Friday, June 19, 2015

strawberry rhubarb crumble.

I've been finding it hard to resist strawberries.  This berry situation has been particularly bountiful this year.  Or perhaps, after the longest winter ever, I'm just more attune to all the produce that is popping up around me.  I've been eating bowls of them for breakfast almost daily.  Drizzled with a bit of maple syrup they become positively addicting.  So addicting in fact that I've begun to hoard them with the intentions of freezing them.  Clearly I've already started planning for another tundra like winter except this one will be filled with strawberries - a fleeting memory of spring to be consumed in the depths of winter.

But I was willing to sacrifice some in the name of a crumble.  A strawberry rhubarb crumble to be exact.  You can go crazy for pies but I will continue to pledge allegiance to the crumble - the humble pie cousin.  I love a crumble for it's simplicity.  The fact that it doesn't require a crust but does beg for a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.  I like that it is open to interpretations and somehow, no matter what you do to it, always tastes good.  Because what is better then fruit baked down to a puddley mess of sweetness topped with sweetly spiced nubbins of deliciousness on a Sunday night? Nothing I tell you, nothing.  

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Recipe adapted from the NYTimes 

For the Fruit

4 cups of rhubarb diced into 1/2 inch pieces
4 cups of strawberries, halved and quartered if large
Juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar

For the Crumble

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup graham flour (can replace with all-purpose flour)
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To prepare filling, toss rhubarb and strawberries with lemon juice, ginger, and sugar. Set aside.

To make topping, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, spices and salt. Stir in butter and almonds. Coarse crumbs will form.

Pour filling into a 9-inch square or round pan (do not grease first). Using your fingers, form topping mixture into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch crumbs and spread over cake. Bake until filling bubbles and topping is light golden, about 55 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve.

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