Friday, October 28, 2011

Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp

Here's a uniquely Canadian recipe perfected in the Prairies of Manitoba and served to generations of Mennonite youth. Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp is perfect for using up batches of our provincial fruit, the Rhubarb as well as those strawberries that you have gathered on U-Pick destinations. Apples may also be used in season, when peeled, cored and finely sliced. I almost prefer the apple-rhubarb combination.

Recipe courtesy of a vintage Robin Hood Flour Cookbook.

Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp
3/4 cup (175 mL) Robin Hood® Oats (or other large rolled whole oats)
1/3 cup (75 mL) Robin Hood All Purpose Flour (or equivalent)
1/3 cup (75 mL) brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter

2 1/2 cups (625 mL) rhubarb, diced
2 1/2 cups (625 mL) strawberries, halved
3/4 cup (175 mL) sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
1/2 - 1 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon


1. COMBINE oats, flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture is crumbly.
2. COMBINE all ingredients for the fruit mixture.
3. TURN into greased 1 1/2 qt (1.5 L) casserole.
4. SPRINKLE crisp topping evenly over fruit.
5. BAKE at 375°F (190°C) for 35-40 minutes, or until fruit is tender. Serve warm or cold with plain or whipped cream or ice cream. 

I like mine best just drizzled with heavy cream or half-and-half while still warm. Please note that this is also an excellent recipe for APPLE CRISP, or APPLE BROWN BETTY, WHEN PREPARED WITH THINLY SLICED APPLES AND RAISINS.

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