20 July 2007

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble



I got a batch of rhubarb from my parent's kind neighbour. I resisted the temptation of cooking it and eating it plain and I do love a crumble, so the decision was made.

As I have told you before, Graham hates rhubarb, well, he professes to! However, I had great success with the rhubarb goo, which I tricked him into eating, by adding strawberries. I thought the same tactic might work with crumble. I wasn't too mean, I told him what was in it this time!

It was a success, he loved it! Although he did approach it with caution, he is such a baby!

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble

Crumble:

200g/5oz plain flour, sieved pinch of salt
100g/2 1/2oz porridge oats
175g/6oz demerara sugar
200g/7oz unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
1 handful raisins
Knob of butter for greasing

Fruit Base:

450g/1 lb strawberries, halved
450g/1 lb rhubarb, cut into chunks
50g/5oz demerara sugar



Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Mix the flour, porridge oats and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub between your fingers until it is the texture of breadcrumbs. Stir in the raisins.

Place the fruit in another bowl and mix with the sugar.

Butter a large ovenproof dish. Pour in the fruit and top with the crumble mixture.

Bake for 40 mins until the crumble mixture is starting to brown and the fruit mixture is bubbling!


I mixed porridge oats into the basic crumble mix for a crunchier finish (a good tip from Graham's dad). I added the raisins on a whim, but didn't add enough of them.

When the crumble is cold, it turns into a moist fruit flapjack! I actually preferred it cold, it really brought out the flavour of the fruit and it didn't have to fight for dominance with ice cream or custard!

13 comments:

  1. That sounds perfect - I don't like rhubarb either so if Graham likes it, so will I.

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  2. Read somewhere else recently about strawberries and rhubarb. It does sound like a gorgeous pairing. Must try it out. :)

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  3. Um, yum!
    Will have to try when I can bear to turn the oven on again.

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  4. Hi Hellojed, Veer on the side of strawberries, until you get used to it!

    Hey Wendy, It just started out as a desperate attempt to disguise the rhubarb, but now I love it!

    Lisa, I have just put on socks and a cardi, as I am chilly! Shall we share our temperatures and even them out?

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  5. Oooh, I just came back from the farm stand with a strawberry-rhubarb pie! Must be something in the air today. Your crumble looks lovely; I will have to try it (after the pie is all gone.....).

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  6. Hi Lydia, Great minds think alike!

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  7. yum, that looks and sounds delicious - I am hoping I get to make this before winter is finished, despite strawberries being at winter prices!

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  8. The Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble looks amazing. I recently made a very similar one. It is one of my favorite deserts.

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  9. Here I am at breakfast lusting after your crumble.

    YUM Holler. YUM.

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  10. Hi Johanna, The strawberries are half price here just now! Which is good, but the last punnet I had were not so good, I mustn't have sniffed them before picking them up!
    Hi Kevin, It was good! By the way I loved your fernch toast with blueberries and cream cheese!
    Hey Lucy, I have to admit a guilty secret! I had some cold for breakfast!

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  11. I have never made crumbles and this looks delicious!

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  12. I've seen lots of strawberry and rhubarb recipes but haven't tried it yet....this delightful looking crumble may well be just the thing to tempt me!
    What's with all the rhubarb haters?????

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