Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

This weekend, I picked (yes! myself!) the most incredible strawberries ever on the farm tour (I'll try to post the pictures tomorrow!) from my new favorite biodynamic farm, home also to the most incredible asparagus of all time. I looked to my favorite food blog for inspiration: strawberry rhubarb crumble, of course. The rhubarb came from Wellspring (also known as Whole Foods to those of you who have moved to Chapel Hill only in the last twelve years or so) but a produce employee told me it was shipped in from who knows where just this morning.

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 (I used brown sugar)
Zest of one lemon
1 stick 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
1/2 cup flour
Pinch of salt

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. 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, flour and pinch of salt in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.

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.

Oh yes. This is very, very good.

Hilary and I made the topping and filling at my house this afternoon after my last day at my field placement (I'm now unofficially a master of social work!) and put it all together tonight at Erica's house for American Idol. I'm only slightly interested in the show, but love to be around my friends who do care about it, so I like to bring a food project with me to Idol-watching events to keep myself entertained.

The friends were very pleased with these results. Tart and fruity and definitely dessert, this is some pretty incredible stuff.


  1. Oh. wow. You know we have the same favorite foodie blog, but somehow you brought this recipe home to me in a way that even Deb didn't quite pull off. Oh yum.

  2. gurl. it was incredible. but you were there, you would know. i am even willing to say more amazing than american idol.