June 16th, 2009

strawberry rhubarb shortcake

strawberry rhubarb shortcake

in the short history of this blog, i’ve already moved twice. my moves were both in a 3-block radius, but regardless, it’s never an easy thing to do. the girl and i spent the entire weekend moving boxes and bags and furniture and plants into our new place (yes, i said OUR!), and have been too tired to do little more than look at our piles of stuff and imagine what the place will look like once we get enough energy to move anything.

strawberry rhubarb shortcake

so begins the long journey of figuring out where everything should go. one of the problems we’ve run into already is having doubles of, duh, of kitchen stuff. we were both thoughtful enough to get each other cooking gadgets and pots and pans when we moved into our old places, but now that it’s all combined, there’s just not room for 2 full sets of stainless steel cookware. and what are the odds that we’ll both need to press garlic at the same time? you can see the dilemma.

strawberry rhubarb shortcake

another issue is that we simply don’t know where everything is yet! not every box is labeled and packing got hastier just before the move, so if i wanted to find, say, a wooden spoon, i’d be hard-pressed to track it down. in lieu of full on cooking (which is actually killing us), we made hot dogs on the bbq (we have a bbq! and a shared backyard!). but enough about the new place. these rhubarb strawberry shortcakes were the very last thing i baked in my old place (the best cookies ever being the last thing i made last time i moved).

strawberry rhubarb shortcake

everyone is doing things with strawberry and rhubarb this time of year, and i can’t claim that this recipe is anything particularly special, except that it’s really really delicious. it was also my first experience with shortcake. i guess i never saw the point in shortcake before if there was tall cake to be had.

strawberry rhubarb shortcake

call me a convert, because these little guys are awesome. my only regret was not having whipped cream on hand to make the evening perfect.

strawberry rhubarb shortcake

i’m going to miss my old place, but i’m excited to fill our new apartment with memories, and more importantly, delicious baked goods. it may be a little while before i’m baking in full swing again, but there’s more to come!

strawberry rhubarb shortcake

strawberry rhubarb shortcake
makes about 6 shortcakes. shortcake recipe adapted from Alton Brown.

shortcake
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 Tbsp vegetable shortening, at room temperature
3/8 cup half and half

filling
2-3 stalks rhubarb, sliced
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 Tbsp lemon juice, tsp lemon zest
1 dash cinnamon or nutmeg
3/4 lb strawberries, sliced

1. to make the cakes: combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. cut in the butter and shortening with a pastry cutter (or a fork). mix in the half and half. drop by spoonsfuls onto a baking sheet. brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. bake at 350F for 15 mintues, until golden brown.

2. to make the filling: combine 1/4 cup sugar and strawberries in a bowl. set aside to soften for about 40 minutes. meanwhile, in a saucepan on medium heat, cook the rhubarb down with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice and zest, and cinnamon/nutmeg until it reaches a jam like consistency. combine the rhubarb and strawberries and mix together.

3. halve the shortcakes and top with the filling while still warm (or chill the filling and then serve).



20 Comments for strawberry rhubarb shortcake - why not leave some love?

  1. Louise says:

    Your shortcakes look scrumptious, Pete, and I am going to get some frozen rhubarb because the season is over here in North Carolina.

    I want to wish you both happiness in your new, shared apartment and ask where in NYC you found a backyard to share – how very wonderful!
    As an ex-Upper West Side resident, still homesick after many years, I am envious.

  2. Bonnie Jones says:

    I made your english muffins today. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I sure won’t be buying any more. And they were so easy to make. Keep up the good work!

  3. Lucy Sandor says:

    Good Luck in your new place! I can’t wait for your next post. I wonder, what will be the first thing you make in your new kitchen?

  4. Sara says:

    Well, at least the awful dreaded moving day is over.

    I laughed at your short cake tall cake comment, does that make me a dork?

    These look great by the way.

  5. Niki says:

    Yum! those look great. I’ve never tried rhubarb before this weekend when my friend made a strawberry rhubarb pudding cake. She hadn’t either before she got it in her CSA delivery. So the two of us, her husband and another friend all tried it for the first time in this cake and we were all a little scared, but it we are all really surpried when there was no taste! It definitely added some tartness that the strawberries didn’t have, but other than that, we were scared over nothing! I have to say though, I like tart fillings more so than sweet, so rhubarb will def be an addition w/ strawberry dishes in the future. Like perhaps this shortcake…

    Good luck in the new place w/ the girl!!! Can’t wait to see what you bake up next!

  6. hungry dog says:

    These look great! nice photos. Enjoy your new apartment!

    I too laughed at the tall cake.

  7. Wow, those look so tempting. wish I had one for breakfast.

  8. nick says:

    Holy crap that beats the pants off my mother’s store bought shell filled shortcakes.

    GL w/the new place. FYI: That whole “our” thing tends to make everything quite interesting (I’m a 7 year veteran).

  9. Kami says:

    Yum! I want to get some rhubarb just to make these!

  10. Q. says:

    GOOD STUFF! I had a recent Strawberry Rhubarb adventure of my own. Such a winning combination:) Found your blog via DC Foodies. I’m a D.C. area food blogger and would love to add you to my blog roll!

  11. VipMarts says:

    Well, at least the awful dreaded moving day is over.

    I laughed at your short cake tall cake comment, does that make me a dork?

    These look great by the way.

  12. Article says:

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  13. annie bonnie says:

    This recipe looks better than the others that popped up because the strawberries are not cooked. Why would you cook a fresh strawberry if you didn’t have to?

    I have my mother’s shortcake recipe that kicks ass and is pretty similar to yours.

    We were recently served this dish at a goat farm open house and thought the combination of rhubarb and strawberries blew away the strawberries alone.

    Good work!

  14. courtney says:

    this was terrific! ended up putting it on poundcake instead, but loved the addition of rhubarb to a traditional shortcake. yum yum yum!

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