Monday, May 24, 2010

Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp

It started here I was reading one of my favorite blogs and Rhubarb came up...  I have fond memories of rhubarb.  There was a rhubarb plant in my grandmother's back yard so this post brought back memories that were pure summer for me.  Eating fresh mulberries, picking gooseberries, playing lawn darts, for those of you a little younger than me lawn darts is a game that basically involves tossing small steel tipped javelins at a circle next to your best friend's feet, great fun.  Anyway one of the most vivid image that I get is a bunch of bathing suit clad children running around each with a freshly pulled rhubarb stalk (maybe we knocked some of the dirt off) in one hand and a paper Dixie cup of sugar in the other... dip the moist rhubarb into the sugar then chew on the woody stalk, absolute heaven.

Most Sundays after church our family  would gather at Grandma's house and just have a regular summer day which would include playing in Grandpa's garden, exploring the barn where he kept all of the equipment that he used for his furnace repair business, or swinging on the tire swing tied to the walnut tree in the middle of the yard.

It struck me as funny that the first Rhubarb recipe that I read this year brought those memories back to me so quickly and so vividly,  I could almost feel the dry broken grass at my feet and the smell of the garden.  Oddly there have been several recipes that involved rhubarb it the weeks since and the feeling hasn't subsided in the least.  I started to work on some recipes myself.  However it seemed that every idea that I came up with someone blogged about a recipe that was too darned close.

Then I remembered them, in the back of the freezer!  once, quite a while ago, my in-laws came for a visit and they brought freshly picked Blueberries from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan they were absolutely beautiful.  I spent a bit of time making a Blueberry, Brandy and Tarragon glaze which was exactly as popular as a big turd in a punchbowl then sheepishly put the rest of the berries in the freezer until now.  I made a Blueberry Rhubarb Crumble.  It was really simple, preheat the oven to 350, then start with the crust:

1/3 cup salted pistachios (shelled)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small cubes

Chop up the pistachios and set aside then mash the flour, sugars and butter together until it resembles course meal mix in the pistachios. 


  1. Look at the bunch of you, all crowded into that tiny pool! Such a fun photo!

    I think there's nothing nicer than a good fruit crisp. In my opinion, crisps reign far supreme over bettys, slumps, cobblers and grunts!

  2. This looks fantastic! What a great memory... a dixie cup and a rhubarb stalk. I love it! I'm a huge blueberry fan, and I bet the blueberries work wonderfully with the rhubarb, although I don't think I've ever had the two together. I think I have some blueberries from my parents' bushes last summer lurking in my freezer still as well. I amy have to try this!

  3. '..a big turd in the punchbowl..' ha,haa I love it! I also love blueberries and rhubarb, the touch of pistachio would of been perfect, well done yet again Bryan.
    Oh and thanks for the mention, so kind ;)

  4. I love these memories, Bryan. I have them too...we used to pick wild huckleberries in Georgian Bay and mother made pies with them. They actually taste slightly different than blueberries.
    Great shot of you guys in the ole "swimming pool"!
    Rhubarb is a favorite of mine, as you know, (and thanks for the shout out, BTW) and crumbles are top of my list. Especailly with some ice cream on top!
    Super recipe!

  5. I love the color! Just a little bit different than the standard strawberry rhubarb crisp, but I bet a world of tasty goodness.

  6. I've seen a lot of recipes with rhubarb and strawberry but not blueberry and rhubarb. It sound delicious. Kudos for the difference!