We all love apples, (of course we do!) especially from our favorite local orchards. By mid-spring, though, we crave something bright and tangy and if we’re lucky: color! Rhubarb is a welcome entree to warmer months ahead, and is versatile enough to suit any context: savory, sweet, hearty breakfast or elegant dessert.

The following recipe falls in the official not-too-sweet sweet treat category and can be eaten any time of day, dressed up or down.

Recipe

yields one 8-9″ square or springform cake pan or 2 loaf pans

  • 1# rhubarb, washed, ends trimmed, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 25g/2T organic cane sugar
  • 60g/3T Keepwell Vinegar apple vinegar (or similar; sub lemon juice)

Mix together and macerate fruit while making the dough:

Sift dry ingredients and transfer to either the base of a food processor or a shallow, wide mixing bowl.

  • 250g or 1c butter, cold
  • 60g or 3T milk
  • 100g or 2 eggs

Slice the cold butter and scatter into the dry mix. Pulse in food processor or pinch with fingers until you achieve a crumbly, streusel-like consistency. Whisk the milk & eggs and fold into the crumb mixture, careful not to over-mix. Aim to hydrate most of the mixture. Press 1/2 of the dough into your pan(s).

Strain the rhubarb (save the juices to combine with equal parts soda water for a refreshing vinegar soda) and spread evenly over the dough. Spoon the remaining dough evenly over the fruit and dust with additional sugar. Bake for about 45-50 minutes at 325F. Cool slightly before removing from the pan.