Strawberry-rhubarb crunch — a classic springtime dessert

May 17th, 2014 | by Eat Drink Indy | Cook, Jolene’s Blog, News

I visited Harvestland Farm by Aspire this week and interviewed garden manager David Robb for my Eat Drink Indiana Radio program, a show about local food that airs every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. on 88.1 FM and other central Indiana stations. And while I was there, I couldn’t resist picking up a few items from the farm’s store — including this gorgeous rhubarb.

And since I happened to have some strawberries in the fridge, a strawberry-rhubarb crunch just had to happen. The combination of strawberries and rhubarb does make for a beautiful photo, but the finished product looks pretty darn good too.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe published in a 1950s Mennonite cookbook and was submitted by Indianapolis resident Kenda Friend for a heritage recipe contest I judged a few years ago at the Indiana State Fair.

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 Rhubarb Crunch

Serves 8

1 cup flour

3/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup melted butter

4 cups diced rhubarb (or a combination of rhubarb and strawberries)

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter in a bowl, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Press half of crumbs into a 9-inch baking pan. Add diced rhubarb. Combine 1 cup sugar with cornstarch, water and vanilla in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture simmers and is thick and clear. Pour over rhubarb. Top with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.

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