Even with my endless battles against dough the sweat and tears always seem to disappear the second a pie or pastry comes out of the oven. There is nothing more beautiful than a brown, flaky crust with seeping juice bubbling from the seams. Which is why I absolutely love this recipe and why I plan on making it over and over again this summer - the dough is just too simple. 

So simple in fact that I warned my mom before we sat down.

"Ok, so this dough was really easy. I'm a little worried that its going to bland and chewy. We're probably going to need to modify this."


Well this is why you trust the experts. In this case Laurie Colwin and James Beard. The crust is a modified biscuit dough, which adds a great crispy texture to the vegetables. 
Since I had rhubarb on the mind and a few pounds of it in my refrigerator I took memorial day to covet my blissful desire for all things sweet and tart. It also goes along with my competitive streak in the never-ending Marin vs. Pie Dough battle. 

The Contenders
Pros: Enjoys a challenge, Likes pihhhhh (insert Paula Deen accent here)
Cons: Equipped with a 90 degree sauna she likes to call a kitchen, and an extreme lack of patience

Pie Dough
Pros: Delicate physique, Cold-tempered
Cons: Delicious, Delicious, Delicious

This battle has raged since Fall of 2010 when I managed to bake 12 apple pies in 2 months using the exact same recipe and never came out with 2 pies that looked at all similar. Luckily for you this is not one of those posts. This instead is the story of blooming love. Of a sweet, crunchy, chewy, empanada filled with a dripping hot strawberry and rhubarb and his ever serving girlfriend. Me. Add a little whipped cream and we have a menage-a-trois that could rival a teenage-boys fantasy. Hmmm did I just go there? Ok, lets move on... 
There's nothing quite like listening to A Prairie Home Companion Sunday mornings with a fresh cup of coffee and a stack of buttermilk pancakes. When this Sunday's jingle came beeboping into the kitchen there was only one thing on my mind - Rhubarb. This strawberry-rhubarb crumble is the first of many recipes that will find itself stumbling into your dreams.
Don't let the elusiveness of rhubarb get to you. This Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble is easy for beginners but the perfect mix of sweetness with a slight tang of rhubarb.