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.

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