Friday, June 08, 2007

Rhubarb-Strawberry Crumble

Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb. Fun to type, and even more fun to cook and eat. Who can resist the bright pink color and the tart taste? I've found it difficult to come by at the LA farmers' markets, so when I see it, I snap it up. Match it with the berries of your choice, cut it into coffee cake, or just stew it with a bit of sugar, some mint leaves, and pour over ice cream.

Rhubarb hails from China and was originally grown for medicinal purposes. In the 18th century, Brits and Americans began growing it for culinary purposes. It's the stalk you want, as the leaves are poisonous. For more rhubarb info than you can imagine, visit the Rhubarb Compendium.

This Rhubarb-Strawberry Crumble is as easy as they come--so easy, you don't really need a recipe. J did most of the prep work, I crafted the crumbly top. Take a pint of strawberries and about 5-6 stalks of rhubarb. Chop into bite sized pieces, distribute among four individual-sized, buttered ramekins. Mix a couple teaspoons of sugar in each ramekin. In a seperate bowl, mix together 1/2-3/4 cup oats, couple tablespoons of wheat flour, 1/2 c. brown sugar, couple teaspoons cinnamon and cut in 3-4 tablespoons butter until you have a crumbly mess. Strew crumb on top of each ramekin, bake in a 425 degree oven until bubbly, about 25 minutes. Serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

More rhubarb recipes:

My Rhubarb-Raspberry Grunt
My Rhubarb Schnapps
Strawberry-Rhubarb Sponge Pudding from Food Blogga
Rhubarb Jumble from What Geeks Eat
Rhubarb and Apple Crumble from A Cat in the Kitchen (and from her homegrown rhubarb)


Momsa said...

Yum :-)
You've had MANY mouthwatering treats lately!
Let's cook lots when you are home.

Strawberries and Rhubarb are heavenly here right now. Gram picked some berries and I am on my third cutting of 'barb.

Christina said...

Easy, delicious-sounding, and lovely. Thanks for the rhubarb post. I can't get enough of the stuff.

Carrie said...

Have you tried Dry's Rhubarb Soda? It tastes like apple I think--but I don't think Ruhbarb tastes anything like apple. Maybe it would be good with a shot of strawberry syrup.

Erin S. said...

Mom--Definitely lots of cooking when I come home. I hope there's some rhubarb left in August :)

Christina--yes, this was so easy, we had dessert on a weeknight--something unheard of in our household.

Carrie--No, I haven't--I will look for it though and give it a try.

Connie said...

oh! rhubarb is something i just never cook with myself. maybe i should give it a whirl with one of these easy guys

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