Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

I'm just wrapping up a quick trip to Portland, Oregon - but I made this just before I left. You all know by now how I love a rustic, family-style dessert. And really, the list of desserts that fit the bill better than a simple fruit crumble is short. For those of you who've never attempted a crumble, it's quite simple. Start with fresh seasonal fruit, top it with crumbled dough, and into the oven it goes. Before you know it, golden-topped dollops of baked goodness are crisping up in a shallow sea of bubbling fruit. In this version I combined rhubarb, strawberry, and a splash of port wine with a buttery black pepper, pine nut and oat crumble. Sounds a bit fancy, but really, it couldn't be easier to make.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

With this particular crumble, you can prep the ingredients up to ahead of time if you like. Combine the dry ingredients, cover, and set aside. Chop the fruit, cover, and refrigerate. The rest of it comes together in a flash whenever you're ready to assemble the crumble and bake it off.

Enjoy the crumble, I know many of you are seeing rhubarb and strawberries in your markets. Looking forward to sharing some highlights (and photos) from my Portland trip when I get back and get unpacked. -h

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Feel free to experiment with the amount of sugar in this based on how sweet your berries are. For example, try it with 1/2 cup sugar tossed with the fruit, and make note - you might want it more/less sweet the next time around.

butter for greasing skillet/pan (about 1 tablespoon)

3/4 cup / 3 oz / 85 g spelt flour
2/3 cup / 3 oz / 85 pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/2 cup / 1.5 oz / 45 g rolled oats
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 60 g natural cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup / 2.5 oz / 75 g unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 60 g natural cane sugar (or Muscovado sugar)

1/2 lb. / 8 ounces / 225 g hulled medium strawberries, cut into quarters

12 ounces trimmed rhubarb, sliced into 3/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup / 60 ml port wine (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375F / 190C, with a rack in the middle. Butter a 10-inch round gratin dish (pictured), or a 9x9 square baking dish.

Combine the flour, pine nuts, oats, sugar, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Use a fork to stir in the butter, squeeze into a few patties, then place in the freezer to chill at least ten minutes.

Make the filling by whisking together the cornstarch and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the strawberries and rhubarb, and toss until evenly coated. Wait three minutes, add the port and toss again. Transfer the filling to the prepared pan, remove the topping from the freezer, and crumble across the top of the filling - make sure you have big pieces and small.

Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, or until the topping is deeply golden and the fruit juices are vigorously bubbling. You'll want to let things cool a bit before serving, 20 - 30 minutes.

Serves a small crowd, 8 - 12 servings.

Prep time: 20 min - Cook time: 40 min

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Salivating just a little bit. Looks amazing!

Nicole @ cookingafterfive

I was looking for the perfect dessert to bring to the critique in my ceramics class tomorrow afternoon. Was going to settle for strawberry pancakes; but this seems like a much better alternative. :)

Satpreet Kahlon

this is perfect! One of my favorite ways to eat strawberries is with red wine and black pepper. I never would have thought of it with rhubarb. Thank you for the recipe


I had just started looking for strawberry rhubarb crumble recipes yesterday to make for a dinner party we are having this weekend. You have saved the day!

Taysa (Water, Butter and Wine)

Thanks. I've been looking for a dessert that feels like spring to take to potlucks. This is easy and nice. I always make apple crumbles but hadn't thought of strawberry/ rhubarb. I love the combo and it's much less daunting to make a crumble than a pie!


As much as I keep reading about rhubarb, I haven't seen any at the farmer's markets here in L.A. I went to one today, but I guess I'll have to hit up another one since I'm so intrigued with your pine nuts and port.


Well, that Anonymous person was me. It's late.

Lentil Breakdown

When I saw the words 'strawberry, rhubarb and crumble', I knew I was in trouble. Then I saw 'black pepper' and it's official...I'm screwed. This sounds insane and I'll definitely have to try soon.

The French

What a truly classic combination. Your photo is amazing and I wish I had the real deal sitting in front of me right now. One word - WOW!

Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

Love the idea of spelt and pine nuts. Will be trying this, then eating this. :)

Erin Blogavich

lovely recipe Heidi. I always use spelt flour and oats in my crumbles these days and the result is just so much tastier and more textured than the plain old flour, butter, sugar variety.

My favourite rhubarb crumble is rhubarb with crystallised ginger (and maybe a bit of orange zest) which we had with the first rhubarb of the year this weekend, but I'll look forward to trying this later in the year.


I love fruit crumbles! Actually, mention the word "crumble" and you've got my attention. (Fruit crumble, confections with "a firm crumble," crumbly shortbread, crumble crumble crumble!)

Try saying that 5 times fast. Ha.



Hi Heidi,
I'm trying to make a dessert for a diabetic, which narrows down almost to nothing the natural sweeteners I can use. I would like to try stivia in liquid form. It is very concentrated so I won't add more than a couple of teaspoons. But I'm worried that the sugar is essential for the texture of the dough to be right. What do you think? I will be very grateful for any advice because most (if not all) recipes for diabetics use artificial sweeteners. Thanks!


Crumble is one of my favourite desserts. Love this one!


I have no experience with rhubarb, I don't even think I have ever eaten it but I am sure I will be getting some in the CSA this year! Great recipe!

Christie {Honoring Health}

Rhubarb crumble is one of my favourite desserts. I like how you've pimped it with strawberries and pine nuts - I look forward to giving it a go next time I make it.

Joe @ Eden Kitchen

yum! i love anything with rhubarb. can't wait to see photos from your portland trip!


Oh that looks like the perfect summer dessert!

Simply Life

This crumble looks so tasty. I love everything about it! Is rhubarb in season now?


if your climate allows it, plant rhubarb in your yard instead of an accent bush. it grows into a hearty looking shrub, and after a few years you'll need to cut it back considerably. but you'll get free rhubarb every year. it's almost like a weed. next thing you know, you'll find yourself freezing a gallon of it for pies later on in the year, and giving away half to your neighbors.

12th Man

Katrina: At my wife's folks' farm in Nebraska, the rhubarb is a couple of weeks away. Should be seeing it on the shelves in most places, with locally produced available already depending on where you live.

12th Man

I've never thought of putting pine nuts in a crumble topping...that sounds TOO good!

Hallie @ Daily Bites

Crumbles are my go-to dessert simple they are so simple! Great idea for the addition of pine nuts and black pepper.


i am very much looking forward to grabbing a whole lotta rhubarb as soon as i see it. i love the black pepper addition - sounds awesome!

heather @ chiknpastry

That looks fantastic. What do you drink with a sweet crumble. Milk?


Could I substitute another flour for spelt? I don't usually buy spelt so don't have it at hand that often.

The Intrepid Cook

Hi Heidi - I just picked 3 1/2 pounds of strawberries so this recipe looks great! (You might want to change the post date, apparently this recipe is from the future!)


This looks delicious! I love the addition of spelt flour!


Pepper and Pine Nuts!

You are a goddess.


The addition of port and black pepper seem like they would really add some complexity to the crumble. This looks delicious, with tons of good texture.

Molly @ mollys menu

I've had rhubarb crumble ON THE BRAIN of late, trying to wait patiently while ours get tall enough not to constitute infanticide. I give it a week, outside.


How funny that you should post a strawberry rhubarb crumble since I have been contemplating making one for about a week now. I'm not a huge fan of rhubarb, but with strawberries it's ok. My mom loves rhubarb, so this might just get made for Mother's Day this weekend!


I love these flavors, rhubarb is so old-fashioned so I always feel very home-makery when I use it. I like that this recipe doesn't use tooooo much butter.

Carrie (Love Healthy Living)

I'm an aspiring food writer/grad student in Portland and I was wondering if you already left? I would love to meet up with you and buy you a stumptown and chat if you're still here! My email is Thanks!


It is that time and my rhubarb is ready for ample recipe testing and I do believe this may be the first one I'll take on. Thanks!

tom | tall clover farm

looks heavenly, I can't wait to give this a whirl!


Incredible timing!

We have some rhubarb and were going to make our first ever strawberry rhubarb pie this weekend, but our schedule was not going to allow us much time, and we were seriously intimidated. Thank you for providing an easy solution!!


Do you think maple syrup or agave would work instead of the cane sugar?


Crumble is my favourite dessert and best way to use rhubarb! I love the addition of port wine and black pepper that push an ordinary crumble to a higher level. I just bought rhubarb at farmers market. Can't wait to try this recipe!


Yum! I just put some strawberry/rhubarb "sauce" in the freezer. I think I will take it out again and add this topping. I'm gluten free, but I think sweet sorghum flour will do fine in place of the spelt since rising is not much of an issue with crumbles! I'll report back with the results!


This is my mother's favorite pie...she loves strawberry rhubarb and it's so difficult to find in the markets and bakery...thanks Heidi...perfect and just in time for Mother's Day!

The Healthy Apple

Just made a strawberry rhubarb crumble this week!
The recipes I gathered don't stand up at all next to yours... thanks for posting! I look forward to round 2 with your awesome ingredient list.

alice's adventures

Just the other day I asked my sister (who does the pastry baking in the family) to make me a strawberry rhubarb crumble pie for as my gift for graduating in a couple weeks. Doesn't look as if I need the "pie" suffix thanks to this post! Happy graduation to me :)


Thoughts on what kind of flour to use instead of spelt flour to make it gluten free? Thank you!


I live in Portland & thought I saw you on the street, but didn't want you stop you as I wasn't sure! Hope you had a good time visiting.


Hi Heidi,
Have you seen any rhubarb in San Francisco yet? I've been going to farmer's markets every weekend hoping it'll pop up but haven't seen it yet. :( I love simple, rustic crumbles like this!


Katy, again...I just posted and then saw the comment from "ronny" about diabetics. I am also a diabetic. I would use stevia (tho' I prefer the powder to the liquid.) When I'm trading stevia for sugar I go by servings: so for 8 servings I'd use 8 tiny scoops or single serve packets of stevia for the whole batch. I taste and taste along the way as I don't like things supersweet...There is plenty of fiber in this recipe to "counteract" the sugar in the fruit--add a bit of the stevia there to get a sweet enough taste. I find stevia is also enhanced a bit with time, so sugar your fruit and then taste after an hour or so.


Great minds - I played around with your peach crumble recipe a few weeks ago to make a strawberry rhubarb crumble and it turned out delicious!


yum! still waiting for local strawberries in upstate ny, but rhubarb is plentiful in the garden right now! can't wait to try, thanks for sharing such a beautiful yet simple dessert!


Looks beautiful...can you suggest an alternative to Port that would be suitable in this dessert?


This looks outstanding and easy! two things I love. Going to give it a good as both rhubarb and strawberries are extremely cheap and tasty right now!

Annmarie Kostyk

This looks perfect to end a sunny day!

Chocolate Freckles

Looks amazing!

Does anyone have ideas for a vegan sub for the butter in the topping?


Strawberries and rhubarb make such a great flavour combination. I'd like to see a different combo with rhubarb though for a bit more variety.

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

Katy - thanks for the info! I don't have any experience with this, so it helps to know that it's a reasonable idea. Thanks!


Decadent! I have never baked rhubarb anything - why is it always with strawberries? Or have I been missing the many other combinations out there?

Michelle @ Find Your Balance

I had some beautiful rhubarb that I used in a chutney and now I can't find any more. I wish I had saved it to make this!


I like my rhubarb "straight", with no other fruit combined with it. I am frequently served this-and-that having blends of fruits almost pureed together, and I often can't understand why one or the other wasn't used alone.

This is certainly not a criticism; it's just something I myself have never understood. I guess I'll just have to do this recipe three times: with rhubarb alone, then again with strawberries alone, then with both blended. Now that sounds like fun!


What a wonderful, easy rustic-style recipe! I have never used rhubarb before (very surprisingly), so I will have to try this!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)

Good one! I am growing my very first strawberries this year, and if I can keep the crows off of them this is a recipe I will try and make with them. There really is nothing better than a fruit crumble. Thanks Heidi!


This looks great! and...adding pine nuts to crumble...why didn't I think of that? Genius! :~)

The Curious Baker

My husband has been clearing the store shelf of every piece of rhubarb he can find for the last 2 weeks now. I finally have a recipe to help me figure out what to do with it all! Can't wait to try it!! :)

the mogran

For sure and by far the best crumble ever. Nothing better than this sweet and tangy combo!

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen

WOW! Your recipes are amazing. My mouth is always watering when viewing your blog. Thanks.


An inspired balance between sweet and tart and what a gorgeous colour!!


I'm proudly the crumble queen, so this mix of black pepper, strawberries AND rhubarb is one i'm going to have to try!!!!many thanks Heidi :-) your a ledgend!!!!!!!
To ronny re: diabetic crumble version, using stevia in the crumble should be fine,it's not essential for the structure of the dough.I usually use a few tsp of melted honey or maple syrup instead of sugar, and it's very forgiving.I don't like it too sweet,so i'd give stevia a go for sure, good luck :-)


I am going to make this for my daughter's birthday celebration this weekend. She will love it!!


Oh, oh, oh!!!
Hm, I bet this would be wonderful with a dash of balsamic vinegar with the fruit & sugar. I am crazy about balsamic & black pepper with strawberries.
I don't do spelt or wheat, so I would likely grind some oats to a flour. Rice flour would be a nice crunchy texture.


Our friends brought over some rhubarb yesterday here in Spokane. Tonight I made the crumble with a couple substitutions -- maple syrup for sugar and almond meal for some of the flour. The crumble just jumped out of the oven and looks heavenly. Thanks Heidi!

Susie PNW

I love Strawberry. Thanks for the recipe.


Well, that Anonymous person was me. It's late. thanks


This looks absolutely delicious. Rhubarb I haven't tasted before but I know it has a very tart flavor. The sweetness of the strawberries must balance that I'm sure.

my little expat kitchen

one of my all time favourites, and this version sounds divine!!!

Lady Grey

Gorgeous! The port must add such a lovely flavor. Wondering it you've tried kuzu or arrowroot to thicken the fruit layer?


Hi there - wow what a fab bit of timing ! I love my food but am notoriously dodgy when it comes to desserts, I don't particularly like sweet food and the va va voom just isn't there ! I do however love rhubarb & crumble is my default dessert- I'm making this for a dinner party tomorrow. Bravo ! x

Belgravia Wife - sort of

With all the strawberries coming in this will be great! Thanks!!

Lou Ettore

Wow! This looks delicious! Now I have a Sunday brunch recipe :)


Wow, way to gussy up a homey dessert! It doesn't get much better than a crisp for dessert, preferably with some ice cream melting over the top. Around here, we've been working our way through an apple-rhubarb crisp, sweetened with maple syrup and maple sugar, and flavored with a bit of fresh ginger. The pine nuts and black pepper in this one sound amazing; I love savory ingredients in sweeties. And the port wine does the double duty of adding flavor and coloring the filling a glorious burgundy - brilliant! Love the wheat-free topping, too. This will have to be my next crisp. Thanks for a lovely post as always; hope you enjoyed your trip to Ptown - such an awesome city.


We never see fresh rhubarb down here in Baja California Sur (sob!), but mangos are coming on strong and I made this with our small criollo mangos and some blueberries I found in the freezer. Along with the pine nuts and black pepper in the crumble (and what a great alternative to flour and oats), it's delish! Thanks for the idea.

Deborah Porter

What a pity that I do not like rhubarbre...because visiting many culinary blogs I can see so many good and tasty-looking recipes....., like yours. Have a good rhubarb day....


Hope you had a good time in our town of Portland! I've got tons of rhubarb so all I need are my strawberries to ripen up and I'll have this fab looking dish.


i'm not much of a cook, but i love your site.
Your photos are great. i'm planning a trip to Portland this summer, any tips? Food or adventure.

Lisa dai

i didn't see you already give travel tips. Thank you!

Lisa dai

The timing of this post was perfect. I had all the ingredients on hand, and so excited to try the recipe. We really enjoyed it, and will make it again before the season's out. Beautiful balance of flavors! Thank you, Heidi!


I've never had strawberry rhubarb, but it always looks so delicious. I might make some this year if my strawberries grow. :)


Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

Delicious! I am heading to the farmers market this saturday and I sure hope they have rhubarb!

Laura @ Alwaysroom4dessert

I can't wait for the rhubarb to show up in my part of the world so I can try this recipe! A 9X9 inch pan would never serve 8 -12 people in my world, however . . . more like 6!!

The Faithful Foodie

I've just returned from a trip to Portland! And wouldn't you know it, we ate at Farm Cafe and the dessert special was strawberry rhubarb crisp. I was looking forward to it all night and crushed when they had run out (the strawberry shortcake wasn't half bad). So I guess I'll just have to make yours.


Rhubarb and strawberry is a classic combination here in Norway! looks scrumptious - saving it for when the rhubarb in my garden is ready and the local strawberries are abundant!
another thing - in my family this would be served with cold custard... A lovely contrast between the warm crumble and the cold creamy custard!


Love the recipe but since I'm in the Northwest I'd probably use hazelnuts or walnuts instead of pine nuts and if you add a little maple syrup instead of butter the topping become more crisp. As always I love the local whole wheat pastry flour we have now available at Seattle farmers' markets. The pictures are so yummy I want to get started now.


Looks amazing! I'm definitely making this for my mom on mother's day.


@Jess -- re: vegan substitute for butter in crumbles...Earth Balance works really, really well replacing butter in baked goods. It can be challenging to work with in pie crust (although the end result has always been delicious), but makes a fantastic crumble topping!


Looks tasty!


mmmm rhubarb season. This is the second mouthwatering rhubarb recipe I've seen today. I think it's a sign that I need to snag some and make something awesome! :)


No rhubarb at the Chicago farmer's markets yet....but now that I have your crumble recipe, I can't wait. This looks absolutely delicious! I'm not much of a sweet eater, but this looks like just my speed. YUM!


I love this recipe, I am looking to find ways to incorporate more rhubarb in my food, and this is easy and tasty.

Lynsey James March

usually smelling and seeing food makes my mouth water, but this "Before you know it, golden-topped dollops of baked goodness are crisping up in a shallow sea of bubbling fruit" actually made my mouth water... i am heading out to get some rhubarb today!!... thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite desserts!! and thanks so much for your wonderful blog...


WOW--just made this and had to restrain myself from gobbling it up before I could share it with others. I used frozen organic rhubarb (for some reason, my local organic grocery source didn't have any fresh rhubarb), fresh organic strawberries, and substituted half the white sugar for brown sugar, just b/c I LOVE how brown sugar tastes w/ strawberries. This dessert is AMAZINGLY delicious. Thanks so much for sharing. The topping is simply marvelous with the oats and spelt flour...THANK YOU, Heidi!

HS: So glad you liked it! And good to hear it still worked with your frozen rhubarb.


I just came back from SF, and I live in Portland! I can't wait to read about what you saw in my city. I am also looking forward to trying this crumble. I wonder how it would taste with rosewater.


Have y'all ever tried crumble topping on mashed sweet potatoes, for Thanksgiving? I was short on ingredients one year for the usual preparation (not marshmallows) and improvised by topping the casserole with my crumble topping. It was a huge hit and immediately earned a spot on our traditional menu.


Just made this with wheat flour (half whole wheat, half all-purpose), ordinary white sugar, pecans & walnuts instead of pine nuts and extra fruit. Oh, and brandy instead of port. It was still badass.

I think you can get away with a bit less sugar if you're sugar-shy.

LA Cook

Looks awesome, although I googled "Liver Crumble" and came to this!


Since there is absolutely no possibility to buy rhubarb anywhere in my country, what do you think would be a good alternative to it?

HS: Hi Ena, You could do 100% strawberries, or substitute other berries for the rhubarb.


I can smell this baking and it's driving me wild!!


I made this last night for a party and it was a hit! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Heidi. I also made your hummus recipe and both of them were fabulous.

I always come to your site and feel inspired to eat more healthfully, consciously, and flavorfully!


This is FANTASTIC! I have finally found a crisp/crumble topping that I & the fam loves...and
the fruit/wine/sugar combo=wonderful !! Appreciate that it's not too sweet, and love the pine nuts. Thanks so much for the great combos you come up with...mmm, mmm, good. Still :-)


This recipe looks DELICIOUS!! I cannot wait to get my hands on some fresh rhubarb and strawberries from the farmer's market this summer and get baking, I will definitely be making this dessert!

Amari @ Eat Chic

I made this last night and it was delicious. I've never used rhubarb before but I was curious so I bought some stalks. I didn't have spelt flour and couldn't find my pine nuts so I substituted ww pastry flour and sliced almonds (toasted in pan). The crumble turned out to be the best I've ever made - slightly nutty with that peppery kick. I liked it so much that i decided to make another one but bought small bag of spelt flour to try. My house smells so good from this crumble. Thanks Heidi!


I made this last night (subbing a mixture of whole wheat and brown rice flour for the spelt, and almonds for the pine nuts), and it was a big big BIG hit. What a superb way to use the first rhubarb of the year! Next I'm going to work on making a version of this that is gluten and corn-free. Thanks for the inspiration!


Made this for Mother's Day..... it was fabulous and lasted only about 5 minutes!

Leigh Ann Lonneke

I definitely plan on making a gluten-free version of this VERY soon. It looks amazing.

Tasty Yummies

I made a gluten-free version of this last night, substituting sorghum for the whole wheat flour. I also used a full pound of strawberries, since 8 oz didn't seem like quite enough. It turned out quite delicious.


I made this yesterday for a birthday/mothers day celebration. I made enough so that I can eat a little for breakfast for a couple of days also. It is amazingly good!


Sounds like I wasn't the only one who made this last night for Mother's Day Dinner!
I thought I would add that I used walnuts in place of the pine nuts, and a honeywine instead of the port...and it turned out spectacular!


Can't wait 'til my month-stay in SF -- I even booked a hotel with a full kitchen so I can full take advantage of all the ingredients available in the States, including rhubarb. :D

Another Foodie

Made this for Mother's Day....substituted walnuts for the pine nuts. It was SO GOOD. Everyone gobbled it up!


Cool, I never would have made a better one though


Looks absolutely delectable. My husband will love me for making this. Hope to be able to sub a different flour.



This may seem random for the recipe at hand, but I couldn't figure out how to post a comment under your Vanilla Honey Ice Cream Recipe.. which I tried but substituted the vanilla bean with lavender and it is amazing. I was wondering if you have suggestions for a coconut milk based ice cream batter? And whether you have a green tea ice cream recipe! Thanks

Natural Gourmet Kitchen

Looking forward to trying this - Rhubarb and Strawberries always good combination

Pam Livingston

i love it !!! ^^


This was the perfect recipe! I served this on Mother's Day w/homemade soy milk ice cream. The crumble was the perfect blend of naturally sweet fruit & crunchy crumble. I made a couple of minor changes: replaced the 1/2 c of sugar sprinkled on the fruit w/@ 1/4 c of maple syrup, added a small handful of sliced grapes to rhubarbs & strawberries (since I was lacking the full amnts of both), added a wee bit of orange zest to fruit, used a combo of red wine & good balsamic vin to replace the port, almonds to replace the pine nuts, and WWpastry flour to replace the spelt. My family loved it! Even my health-food phobics did not complain!! Thanks, Heidi! I love your recipes!!

stacey hyatt

I've tried several of your baked goods recipes now and you have yet to steer me wrong. This was delicious! We initially tried it with a bit of vanilla ice cream on the side, but it was much better all on its own. Another great post!


My grandmother always made strawberry rhubarb pie when I was growing up. This brings me right back to their farm upstate. Can't wait to make this in my own kitchen. Thank you for sharing!

Feast on the Cheap

So, I made this AGAIN, doubled the recipe, baked it in the 13x9 pan, and cut the amount of sugar in the filling ONLY (used the full amt. of sugar for the topping) in half. I'd have to say, that wasn't the best move. It still tastes great, but I think that maybe I should've used AT LEAST 75% of your recommended amt of sugar....What you put in the recipe is really the perfect ratio of sugar to fruit. :)


@Jess- I used very soft coconut oil (not quite liquid) and it seemed to work well, I just also added 2T of applesauce to moisten the rest.

My only problem was the rhubarb was still really crispy, not soft. Any ideas what I did wrong?


I'm thinking of making a strawberry and apple crumble.. too bad we don't get rhubarb here.

The Purple Foodie

Thank you so much for providing healthy delicious recipes and gorgeous eye candy photographs :)
I veganized this recipe and it turned out wonderful! In Chicago at this time I couldn't get fresh strawberries so I substituted apples and it turned out beautifully. I can't wait to try blueberries and figs!


ive been thinking about preserving rhubarb into some kind of jam or preserves by canning it, so i could use it to make crumbles and oat bars specifically, later in the year, like how people do so with raspberry jam. do you think this would work? the jam would need to be quite thick, like raspberry jam, for this to work. does anyone have any ideas, and/or do you think just a rhubarb jam with pectin and sugar would fit the bill?


I made this tonight and it was amazing! I think the fresh cracked pepper and the pine nuts are what really do the trick. I also threw in some leftover raspberries. I will make this again for sure!


Just brought this to my girlfriend's parents. Didn't have spelt so I used whole wheat cake flour, Also didn't have enough pine nuts so I augmented with almonds. Neither the black pepper or port really came through. At least double the pepper and go ballsy and use a tawny port.
Don't get me wrong. It was still delicious. My girlfriend's mother loved it!


I made this for my family, which includes my husband, me, and our two children, aged 7 and 8 years. It served the four of us. We had it as a dessert with a small dinner. I guess we eat a lot, but none of us are overweight!

I used 2/3 the amount of sugar in the filling. It was tart, but not too much so. I didn't use the port.

My husband loved it! It was very good.


This looks gorgeous. I love the idea of adding pinenuts to topping! thanks :)


i made this for a going-away party for a dear friend last night. we served it over vanilla ice cream and ate it out on the patio where we saw the first firefly of the year. the whole thing was so delicious and summery--the perfect send-off. i love your blog and photographs/writings. cooking these recipes is teaching me how to make delicious foods a little healthier (or maybe its the reverse :) and inspiring me to cook more from my instincts. thanks heidi!


Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

dental hygienist

Thanks for such great posts and recipes. I made this crumble with kamut flour rather then the spelt and it was DELICIOUS!


I made this the other day and it was without a doubt one of the best things I've made all year. Thank you. I found a mulberry tree near my apartment and will be trying it with those tomorrow. Wonderful


This recipe turned out GREAT!! I didn't have port wine, so I just used 1/8 cup of a cabernet. The wine really adds a nice complexity to the dish. This is not your ordinary cobbler! I might add just a few more strawberries than 8oz next time for a little extra filling. But overall, this was the best cobbler I've ever had!


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