Thursday, May 21, 2009

Smitten Kitchen's Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

It's that time of year - the brief moment in time where strawberries and rhubarb are in all-out abundance. Granted, our home-grown strawberries are still a couple of weeks away, but the store-bought variety is cheap right now, and they really aren't half bad.

I'm always looking for a good strawberry rhubarb recipe to tackle, and this is one of my new favorites. I found it at Smitten Kitchen and it's simple and divine. (Hint: Lemon really does make almost everything better!)






We had ours warm with a scoop of Breyer's Vanilla Bean ice cream. Heavenly.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Yields 6 to 8 servings.

For the topping:
1 1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons Demerara sugar (or turbinado sugar aka Sugar in the Raw)
Zest of one lemon
1/4 pound (1 stick or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
1 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 quart strawberries plus a few extras, hulled, quartered
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons cornstarch (some commenters found the flour option a little too, well, floury so this has been updated)
Pinch of salt

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Prepare topping: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugars and lemon zest and add the melted butter. Mix until small and large clumps form. Refrigerate until needed.

2. Prepare filling: Toss rhubarb, strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. (I used an oval dish this time, because they fit better in the bottom of a shopping bag.)

3. Remove topping from refrigerator and cover fruit thickly and evenly with topping. Place pie plate on a (foil-lined, if you really want to think ahead) baking sheet, and bake until crumble topping is golden brown in places and fruit is bubbling beneath, about 40 to 50 minutes.

8 comments:

  1. Shannan, you need a blog that has a scratch-n-sniff feature.

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  2. I love the smitten kitchen blog! I've made this and probably, realistically ate the whole thing by myself. Nate and Austin may have enjoyed a few bites. I love how the turbinado sugar makes the top crunchy! oh yeah.

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  3. Oh my that looks amazing - thank you for sharing it x

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  4. Oh you are making me sooo hungry! I wish we were neighbors. Maybe I could have a little then??

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  5. My sister made a strawberry pie this weekend and I was so divine and simple, I could have hit my head that I didn't realize it was that easy to make strawberry pie. did I tell you I made rhubarb sauce the other week. I heart rhubarb.

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  6. I looked at this recipe, but didn't try it. But now you've gone and inspired me...

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  7. What a very delicious recipe. I hope I have this in my kitchen. Thank you for sharing.

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