Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Strawberry-rhubarb Dessert Topping

It's the beginning of Strawberrypalloza at the Haggis and the Herring. Yesterday, we went strawberry picking at Whittamore Farms, and it was a bumper crop. We were placed at a remote end of the field where, apparently, nobody has ever picked strawberries before. We weren't even there for 30 minutes before we had a giant bucket full of beautiful strawberries!

With a trip to the farmer's market, we also picked up some rhubarb and other goodies before heading home. Meredith spent the rest of the day making three different strawberry-based recipes and prepping a fourth for the next day... and that didn't stop her from taking a few work-related calls in between. The first recipe, a dessert topping, turned out so very, very tasty. The original recipe called for far more sugar and red food coloring. Neither were necessary for these excellent results.

Strawberry-rhubarb Dessert Topping

  • 4 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 10 oz fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  1. In a large microwave-safe dish (e.g., Corning), combine the rhubarb, strawberries, water and tapioca and let stand for five minutes.
  2. Cover and microwave on high for six minutes. Stir and cook for an additional four minutes or until the rhubarb is soft.
  3. Stir in the sugar, recover and microwave for an additional two minutes.

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  1. I have always loved the Strawberry Rhubarb combination, but am not a fan of pie. This will be great on ice cream -- my perfect dessert and no crust.

  2. That photo of the strawberries makes me want them so badly! I love strawberry and rhubarb...together and separate!

  3. What a fabulous topping for pancakes or waffles too!

  4. Thanks for all the comments. My mom made something like this when I was young - I have always loved it. I mix this with yogurt sometimes for dessert. Nice sweet treat with very few calories.

  5. Ahh, no wonder you mentioned strawberries in season. Those look gorgeous, as does the topping. I adore the combination of strawberries and rhubarb. So, how many ended up in the little one's tummy before the picking was done? :)

  6. Funny you mentioned that. He'll pick them, but he won't eat them. Crazy, huh?

  7. I must make this, I love the combination of rhubarb and strawberries. Thanks.


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