|Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp
Every spring I have to make a rhubarb dish. Folks
from the US Northeast and Midwest understand as do folks
in the Middle East, most others have never eaten the stuff.
Rhubarb is a vegetable that looks like celery with a sunburn.
It's tart and it's non sweetness sets off sweet fruits and
rich fatty foods such as salmon and foie gras. Much
of what we find in the supermarket here is hothouse rhubarb,
which tends to be less tart than the outdoor spring grown
variety. Schneider tells
us that the more red the skin, the less tart the taste.
That's good information, since Rule Number One, regarding
rhubarb, is to not kill the tartness.
We had two dinners last week back-to-back, for four and for eight the
following evening. I decided to try something a little different
with rhubarb, having posted the Rhubarb Compote
and Apple-Rhubard Streusel last year. (Truth be told: I forgot
about last year's dish.) The new Gourmet
Cookbook had a Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble, so I made that. Not
good, for two reasons. It broke Rule Number One with the result that
the dessert tasted like strawberries with some 'mystery stuff' added.
It also called for too much butter in the oatmeal topping, so rich that
I rolled it out since it would not form a crumble.
Cooks may not be smart, but good ones are highly observant. So,
came the dawn, I ran out for more rhubarb and strawberries and proceeded
to make this dish a tart dessert. "Hey this tastes like rhubarb,
and there's strawberries in it, too!"
Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp
See abbreviations if needed
Yield: serves 8 to 10
rhubarb, ends trimmed, stalk sliced on the bias 1/4" thick
halved or quartered to bite sized
For the Topping:
3/4C light brown
butter, cubed and at ambient temperature
1.5C Quaker oats
1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. Place sliced rhubarb and strawberries in large SSB
3. Measure out the sugar and cornstarch and dry-mix them together
4. Add the lemon juice to the SSB and fold it in
5. Add the sugar/cornstarch mix and fold in thoroughly
6. Place all in a 12 X 8 inch baking dish and tap down gently
to remove gaps
For the topping:
7. Place the flour, brown sugar, oats and salt in another SSB
8. Add the butter cubes and work in by hand to form a crumbly
9. Crumble the topping over the filling evenly
10. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes
11. Remove the foil and bake until the filling is bubbling and
the topping is nicely browned, about 30 minutes more (see note)
12. Serve warm or at ambient temperature with a dollop
of sour cream laced with Grand Marnier
Note: If you think the whole thing might bubble over, place a
sheet pan under the baking dish.