Pies, Cobblers, and Crisps

Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart with Brown Sugar Shortcrust 1

Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart with Brown Sugar Shortcrust

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The other day I mentioned on twitter that I have never had rhubarb. The responses were fast and plentiful, and most fell into a rage from disbelief to pity. I never realized it was so popular – I don’t even think I knew it existed until a few years ago! I decided that since everyone seemed to love it so much, I should take the plunge and give it a try. I went with the traditional combination of rhubarb with strawberries, but I didn’t want to commit to a whole pie. So I made a tart. A tart with a brown sugar shortbread crust.

Ok, fine. Maybe I just didn’t feel like dealing with pie crust. But the shortbread crust was perfect. Strawberries and shortbread. Strawberries and brown sugar. How could you go wrong? Especially when you start out with strawberries that look like these:

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I mean, strawberries have been awesome this year as it is, but take a look at those beauties! They were every bit as juicy and sweet as they look. Which is good, since I paired them with rhubarb. Which, in case you’re like me and have never had it before, is extremely tart. Especially when it’s raw. I don’t recommend doing what I did and taking a nibble to test it out.

Despite the tartness of that nibble, I could tell that this was going to be a thing of beauty so I forged ahead. Let the berries and rhubarb macerate in sugar to release the juices. Scooped it into the partially bakes cookie crust. Baked it until the filling became luscious and jammy, almost like a grown up version of a linzer tarte. Where has this been all my life?

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Cherry Grunt (AKA Cherries with Dumplings)

Before I get to the good stuff, can you do me a favor? Pretty please? I was chosen as a semi-finalist in a recipe contest and I’d really appreciate your vote! There’s $2,500 cash and a bunch of other prizes on the line, so its kind of big deal. I made the cannolis, and you can vote for them HERE. Thanks!

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In the summer, I love desserts that incorporate fresh fruit. I especially love desserts that don’t require having the oven on for long periods of time. Grunts are a simple dessert that don’t require the oven at all – the fruit and biscuits cook in a pot right on the stove top. If you have a grill with a side burner, you could even cook this outside! [….]