Strawberry rhubarb crumble (not rhubarb strawberry)


Strawberry rhubarb is always said in that order. Strawberry. Rhubarb. Never rhubarb strawberry. Goodness knows why, but I think we can all agree it just doesn't sound right the other way. It's not the only food pair that has a set order. Pepper and salt? Nope, it's like my ears are allergic to that. I need an extra second to compute. When food pairs are said in the right order there's no confusion. I don't take sugar and milk in my tea, but I do take milk and sugar, even if I don't necessarily add them in that order (cuz I don't). Here are some other food pairs I can think of that just don't sound right when said in the reverse order: 

  • Chips and fish
  • Butter and bread
  • Jelly and peanut butter
  • Potatoes and meat

Can you think of any others? The order of food pairs was on my mind as I made this strawberry rhubarb crumble with spring's first harvest of rhubarb from my kitchen garden. Those tart stalks are chopped and, combined with chopped strawberries, tossed with sugar right in the baking dish. A simple crumble is sprinkled over top before going into the oven to bake until golden and bubbly. There's absolutely no confusion here, just a simple and scrumptious dessert. Strawberry. Rhubarb.


Here's how I made it:
makes 4-6 servings

1 1/2 lbs rhubarb stalks, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks (about 5 1/2 cups)
1/2 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 1/4 cups oats (either rolled or quick-cooking)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

While my oven preheated to 375 degrees (F), I added the chunks of strawberries and rhubarb to my 9 x 9 baking dish. The sugar and flour were mixed in a small dish then tossed with the strawberries and rhubarb right in the baking dish to evenly coat. In a large mixing bowl, I combined the butter, oats, brown sugar and salt and blended with a hand pastry blender until evenly crumbly (a fork and a strong arm would work just as nicely). The crumble was sprinkled evenly over the strawberry rhubarb mixture, then the dish was popped in the oven for 45-50 minutes until the filling was bubbling and the crumble topping was golden.

Can you think of any other food pairs that are always said in the same order?

14 comments:

  1. gabriola dwellerMay 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    My 13 yr old boy commented Saturday that he wanted a plum crisp so guess what he made. Plum Rhubarb crisp. Pink and yummy. We had visitors and went for a walk between dinner and dessert but when we got to the other end of the island I remembered that I'd left the crisp in the oven. Had to crash a friend's birthday to use their phone and get a neighbour to go and turn off the oven and save the crisp. I guess we owe her one too! Yep not rhubarb plum. or dip and chips. hmm. enjoy the lovely sun.

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    1. Ha! I love the story. Good thing for good neighbours. Dip and chips is a good one.

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  2. Lemon - Poppy Seed; Cranberry - Orange; Spaghetti & Meatballs; Oh Lord! I'll be up all night now! And lady, your crisp looks divine. As always.

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    1. Thanks, Renee. Those are good ones! Seriously, you could spend all night coming up with these :)

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  3. That looks *so* delicious! I can only think of things like "dip and veggies" or "salsa and chips" but those are obvious because you're primarily eating the veggies or chips!

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    1. Maybe YOU primarily eat the veggies... ;)

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  4. Carrots and Peas, Cream and Peaches, my ears are allergic to those ones. This crisp looks so good and your rhubarb is such a beautiful colour! I have rhubarb in my fridge right now, I'm going to make this recipe immediately.

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    1. Yeah, cream and peaches - just not right! You have a super cute blog, Catherine! I like it a lot.

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  5. Bacon and eggs, macaroni and cheese, cake and ice cream, cheese and crackers, milk and cookies, pork and beans, sour cream and onion, liver and onions, pancakes and syrup... Love the crumble!

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    1. You've put a lot of thought into this! Good ones :)

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    1. Totally. It doesn't even sound as yummy in that order.

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  7. Can I replace the sugar with honey in this recipe ?

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    1. You certainly could in the filling. But I'm not so sure the crumble topping would turn out quite the same if you used honey instead of brown sugar. Let me know how it goes if you try substituting. I love hearing about what other people do with my recipes!

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