Fruit baked under a topping is delicious and so is fruit baked in the topping. Easier too. Just mix the works together into one tasty jumble. Half fruit, half crumble, all easy. Locally delicious too, especially during the seasonal sweet spot when your local strawberries line up with longer-season fresh rhubarb. Make the most of this classic good cop/bad cop duo contrasting sweet and tart personalities!
You can create this dessert with any of the season's berries. Unless you have strawberries fresh from your backyard or the local farmer’s market though, use frozen strawberries for the best flavour. Fresh from away is a waste of time. Just saying.
Yield: 6-8 people with leftovers
2 cups (500 mL) of quick oats
2 cups (500 mL) of brown sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) of all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon (15 mL) of cinnamon
1/2 cup (4 oz) of melted butter
1 tablespoon (15 mL) of vanilla extract
1 standard size bag (21 oz/600 g) of sliced frozen strawberries
14 – 16 stalks (40 oz/1.1 kg) of rhubarb, cut into 1” chunks
Prepare and preheat your oven to 350 °F. Turn on your convection fan if you have one.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. The flour will help thicken the juices released by the fruits. Stir the vanilla into the butter and stir into the oats. Thoroughly mix everything together. Add the berries and rhubarb and toss thoroughly. Place in a standard 9” x 13” baking dish.
Bake until bubbly around the edges and lightly golden on top, about 1 hour. Cool on a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes. Serve and share!
© Chef Michael Smith
Spice up your snack life with this seedy, snappy brittle. Once you master the art and craft of making a homemade brittle, the possibilities are endless. Substitute other spices, stir in your favourite nuts or seeds, you can even you chopped up pretzels or cookies!
Making caramel is easy, but it does benefit from keeping a close eye. The sugar syrup might not look like it's doing much for a while but as soon as it starts changing colour, stay close to the stove. It can go from light yellow, to dark brown, to a smoking black mess in a matter of moments. It's also extremely hot, so exercise caution and keep it away from young fingers until it has completely cooled.