Thursday, September 24, 2009

Warm Strawberry Crumb Cake

At the market today and saw some fresh Strawberries. With fall on the way, I thought it'd be nice to have a little end of summer fruit dessert. I wanted something different and found a great recipe at Food and Wine for Strawberry Crumb Cake. Quick, and easy and delicious. Great way to say goodbye to summer.

Additionally, the cake batter and crumb topping would work wonderfully with most any type of fruit, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, etc.

You can use a lesser quantity of fruit, but it will not have the "juice" content of a larger quantity. Your preference.

Ingredients and Method:

3 pounds fresh straberries, hulled and halved
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2½ tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2½ tablespoons of water
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped

2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1¼ cups sugar
3 large eggs
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¾ cup buttermilk

Crumb Topping:
½ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

In a bowl, add strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla seeds, and cornstarch mixture and mix well. Let sit for 45 - 60 minutes until the strawberries "juice".

In another bowl mix the topping together. Use your fingers or dough cutter until you have small lumps.

In a mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each time. Add the vanilla and buttermilk and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and beat well.

Pour the fruit into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Spread the cake mix over the top and smooth over the entire filling, covering it completely. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour until golden brown.

Let cool and serve. It microwaves well as a leftover and loves the addition of a little vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.



Peabody said...

This looks wonderful. I will have to make it next strawberry season.

The Merlin Menu said...

Thanks Peabody. If you DO make it, I'm sure you will enhance it in ways I'd never think of but that's what I love about your baking/cooking.

Consider me a willing subject.

ha ha.

Have a great weekend.


Debbie said...

I love Food and Wine Magazine ... found 10 "older" of these magazines recently at a garage sale. I didn't even haggle over the $2.00 price for the lot! Good bye to summer ... not sure I'm ready for that. Warm strawberry Crumb Cake sounds perfect for late summer. Debbie

jayne said...

Okay this is too good! I'm heading to store to buy strawberries and whipped cream so I can make this! Thanks for the craving ;) Thankfully I don't diet!

Libby Murphy said...

Oh goodness gracious, we have a strawberry festival nearby and I'm always looking for a different recipe. Thanks - this looks great.
Happy Twirls