate as many different forms of the simanim, the foods for good omens, in my Rosh Hashana meals so my desserts tend to reflect the simanim as well. Some years I have made assorted cakes with the simanim (honey cake, pumpkin cake, and carrot cake) but this year I want the pomegranates to be front and center.  I made these pomegranate tarts a few years back for Joy of Kosher but I wanted to share them here since they are on my menu again this year.

These individual pomegranate tarts are the perfect way to highlight the many seeds within each pomegranate. The sweet tart crust is filled with a soft pomegranate curd and topped with as many fresh pomegranate seeds as will fit on top. The seeds look like glistening jewels making this a very elegant dessert. As tasty as they are beautiful, these tarts are a great way to start the new year.

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