Pomegranate-Orange Cream Tart


If you think this easy fall dessert is stunning now, wait until you slice into it.

pomegranate orange cream tart

Kelsey Hansen

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 15 mins
1 Tart

A thin glassy-smooth gelée layer made with cranberry and pomegranate juices floats over an orange cream base (think Creamsicle). Once set, the gelée holds a clean-cut edge but melts in your mouth. For the brightest red gelée layer, choose cranberry juice cocktail. If you use natural cranberry juice or only pomegranate juice, the topper with be a deep burgundy, almost brown, color.


Pomegranate-Orange Filling

  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail

  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice

  • 6 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 teaspoons gelatin

  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

  • Pomegranate arils

  • Orange slices

  • Fresh mint leaves

Rich Tart Pastry

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut up

  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon ice water


Pomegranate-Orange Cream Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll Rich Tart Pastry into an 11- to 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 10- to 11-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom. Press pastry into fluted sides of tart pan; trim edge. Prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork. Chill pastry 1 hour.

  2. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

  3. Meanwhile, for the cranberry gelée, in a saucepan combine cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, and 3 Tbsp. of the sugar. Sprinkle gelatin over juice mixture and let stand 5 minutes. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until mixture is just steaming and gelatin has dissolved, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. If necessary, skim off foam. Stir in orange liqueur. Transfer to a small bowl and chill 40 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, for filling, in a large bowl beat cream cheese, the remaining 3 Tbsp. sugar, and the orange zest with a mixer on medium until combined. Gradually beat in heavy cream until mixture is light and fluffy.

  5. Spread filling into cooled tart shell. Cover and chill until gelée is finished chilling.

    To achieve a perfectly smooth surface, the gelée mixture should be slightly thickened but still pourable so it flows evenly over the cream cheese layer. If the gelée is not pourable, microwave 5 seconds at a time until its pourable but still thickened.

  6. Gently pour gelée over chilled filling. Chill until set, 2 hours. Top with pomegranate arils, orange slices, and mint (if using).

Rich Tart Pastry

  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until pieces are pea-size. In a small bowl combine egg yolks and ice water. Add egg yolk mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a fork just until moistened. Using your fingers, gently knead mixture just until a ball forms. Cover and chill 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
19g Fat
24g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 281.7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18.7g 24%
Saturated Fat 11.2g 56%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 24.3g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Total Sugars 13.8g
Protein 4.3g
Vitamin D 0.5mcg 2%
Vitamin C 5.2mg 26%
Calcium 37.5mg 3%
Iron 0.8mg 5%
Potassium 84mg 2%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.5g
Vitamin D 18.3IU
Alanine 0.2g
Arginine 0.2g
Ash 0.7g
Aspartic acid 0.3g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0.7mcg
Choline, total 46mg
Copper, Cu 0mg
Cystine 0.1g
Energy 1178.4kJ
Fluoride, F 1.6mcg
Folate, total 36mcg
Glutamic acid 0.9g
Glycine 0.2g
Histidine 0.1g
Isoleucine 0.2g
Leucine 0.3g
Lysine 0.2g
Methionine 0.1g
Magnesium, Mg 7.6mg
Manganese, Mn 0.1mg
Niacin 0.8mg
Phosphorus, P 63.3mg
Pantothenic acid 0.4mg
Phenylalanine 0.2g
Phytosterols 0.1mg
Proline 0.4g
Retinol 178.8mcg
Selenium, Se 9.7mcg
Serine 0.2g
Starch 0g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.2g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.6mg
Tryptophan 0.1g
Tyrosine 0.2g
Valine 0.2g
Vitamin A, IU 659.7IU
Vitamin A, RAE 181.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 2mcg
Water 45.2g
Zinc, Zn 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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