I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here yet, but I get a biweekly CSA box delivered to my home. CSA boxes definitely aren’t for everyone (I used to waste a shameful amount of produce when I was younger and received one) but they are great for my cooking now. I end up with produce I never would have bought otherwise.
Rhubarb is in that category, but I’m really not sure why. I like rhubarb, I grew up eating wonderful strawberry rhubarb pies that my mother and grandmother made. My sister is crazy for the stuff. It definitely has a presence in my life -- but not on my shopping list. I have never, ever gone out of my way to buy rhubarb. I’ve just ended up with it, either as a gift or in my CSA box. And thank goodness for that!
Rhubarb is a very tart fruit, and so it is often paired with sweeter fruits like strawberries. In this crumble I’ve done that, but I flipped around the ratios to have more rhubarb than strawberry. I’m not being a maverick baker -- I just have more rhubarb than I do strawberries in my CSA box.
This isn’t a strawberry rhubarb crumble -- this is a Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble. And don’t you forget it.
Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
¾ cup white flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
⅓ cup dry oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Zest from 1 lemon (for goodness sakes, zest the lemon before juicing it -- don’t be like me!)
7 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Pinch of salt
2 cups sliced rhubarb
1 pint strawberries, halved or quartered
Juice from ½ lemon
½ cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix together all of your topping ingredients until different sized clumps form. Set aside.
Toss all of the filling ingredients together directly in a 9 inch deep dish pie pan or 8x8 square dish. Cover the fruit mixture evenly with the topping. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place the baking dish on it (the lining is in case the fruit bubbles over). Put it all in the oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown and you can see the fruit bubbling.