Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

I'd always heard about strawberry rhubarb desserts but never had the opportunity to try one until last week. After my first bite I quickly became a fan of rhubarb and knew I wanted to re-create it at home. Fridays are always a great night to make desserts since lobster and I can relax and this was a no fuss dessert that came together fast. It came together fast and it was eaten very fast by moi b/c it was delicious! The taste reminded me very much of the flavors of a lemon tart. Sweet and tart all at the same time in one bite. I think this dessert is even better then a lemon tart because you get to eat it with ice cream. The cobbler is piping hot when it comes out of the oven and you take a bite along with the cold ice cream and it's just heavenly....num! My mouth is salivating just thinking about it. If you like sweet and tart desserts then I would definitely give this a try. It's also the perfect dessert to entertain with since you can make it before guests arrive and pop it in the oven right when you sit down to eat.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble
Adapted from here
Yields 6 to 8 servings.

For the topping:

1 1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons Demerara sugar (or turbinado sugar aka Sugar in the Raw)

Zest of one lemon

1/4 pound (1 stick or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted –

For the filling:

1 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1-inch pieces

1 quart (4 cups) strawberries plus a few extras, hulled, quartered

Juice of one lemon

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch of salt

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Prepare topping: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugars and lemon zest and add the melted butter. Mix until small and large clumps form. Refrigerate until needed.
2. Prepare filling: Toss rhubarb, strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. (I used an oval dish)
3. Remove topping from refrigerator and cover fruit thickly and evenly with topping. Place pie plate on a (foil-lined, if you really want to think ahead) baking sheet, and bake until crumble topping is golden brown in places and fruit is bubbling beneath, about 40 to 50 minutes.