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rhubarb crumble

Rhubarb crumble

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 45 minutes baking

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
175g (1.5 cups) plain/all purpose flour,
175g (3/4 cup) butter, softened,
175g (1 cup) granulated sugar
A bunch of rhubarb
3 tbsp sugar

 

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It’s rhubarb season and while we don’t grow any ourselves our neighbours have an allotment and kindly gave us a big bundle of fresh, home-grown rhubarb at the weekend. There are lots of delicious puddings you could make with rhubarb but I couldn’t see past making a tasty, crunchy, sweet dish of rhubarb crumble.There’s also lots for kids to help with. Crumble is so simple to make – once you’ve measured out the ingredients either blast it in a food processor or get your hands dirty and rub to make the crumb. You kids might also like helping to chop the rhubarb if they are old enough.

Method

Preheat the oven to 170 fan (190C, gas mark 5)

Mix together the butter, flour and sugar

Get your toddler to measure the dry ingredients – flour (175g), sugar (175g) into a small bowl using a spoon.

  

Measure the butter (175g) and chop it into little pieces.

 

Add to a large mixing bowl or food processor if you are using one.

If you are making the crumble by hand (my kids preferred way) then get you hands dirty, rub the pieces of butter/flour/sugar together until you have a moist breadcrumb. Shake the bowl to make the larger pieces come to the surface and then rub them in. It works best if with cold hands and cold butter. Heat can make it go a bit clumpy but it’ll still taste nice!

 

If you are short for time, or you kids don’t like getting their hands messy, you can also mix it together in a food processor. SImply pulse it until it is a nice breadcrumb texture.

Prepare the rhubarb and place it in a baking dish.

Clean and chop your rhubarb into pieces about an inch long. If your child is old enough, they could help with this. Add them to a baking dish. If you find rhubarb quite tart, you can add a wee bit of sugar at this point to balance it out. We put in about 3 tbsp which was about right for us.

  

Pour over the crumble mix

Get your toddler to press down the rhubarb before adding the crumble on top.

 

Bake the rhubarb crumble

Pop the crumble in the oven for 35-40 minutes. It’s ready when the top looks golden and the rhubarb has softened and is starting to bubble through the topping.

Serve with custard/ice cream and enjoy!

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Rhubarb streusel crumble

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30 minutes + 40 minutes baking
Serves: 8

Ingredients
500g pack shortcrust pastry, thawed if frozen
750g rhubarb, trimmed, or approx 500g ready trimmed
150g blueberries (optional)
3 rounded tbsp plain flour
85g caster sugar

For the topping
85g plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
50g demerara sugar
50g butter

 

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Last year we made a rhubarb crumble, so this time we tried making a rhubarb streusel crumble – a kind of cross between a pie and a crumble. It’s nice and if rhubarb isn’t your thing you could use a few cooking apples instead.

Method

Preheat your oven to 190C/170C fan.

Create your pastry base
Get your toddler to sprinkle a little flour down to stop the pastry sticking then roll it out until it is about the thickness of a pound coin.

They might need a little help to make sure it’s evenly rolled.

 

Transfer the pastry to a 23cm/9 in flan or pie dish. Use a little spare dough from the edge rolled into a ball to push the pastry down into place – this is a good way of making sure small fingers don’t poke too many holes in your base! Then use a knife to trim the edges.

Prepare the rhubarb
Chop the rhubarb into 3cm/1 inch lengths – we found some of the thinner bits of rhubarb were cuttable with a blunt knife so Hannah was able to help with this bit. Once it’s all cut, put it into a large bowl.

Measure the sugar in a small bowl then add to the rhubarb along with the flour. Add the blueberries (we just threw in a few handfuls, rather than weighing them out exactly).

 

Mix it all together so the fruit is coated in the flour/sugar. Tip it into the pastry case, and spread it around to level it.

 

Make the topping
Get your toddler to weigh the flour in a small bowl, then add it to a large bowl. Do the same with the sugar. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Weigh the butter, then get your toddler to cut it into small pieces before adding to your bowl.

Rub the mixture together with your fingers until it starts to resemble breadcrumbs.

   

Sprinkle it over the top of your rhubarb.

Bake the pie
Pop your pie in the oven for 40-45 minutes. It’s ready when the topping looks crisp and golden and the fruit is tender.

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Serve it with ice cream, single cream or chilled custard.

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