As modern day savant Forrest Gump eloquently stated "Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots." The same holds true when referring to strawberries and rhubarb. When served separately, rhubarb really doesn’t go really well with anything except strawberries, and strawberries go well with almost everything, kind of like Forrest (rhubarb) and Jenny (strawberries.)
I have this absolutely killer recipe that I must share! It is a strawberry-rhubarb crumble with Jameson buttercream. I know what you are thinking; how can Irish whiskey buttercream complement a dessert? For me, it is the effervescence of the alcohol with the sweetness of the fruit and the crunch of the topping that works magnificently!
Strawberry-rhubarb crumble with Jameson buttercream:
For the Jameson buttercream:
· 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
· 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
· 1/4 cup Jameson Irish whiskey
· 5 cups quartered strawberries
· 3 cups sliced rhubarb, about 1/3-inch thick (fresh or frozen and thawed)
· 1/2 cup sugar
· 1/4 cup cornstarch
· 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
For the crumble:
· 3/4 cup flour
· 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
· 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
· Pinch salt
· 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
To make the Jameson butter cream, place the butter in a mixing bowl and whip until fluffy. With the mixer running, gradually add the confectioners' sugar. Slowly add the Jameson until combined. The mixture may look separated and curdled at first but if you continue whipping, it will come together. Topping may be used at room temperature or chilled.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 7-by-11-inch baking dish and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Toss to coat. Pour the strawberry mixture into the prepared baking dish.
In a medium, mixing bowl, add the flour, oats, light brown sugar, and salt, stirring to combine. Add the diced butter to the flour mixture, and using your fingers, work the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Pour the crumb mixture evenly on top of the strawberry mixture.
Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown.
Serve warm with a spoonful of the Jameson buttercream.
You probably should 86 the 80 proof buttercream from your kid’s dessert as the alcohol isn’t burned off…
A quick thought on Forest Gump, the movie: While there’s no denying that Forrest Gump is a great movie, I will never understand why Pulp Fiction didn’t win the 1994 Academy Award for Best Picture and FG did. If you have followed my blog you may have noticed I worked in a few Pulp Fiction references along the way, don’t be surprised if even more find their way in.