Edible Landscaping - Rhubarb Strudel

By Charlie Nardozzi

One of my favorite ways to serve rhubarb is this strudel, made with chopped fresh rhubarb folded into a batter and topped with oats.

Ingredients

Strudel:

1 1/4cups milk
1tablespoon cider vinegar
2 1/4cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1teaspoon baking soda
1/2teaspoon salt
8tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4cups packed dark brown sugar
1large egg
3cups rhubarb sliced 1/2 inch thick

Topping:

1/3cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1/2cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter and flour a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, tapping out the excess flour.

Combine milk and vinegar and let stand until the milk curdles, about 5 minutes. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt to combine.

In a medium-sized bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and mix throroughly.

In three additions beginning with the flour mixture, stir in alternating portions of flour and curdled milk, mixing with a spoon just until smooth. You can use the mixer on low speed but do not over-mix. Fold in the rhubarb. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan. Make the topping by mixing the brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon in a small bowl until blended. Sprinkle evenly over the batter.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. For the real rhubarb lover, serve with a dollop of rhubarb jam on the side.

Recipe by Ellen Ecker Ogden from her book From the Cook's Garden (HarperCollins, 2003). Ellen is a garden writer and cookbook author based in Vermont.

About Charlie Nardozzi
Thumb of 2020-06-04/Trish/0723fdCharlie Nardozzi is an award winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 30 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. He's the author of 6 books, has three radio shows in New England and a TV show. He leads Garden Tours around the world and consults with organizations and companies about gardening programs. See more about him at Gardening With Charlie.

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