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Rhubarb Grunt

In Food, Recipes on May 3, 2010 at 8:54 am

Right after I hit “publish” on this post, I will be heading over to Plummer Park Farmers Market in West Hollywood to grab some gorgeous stalks of rhubarb and a basket of Harry’s Berries to reprise my sister’s Rhubarb Grunt for dinner tonight for my inlaws. A grunt is much like a cobbler, topped with a scone like batter made with cake flour, sugar, salt and whipped cream. Rhubarb is in prime season right now, and I love the tartness of it—but if you want to add a little sweetness, my sister suggests chopping up a few ripe strawberries and tossing in with the rhubarb.

Rhubarb Grunt

Adapted from How to be a Domestic Goddess, by Nigella Lawson, who in turn adapted from a recipe by Marion Cunningham in The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook

for the filling:

1 1/2 lbs fresh rhubarb cut into 1-inch pieces

3/4 to 1 cup sugar, depending on preference (and sourness of fruit)

1 pint of ripe strawberries, halved and hulled (optional)

scant 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for greasing dish

for the topping:

1 cup cake flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream, whipped

Grease an 8 x 12-inch ovenproof dish. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put in a baking sheet to catch any bubbling/dripping from grunt.

Spread chopped rhubarb over the bottom of dish, sprinkle with sugar, coating evenly, and dot with butter. For topping, sift together flour, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl. Gently stir in whipped cream, making a sticky dough. Spread mixture over fruit in handfuls, covering the top evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, or until fruit is bubbling—it’s easiest to judge this if you’re using a Pyrex dish—and the top is golden.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.

  1. Excellent! I was looking for a good rhubarb desert besides the standard cobbler.

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