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Rhubarb and Strawberry Brown Butter Crumble Cake

Strawberry and Rhubarb at 1840 FarmEarlier this week, the June issue of From Scratch Magazine was published.  The issue is filled with great seasonal content including three of my favorite strawberry recipes. In its pages, you’ll find my recipe for Strawberry Jam, Oat Scones with Fresh Strawberries, and Rhubarb and Strawberry Brown Butter Crumble Cake.  We have been enjoying the crumble cake all spring as our rhubarb is harvested fresh from the garden.  You’ll find the recipe for the crumble below so that you can bake it for your friends and family.

The other two recipes in my article are equally delicious.  I was inspired to add fresh strawberries to my family’s favorite scone recipe after reading Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners by Jennifer Katzinger. The results were fantastic. In fact, these scones were such a hit that they have become our favorite scone recipe.  I can’t wait to try a few of the delicious looking recipes from this cookbook.June Giveaway at 1840 Farm

When making my family’s favorite Rhubarb and Strawberry Brown Butter Crumble, I used my favorite brand of cinnamon, Flavor of the Earth Ceylon Cinnamon.  Unlike most of the cinnamon I find in the grocery store, this cinnamon powder is freshly ground from 100% real cinnamon bark. Flavor the Earth Ceylon Cinnamon has an amazing flavor and is a great source of Manganese, Fiber, Calcium and Iron.

I don’t want you to simply take my word for it that this cookbook and cinnamon are fantastic.  Thanks to the book’s publisher, Sasquatch Books, you can win a copy of this beautiful cookbook and find inspiration to add whole grains and natural sweeteners to your family’s favorite recipes.  Flavor of the Earth has also generously added a one pound bag of their Ceylon Cinnamon Powder to our giveaway.  I wanted to join in the fun, so I added one of our 1840 Farm Vanilla Extract Kits.  The winner of this giveaway will be ready to bake something amazing using this prize package!

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Brown Butter Crumble CakeRhubarb Strawberry Brown Butter Crumble Cake at 1840 Farm
makes 6-8 servings

This cake is the perfect way to enjoy the amazing flavor of fresh rhubarb and strawberries all year long. Long after the season has ended, I can prepare delicious recipes that highlight the delicious flavor of rhubarb and strawberries.

Rhubarb freezes incredibly well, so I stock the freezer with plenty of rhubarb to last all winter long in our favorite baking recipes. Each year, I harvest ripe stalks of rhubarb before washing and slicing into ½ inch pieces. I place them in a single layer on a small sheet pan in the freezer and leave them to freeze overnight. Once they are frozen solid, I transfer them to a freezer bag for long term storage.

While rhubarb freezes well, I prefer to utilize our homemade strawberry jam rather than freeze the strawberries. By using jam, I can control the amount of liquid in the recipe and create a fruit filling that has a beautiful appearance and consistency. When combined with the rhubarb, brown butter, and oats, the results are delicious.

1 ½ cups (6 ounces) rhubarb, cut into ½ inch slices
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) butter
¼ cup (48 grams) granulated sugar
¼ cup (48 grams) brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ cup (2 ounces) strawberry jam
1 ½ cups (180 grams) All-purpose flour
1 cup (80 grams) old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup (120 grams) brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons (6 ounces) butter, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly butter an 8 inch springform pan.  Set aside.

Wash and trim the rhubarb stalks. Slice each stalk into ½ inch pieces and place them in a medium bowl. Add the cornstarch and toss gently to coat the rhubarb.

Make the brown butter. In a small skillet, melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat. After the butter melts, you will notice that the milk solids will begin to separate.  Continue to cook, stirring occasionally to allow those solids to brown slightly.  You will notice a slight change in color and aroma.  Brown butter has a slightly nutty aroma which will signal that the solids have caramelized and that the brown butter has finished cooking. Remove the skillet from the heat.

Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and strawberry jam to the warm skillet. Stir gently to fully combine the ingredients before adding them to the bowl with the rhubarb. Stir to coat the rhubarb with the brown butter mixture. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Pulse to combine. With the machine running, add the butter gradually. Add the vanilla extract and process until the mixture comes together and forms large clumps.

Transfer two thirds of the crumble mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Press the mixture lightly to form a crust that completely covers the bottom the pan.  Stir the rhubarb strawberry mixture and pour over the crust, spreading to cover evenly.  Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture evenly on top of the fruit filling.

Transfer the pan to the oven and bake the crumble in the preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes until the topping has browned lightly and the fruit filling has thickened.  Remove from the oven to cool. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.


June 2014 From Scratch MagazineThis recipe appeared in the June 2014 issue of From Scratch Magazine.

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  1. Diane

    Zucchini bread is my favorite to make with cinnamon!

  2. Rachel

    -Leaving a blog post that I just subscribed via From Scratch Magazine…???

    Why doesn’t subscribing count anymore?

    Looks like you have a great site…look forward to checking it out.

    1. Jennifer Burcke

      Rachel, In order to protect the privacy of subscribers, I don’t have access to their subscriber list, I don’t have any way to verify that a reader is a From Scratch subscriber. Otherwise, I’d love to grant you an extra entry!

  3. Rachel

    Favorite dish with cinnamon: fermented Irish oatmeal for breakfast.

  4. Phoebe Brown

    Perfect recipe using seasonally available ingredients. My favorite recipe with cinnamon is my aunt Ann’s chocolate sheet cake. The cinnamon is a surprise to my tastes, and it really isnt spicy.

  5. Deb Berning

    Would love to win. Great prizes.

  6. Amber

    Apple Pie!!

  7. Tina Allen

    Pumpkin pie, but anything with it is yummy:)

  8. Peggy Ann Mills

    Cinnamon is wonderful in many things, specially oatmeal or with brown sugar on sweet potatoes. But the best thing I like to do with cinnamon is mix it with lemon and honey and use it as a tonic for colds and coughs.

  9. Kristen

    Ghoribas (cookies)

  10. Kym

    My favorite use of cinnamon is not really a “dish” but my husband, son & myself all drink cinnamon & honey hot water daily. We all love cinnamon. I use it in oatmeal, crumb cake, sticky buns, oh, I am getting hungry!

  11. emily

    Cinnamon rolls of course. That and I always throw some in my cranberry muffins!

  12. Heidi K

    I love cinnamon (and vanilla) in french toast.

  13. Jolie

    Carrot Cake!

  14. vicki woyak

    my homemade apple pie! I even sprinkle a bit extra cinnamon on top. But, I love a little cinnamon in my coffee, sprinkled in my oatmeal and I have to try the rhubarb crumble cake!!!

  15. KatherineD

    Wonderful ideas for use of rhubarb. Thanks.

  16. Laura P

    My favorite recipe that uses cinnamon is Rhubarb Kuchen. My sweet mama’s recipe :)

    1. Jennifer Burcke

      Rhubarb Kuchen? That sounds delicious! My grandmother made kuchen and I can only imagine how delicious it would be with rhubarb.

  17. Susan A

    One of my favorite recipes that uses cinnamon is Pumpkin choc. chip bread.

  18. SharonF

    My favorite recipe using cinnamon is sour cream coffee cake with cinnamon streusel.

  19. Debbie Pennington

    Monkey bread with my grand kiddies !

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