Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp seems like a fitting choice to celebrate Canada Day. After all growing, finding and sharing rhubarb is a favourite Canadian pastime. Some say it’s impossible to kill while others, non-gardeners, proudly claim they have done it.
Rhubarb grows in Canadian gardens and back alleys all summer long. Those of us who are of a certain age have exclaimed in amazement, “I saw rhubarb in the grocery store…they are actually selling it!” This craziness seems to have been going on for several years now but I don’t need to partake in it.
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I’m no expert but I am Canadian and so is my mom. In our house we always had fruit crisp, most often rhubarb or apple. A fruit crisp has a gooey fruit base covered in a crunchy streusel topping. It most often contains oats and sometimes nuts. It should be served warm with ice cream or whipped cream. The Brits are more likely to call this dessert a crumble.
My brother says he prefers cobbler. Really? I was not at home when my mother allegedly made cobbler. Ever.
A cobbler has the same fruit base as a crisp but is topped with blobs of biscuit dough. (And my mom did make a lot of biscuits.) The biscuit dough gives the dessert a cobbled look thus the name. The baking process is the same whether you are making cobbler or crisp.
In honour of Canada Day I thought I should mention the buckle. People I know from the east coast talk about buckles and grunts. A buckle is more of a cake than a crisp and most often made with blueberries. A grunt is simply a cobbler cooked on the stove instead of in an oven which makes it ideal for camping although I haven’t tried it.
Be sure to share this information with family and friends. If they cook for you, often or infrequently, then it doesn’t hurt to let them know that safe gluten free oats can be the brand they chose for their pantry. These buying choices support the industries that people with celiac disease depend on. Here are a few gluten free oats for sale online:
Let me know in the comments below where you get your rhubarb.
|3 Tbsp cornstarch|
|½ cup sugar|
|3 cups chopped rhubarb|
|2 cups cut up strawberries|
|1 cup GF oats|
|⅓ cup GF flour mix|
|¼ cup brown sugar|
|2 Tbsp white sugar|
|½ tsp cinnamon|
|6 Tbsp butter, room temperature|
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