Monday, May 23, 2011

Make these today!

Happy Monday everyone!  I had another recipe planned for today but after making this sweet treat last night I had to immediately post it.  While browsing blogs a few days ago, I stumbled upon a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars over at Baking Me.  Just as Anne had stated, the minute I saw these bars, I had to make them.  I had all the ingredients, including deliciously sweet strawberries from the famer's market, so I was ready to bake.  These bars pack a triple punch - dense vanilla cake followed with a sweet, tart combination of strawberry and rhubarb, and topped by a crisp, buttery brown sugar crumble.

These bars would be perfect topped with a dollop of whipped cream for dessert or enjoyed with a cup of coffee for a sweet breakfast.  I sent them to work with Greg and he texted me to say they were a hit.  But don't worry, I saved a piece for myself.  Quality control, right? 

This is one of the best desserts I've had in awhile, and that says a lot considering how often I bake!  Here is the recipe.  Bake today and report back to me the feeding frenzy that ensues.
 
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars
from Baking Me via White on Rice Couple and Martha Stewart    

Streusel
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour

Whisk together brown sugar and salt, then stir in the melted butter. Add the flour and mix with a fork until large crumbs form. Refrigerate streusel mixture until needed.

Strawberry Rhubarb Mixture
1/2 pound Strawberries
1/2 pound Rhubarb
1 1/2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour

Hull strawberries then slice into 1/4 inch pieces, place sliced strawberries into a medium sized bowl. Slice rhubarb into 1/2 inch pieces then place them in the bowl with the strawberries. Whisk together the flour and brown sugar then add to the strawberries and rhubarb. Mix well with a wooden spoon until strawberries and rhubarb are coated with flour mixture. Set aside until ready to use.

Cake
1 cup All-Purpose Flour, plus more for pan
3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
3/4 cup Unsalted Butter, Softened, plus more for pan
1 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar, plus more for dusting
2 Eggs
3/4 teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 inch square pan, (I used a glass pan that was about 11x7 and my cooking time was significantly longer) line with parchment paper, leaving a 2 inch overhang on each side, then butter and flour the parchment. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla and beat to incorporate. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping the sides and bottom as needed. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.

Assembly
Pour batter into prepared pan and spread around evenly.
Distribute strawberry and rhubarb mixture evenly over the top of the batter.
 
Top with streusel.
 
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
Allow cake to cool in pan. Once cooled, remove cake from pan using the parchment sides. Slice into squares and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipping cream, or just plain.

Makes 16 squares
 
 Sweet,
 Tart,

 Crunchy,
Delicious!

What is your favorite "breakfast" sweet?  Please feel free to share your recipes in the comments.  Hope you all have a great week!

10 comments:

  1. I should have sent these to work with my husband too but I kept them all to myself, which was probably not a good idea since I think I ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner over the course of a few days. Needless to say these are addicting :)

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  3. I love rhubarb! This looks amazing. I am totally going to have to try it while it is still in season! yum!

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  4. I've always wondered how strawberries and rhubarb got paired together because they aren't ripe around the same times. But today I tore out a strawberry rhubarb pie recipe from my Martha Stewart magazine to try out soon.

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  5. This looks really good- and the assembly is something I think I could even handle :) thanks for the yummy seasonal recipe!

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  6. These crumb bars look incredible. Rhubarb puts this over the top!

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  7. @Anne, ha my hubby was a sweetie and saved one more piece for me to eat last night;)
    @Jen, let me know if you try it!
    @Vanessa, love strawb/rhubarb pie!!!
    @Meri, yes it's not too complicated, and it's worth the effort when you take the first bite!:)
    @Maris, thank you! I know you can't beat the strawberry/rhubarb combo!

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  8. I made these last week and they were fantastic. Your rhubarb layer is so much more pronounced. They look fantastic.

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  9. yum! been wanting to make something with rhubarb...where'd you find it?

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  10. Hi Natalie, I must admit I used frozen. The only ones I could find at the market were green and limp so I figured frozen was my next best bet! Let me know if you try them!:)

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