Monday, June 8, 2009
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake
With some leftover strawberries and rhubarb, I began my quest to find another great recipe to use for these seasonal items, before they went bad and were gone for another season. I am avoiding making a pie, and I'm not really sure why (do you like my awesome rhyming?! haha!) so I decided to try this crumb cake instead. Mine really didn't come out that "pretty" but the taste made up for it! I loved that I didn't have to cook the strawberries and rhubarb on the stovetop first...one less pan to clean! This was a great recipe and one that I will surely make again.
Source: Sugar Plum
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
1 cup sliced strawberries
2/3 cup finely chopped rhubarb
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 1 (9-inch) round cake pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together 6 tablespoons butter and granulated sugar until creamy, about 1 minute; beat in yolks (and a drop of yellow food coloring, optional) and vanilla until combined. Gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with milk until combined, about 1-2 minutes. Spread cake batter evenly into prepared pan.
Top batter with strawberries and rhubarb. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the crumb topping: Combine brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and 5 tablespoons butter; knead together using fingertips or a fork until well combined and mixture starts to clump together. Keep in freezer until ready for use.
When cake has baked 20 minutes, top evenly with crumb mixture. Continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into cakes comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool for 30 minutes before running a knife around outside edges and inverting. Invert again onto platter.