:: Rhubarb "Big" Crumb Cake ::

:: I have a garden of rhubarb, this is my second year of yielding crop from my very own garden. I'm the proud Mama to two little boys and a crop of rhubarb ::

:: My MIL told me to pull my first crop of rhubarb early so that my garden is more fruitful, so I obeyed and pulled a lovely handful of fresh rhubarb ::

:: A few days prior to pulling this years first crop I was reading PW Cooks {If you don't make this a weekly read you should!} & she had a visitor to her ranch, Smitten Kitchen - in which she shared this recipe. Now if you know PW - you know that she don't make nothing that don't taste real good! So since I had such a fabulous crop, I thought why not give it a try ::

:: The cake was declared by my very own food critic aka: Handsome Paul "the best crumb cake ever, it's amazing" - less than 14 hours out of the oven and this cake was devoured ::

:: So here is the recipe directly from Smitten Kitchen's blog - try your hand at it, I'm sure you won't be let down! ::

‘Big Crumb’ Coffeecake with Rhubarb
Adapted from The New York Times 6/6/07

Not rhubarb season? Don’t fret. I think this cake would be amazing with a blueberry, raspberry, sour cherry or any other tangy fruit filling you can think of. Simply adjust the sugar level accordingly–most of these will need far less than rhubarb does to make them palatable.

Time: 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling

Butter for greasing pan

For the rhubarb filling:
1/2 pound rhubarb, trimmed
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

For the crumbs:
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter
1 3/4 cups cake flour (I was out and used all-purpose and it worked great)

For the cake:
1/3 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup cake flour (ditto on the all-purpose flour–worked just fine)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons softened butter, cut into 8 pieces.

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8-inch-square baking pan. For filling, slice rhubarb 1/2 inch thick and toss with sugar, cornstarch and ginger. Set aside.

2. To make crumbs, in a large bowl, whisk together sugars, spices, salt and butter until smooth. Stir in flour with a spatula. It will look like a solid dough.

3. To prepare cake, in a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add butter and a spoonful of sour cream mixture and mix on medium speed until flour is moistened. Increase speed and beat for 30 seconds. Add remaining sour cream mixture in two batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition, and scraping down the sides of bowl with a spatula. Scoop out about 1/2 cup batter and set aside.

4. Scrape remaining batter into prepared pan. Spoon rhubarb over batter. Dollop set-aside batter over rhubarb; it does not have to be even.

5. Using your fingers, break topping mixture into big crumbs, about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in size. They do not have to be uniform, but make sure most are around that size. Sprinkle over cake. Bake cake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean of batter (it might be moist from rhubarb), 45 to 55 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.


Keri's Collage... said...

This cake looks really good, but I have to admit that I have NEVER eaten rhubarb before!

sugarcube said...

My cake looks way different? Maybe too many crumbs...I will let you know how it tastes though! Janean

Shawna said...

Keri - that is a mortal sin, must invest in some Rhubarb THIS year, it's a good good good fruit!

Janean, hmmm, maybe different sized pan? Maybe your crumbs were TOO big, good heavens could there be such a thing!?!?!

sugarcube said...

Looked different - tasted FABULOUS. All four Bennetts give it a big thumbs up. Thanks for this one...it is a new family favourite! Janean

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