Monday, May 18, 2009
Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Martha Stewart Living Annual Recipes 2003
1 ¼ cups chilled unsalted butter (2 ½ sticks) plus more, softened, for pan
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons) I used the juice of 1 large lemon
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 ¾ cups sugar
1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 ½ pounds rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a 9x12x3-inch baking pan with butter, and set aside. Make fruit sauce: Combine lemon juice, cornstarch, and 1 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. Add strawberries and rhubarb; cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat, until rhubarb is soft and liquid has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl; let cool.
2. Make crumb topping: Combine ¾ cup sugar and ¾ cup flour in a medium bowl. Melt ¼ cup butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Drizzle butter over flour mixture; using your hands, mix until crumbly. Set aside.
3. Make cake batter: Whisk together remaining 3 cups flour and 1 cups sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry knife or two forks (I used the food processor), cut remaining 1 cup butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. In a separate small bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Pour into flour mixture; stir to combine.
4. Spread half the cake batter evenly into the prepared pan. Top with half the fruit sauce. Carefully spread the remaining batter over the fruit, and top with the remaining fruit sauce. Sprinkle with the crumb topping.
5. Bake until cake is golden brown, about 1 hour. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into squares.
The rhubarb caught my eye again this week. It was only $1.25 so hard to pass up. I didn't quite have 1 1/2 pounds but I added a few extra strawberries. I think I prefer the rhubarb combined with strawberries rather than on it's own. I thought this recipe was better than the other rhubarb recipe that I tried. This recipe was more time consuming but not difficult.
The fruit sauce would be great just over ice cream too.
I've got plenty to post about this week but I'm getting ready for a yard sale on Saturday so I may fall behind here. Where did all this junk come from? I had the basement practically cleaned out a few years ago but it all piled up again.
Question of the Day: Is your house clutter-free?