Sunday, May 17, 2015

This week I made my annual road trip to the Stratford Festival with a few of my girlfriends. On the way there, we noticed a church hosting a "Baking and Plant Sale" in nearby Shakespeare (yes, that's the actual name of the town). As we drove by, I saw big bunches of rhubarb for sale on a table in the parking lot. We talked about pulling over to buy some, but realized that leaving the rhubarb in a warm car for the day wouldn't do it any favours. So we decided to wait and see if there was any still for sale when we drove home.

After strolling the streets of Stratford, having lunch, and seeing The Physicists, we drove back through Shakespeare. The table had moved inside the church. While there were still plants and baking available, the rhubarb was all gone. Seeing my disappointed face, the woman behind the table said, "We've got loads at home! I can get you some more."

I laughed and said it was all right, but she told me she lived only a block away. And before I knew it, she had her husband on the cell phone, asking him to cut some rhubarb and bring it to the church. "I could have asked him to bring what we cut yesterday," she said, "but that wouldn't have been as fresh."

And so it was that ten minutes later, her husband approached the church with a heavy plastic bag in his hand.  She asked me for $2, possibly the least expensive personal delivery of produce since William Shakespeare picked up his first fountain pen. (I convinced her to accept a little extra.)

That's why I'm posting this delicious rhubarb crisp recipe today. I've put the rhubarb I didn't use in the freezer, and I'll enjoy this dessert again sometime when it's out of season.

Rhubarb Apple Crisp


3 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2” pieces
3 cups cored, peeled and sliced Golden Delicious apples, 2 – 3 large
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour


1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp grated orange rind
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 cup finely-chopped (not ground) walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 2-quart baking dish and set to the side.

Measure the rhubarb, apples, orange extract, sugar, and flour into a medium bowl. Toss until combined and pour in the baking dish.

Place the brown sugar and orange rind in a separate bowl and combine until the sugar is scented with the orange rind. Add flour, oats, walnuts and spices, and stir to combine. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the fruit mixture and press down gently.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, until the fruit filling is bubbly.


Angie's Recipes said...

How sweet of her! Your rhubarb crisp looks very delicious, Beth.

Julie said...

Beautiful rhubarb, how nice of her to get it for you! And best of all $2.00???? At the farmers market here, they get 3.00 for about 4 stalks or so it seems. We have a good friend, who in exchange for a pie, brings me a bunch. I just made him a rhubarb pie today. I froze the rest for jam, I think! Have a great week!!!

Valerie Gamine said...

I want to live in a town called Shakespeare and dine on rhubarb (apple) crisp all year 'round! :-) This looks scrumptious.

Gloria Baker said...

What lovely look this Beth!
We donr have so much rhubarb here!
Only in the south of Chile!

The Glamorous Gourmet said...

I ADORE rhubarb and how lovely of that woman & her husband to get some for you. Love hearing stories like that and the recipe looks deelicious - thanks for sharing ~ Cheers:)

We Are Not Martha said...

What a delicious crsip and nice little story :)


Marcela said...

hhh... I'm sold again! I love this crisp.... How sweet of her <3

Natalie Aguirre said...

What a fun story of how you got the rhubarb. I'm not sure I've ever eaten it. Maybe it's time to try it.

Joanne said...

I'm so jealous of your fresh rhubarb!! The kind we've been getting goes bad SO quickly...you have to use it or lose it! This crisp sounds lovely..perfect way to let it shine!

Barbara said...

My favorite! Really nice of that woman to cut some more for you. I remember my mother's rhubarb patch in the back yard....wish I could have one in Florida!

grace said...

it excites me an irrational amount to see rhubarb paired with something other than strawberries. :)

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

What a lovely story! I just made a strawberry rhubarb pie that will be on my blog on Wednesday!

Cathleen said...

I haven't made an apple crisp in forever! This looks amazing!

Tricia Buice said...

What an amazing act of kindness - rhubarb was just meant to be on your menu this week. How lovely! Have a great week :)

Unknown said...

Crisps are one of my favorite treats and I haven't made one in a long time. Love how you paired rhubarb with apples.

Some people from my high school once went to the Stratford Festival. It was a very big deal to them. It sounds like fun.

Catherine said...

Dear Beth, That is so nice and makes it so much more tasty to know the kindness that was given to you.
I bet this was delicious and more to look forward too. xoxo Catherine

Kitchen Riffs said...

I'd love to live in a town named Shakespeare! And a big bag of rhubarb for $2?! You scored! Plus your crisp looks wonderful. Thanks!

Juliana said...

I yet have to get some rhubarb...and I like that you combined with apple...looks great Beth...
Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

Kayte said...

Rhubarb crisp is one of my most favorite desserts, seriously have a love affair with it every spring. :-) Fun story...that all just makes me smile, the random goodness that we find in bits and pieces every day.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, rhubarb, one of my favorite spring vegetables and turned into a crisp paired with apples that must be one delectable dessert.

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