Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rhubarb Cake and Tart Cherry Crisp

A couple of goodies here for ya.  Last week when me and my “Reality Sisters” were together to watch Survivor, Julie (whose house we always watch it at) pulled a delicious smelling cake out of the oven when I arrived.  It was this Rhubarb Cake that her daughter found on Allrecipes and wanted her to make.  The cake was super moist and just the right sweetness and tartness from the rhubarb.  Julie used frozen rhubarb.  And it had a great cinnamon/sugar topping to finish it off.  I thought it tasted great and will surely make it when I can get my hands on some rhubarb.  Julie said her daughter (who doesn’t live in Kansas) also made it with some healthier substitutions like whole wheat flour and applesauce in place of some of the butter and that it turned out really well.  Thanks for the yummy cake, Julie!

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Then today I found a bag of frozen tart cherries in the freezer and decided since we’re trying to use up the things in the freezer, that a cherry crisp needed to be made.  I took a couple recipes and did a little tweaking and these actually turned out really well.  I used six ramekins for the crisps.  I’m still going to play around with the recipe a bit, so I’m not ready to share it as I thought there was just a bit too much sugar in the filling.  This was just a little reminder to me that I can’t wait for cherry season and summer fruits! 

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This also reminded me of the delicious Thanksgiving Cherry-Berry Pie I got the recipe for from Anna at Cookie Madness and made last November.  This was the first time I’d NOT used canned cherry pie filling for cherry pie or anything requiring cherries.  For this pie, I used canned tart cherries and thought it was WAY better than that canned filling.  I have a feeling I’ll never make a cherry pie with it again (although the boys LOVE that stuff).  Frozen tart cherries—good.  Anna told me back in November that she can’t wait to really convert me to the real thing when cherries are back in season and I can’t wait to use the real thing as well.

And finally, Taylor wants me to put this cute thing on the blog.

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I know, that IS cute!  I found this little frog duck at the grocery store for $1.50 as they have all the Easter things on clearance.  Taylor collects frogs and this IS really darling.  He loves it and thought it was pretty cool that he put his shoes on it.  LOV-IN’ spring at our house!

17 comments:

Tracey said...

I'll have to try that cake - I'm going to bake more with rhubarb this year! Love the frog wearing sneakers :)

Liz said...

Mmmm! I'm a recent rhubarb convert and am always looking for new rhubarb recipes.

Jess said...

Yum, yum...I just bought some rhubarb at the supermarket without any idea what to make with it, so maybe I'll try this! I adore sour cherries and snap them up whenever I can find them, but I'll have to look for the frozen ones now.

Deeba PAB said...

Oh YES PLEASE! That close up is calling my name Katrina. How absolutely wonderful! C U T E frog!! LOL!

♥peachkins♥ said...

OOhh love that crisp with the ice cream!


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Juliana said...

Wow, what a nice treat! And I absolutely love it with the scoop of ice cream on it :-)

Elizabeth said...

The dessert with the ice cream looks so delicious.
Nice to see a change from strawberries too. Love the frog!

Amanda said...

So cute!! That bite with the cherry's spilling over is just divine!!

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Jacque said...

Mmm, rhubarb and cherries are two of my favorites! Yummmm!!!

Valen said...

Oh my gosh, that looks so good! I've never had rhubarb, but it is a favorite of my Dad. I need to try it my coworkers won't stop telling me how good it is, even raw.

Leslie said...

the cherry tart...can you say YUM???!!!!

Kerstin said...

Yay for rhubarb and spring - I wish I had a big piece of your cake right now :)

Kayte said...

Wow this looks great, esp. with that ice cream parked on top like that. Love rhubarb, don't use it often enough.

Emily said...

I love rhubarb! I can't wait for you to bake the cake. I bet the crisps will be good too.

Nice frog! It made me lol.

megan said...

I use to have a rhubarb cake recipe that I loved and now I cant find it. :( My SIL lost her copy too and the gal we got it from is now living over seas. This cake looks devine!
Love the ducky!

Jannett said...

your rhubarb cake sounds great..Love rhubarb....
the little Frog/Duck is soo cute... :)

Leslie said...

Mmm, this sounds wonderful! I buy jarred tart cherries from Trader Joe's and they make an amazing cherry pie.