Ruby Red Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

Ruby Red Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble, Kiku Corner 4

Ruby Red Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble, Kiku Corner 4

Rhubarb is a sour, pinkish green spring vegetable that cooks down into a delicious pink or red compote. It used to grow in our mother’s garden when we were kids, and we couldn’t resist taking a bite of the puckeringly sour stalks (just stay away from the leaves, which are poisonous). Once June rolls around, we get the best of both worlds: spring rhubarb and summer strawberries.

Strawberries and rhubarb make a swell pair. They are commonly found together in pies, but I find crumbles are much easier to make. You can also assemble this dish a day ahead and bake just before you want to serve it. It is wonderful hot from the oven and served with ice cream, or cold at a picnic! I bought some rhubarb and strawberries earlier this week, and threw this dessert together to end our father’s day dinner.

This recipes is easily made vegan: just use margarine instead of butter in the topping.

Ruby Red Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble, Kiku Corner

Ruby Red Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Serves: 8-10
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into bite-size chunks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
For the Crumble Topping:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup butter or margarine
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Mix the fruit, white sugar, and cornstarch in the dish. The cornstarch helps thicken the juices that start running from the fruit. You could add up to 2 Tbsp of cornstarch if you'd like the filling a bit thicker.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix all the crumble topping until it resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, until the topping is golden brown. Enjoy!
Variation
  1. You can change up this recipe quite easily: once the rhubarb season is over, take advantage of the other Ontario fruits, like cherries, peaches and apricots!

 

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2 Replies to “Ruby Red Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble”

  1. I’ve never baked anything using rhubarb before. This looks delicious and like it would be a great dessert to make for a family party. Can’t wait to try it out.

  2. I love rhubarb..I’m definitely making this!

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