My rhubarb seems to just be exploding this year, which is probably due to all the rain we've been getting.
I am not complaining though! I love fresh Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Stewed Rhubarb over Custard, and my latest making; Rhubarb Berry Crumble! I've been trying to freeze as much as I can, so I can enjoy this lovely seasonal treat all year long.
Here is the easiest recipe for Rhubarb Berry Crumble. It's paired perfectly with some vanilla icecream, making it a lovely early summer dessert.
Rhubarb Berry Crumble
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the Fruit Filling:
In a medium saucepan, bring a pint of blackberries and raspberries, as well as about 5 cups of chopped and cleaned rhubarb, with 1 cup of sugar to a boil. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon, if desired, and continue stirring occasionally until everything is stewed nicely. About 20 minutes. If the mixture seems a bit runny, I mix 1 tsp. clear gel with about 1/8 cup of cold water and whisk in to thicken.
While stewing the fruit, hand mix the following ingredients for the Crumble in a large bowl:
2 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 sticks of butter, softened
Mix everything thoroughly with hands together, similarly to how you would cut in butter when making pastry. Crumble should stick together when compact, but break apart easily when dropped. Add a bit more flour or butter if the consistency is either too moist, or too dry.
Next, take an 8" x 11" pan and sprinkle half of the crumble mixture in the bottom. Pour fruit over layer, and add the remaining crumble to the top, one handful at a time to give it a nice crumbly look. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until nicely golden brown on top, and remove. Serve warm over vanilla icecream.
Stalks should be between 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" in thickness, firm, and a nice dark pink in colour. Harvesting season is between late spring through summer.
I've learned that when picking the rhubarb, it's important not to cut the stalks off with a knife, but rather grip them near the base, wiggle a bit and gently pull them from the main plant. They easily break off and apparently it's best for the plant.
The crumble looks so gorgeous when served up in vintage Hall custard dishes and pretty silver plated spoons.