It is mid-August and that means we are in peak harvest season! It is astonishing, the amount of local food that is now available at Farmers’ Markets, from Alberta farms and BC orchards.
This month, we want to feature a classic dish using a combination of Alberta and BC gems- rhubarb and strawberries! Of course you can get most of the ingredients necessary for this simple dish at our Farmers’ Market (try GardeNerds YYC or YYC Growers for rhubarb, and The Apple Lady or Walker’s Own for strawberries!), but if you aren’t up for baking in the summer heat, come by our event Flavour next week to sample some fruit crisp from Chef Alex!
4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
3 cups chopped rhubarb
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup all-purpose, oat or barley flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into pieces
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Put the strawberries and rhubarb in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and flour; sprinkle over the fruit and toss to coat.
Transfer the fruit to a baking dish or 9-inch cast iron skillet, shaking all the excess sugar overtop. In the same bowl or in the bowl of a food processor mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, fork or your fingers (or pulse in the food processor) until the mixture is well blended and crumbly. Scatter over the fruit, squeezing to create larger clumps as you go.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the fruit is soft and bubbling, and the topping is pale golden and crunchy. Serve warm, with ice cream or whipped cream. Serves 6-8.