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Goth's Rhubarb Cake

B.L. LietzauI don’t know about the rest of you, but Minnesota is getting a very late start with our gardening. It snowed once again on May 1st. Luckily, it didn’t stick. All our greenhouses are busting at the seams hoping each day will be a little bit warmer to get the outdoor satellite Flowermarts started. I am looking forward to the rhubard coming up as soon as possible. That is our real hope that summer is finally here. I want to share an old recipe of rhubarb coffee cake with you. When I was younger, my father purchased a farm (to resell). Five brother and sisters, never married, lived on this farm and all of them were getting on in years and were unable to keep it up. My father purchased the farm and worked out a deal where the brothers and sisters kept only one acre. Dad built them a 3-bedroom rambler on that acre with a small shed and chicken coop. It was all they needed in their later years. The sisters, who were excellent seamstress’s, made homemade quilts, and baked and canned like the end of the earth was coming. I would stop in to visit with my Mom and the sisters made the best rhubarb/strawberry coffee cake I’ve ever had. I am happy to share the recipe with you:

 Goth Sister’s Rhubarb/Strawberry Coffee Cake 

 Cake: 

½ c. butter                     1 c. buttermilk

1 ½ c. white sugar         2 c. rhubard, diced

1 egg                            1 c. ripe strawberries, mashed

2 ½ c. flour                    1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda         1 c. brown sugar

½ tsp. salt                      ½ c. walnuts, chopped

Mix butter and white sugar together, and add egg. Combine flour, salt, and soda. Add buttermilk and stir in rhubarb, strawberries, and vanilla. Put into 9x13 inch pan. Combine brown sugar and walnuts in separate small bowl. Sprinkle over cake and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes

 Topping: 

½ c. butter

1 c. white sugar

½ c. evaporated milk

 Heat butter, sugar, and evaporated milk until sugar dissolves. Pour over hot cake. It's so delicious!

nebraska dave
5/3/2013 8:06:17 PM

B.L., I am not a great fan of rhubarb. Every old farm house in Nebraska has a patch of rhubarb and a patch of asparagus. Even today if an abandoned farm house can be found, remnants of the rhubarb and aparagus patches can be found. Ususally a couple fruit trees that have gone rogue can be foraged as well. It's just a reminder of a time in the past when farms were more of a homestead than thousands of acres of row crops. Nature just won't give up the winter weather here in Nebraska either. I haven't gotten anything planted in the garden yet this year. I will just have to wait for that first tomato more toward August than around the 4th of July. I don't get too excited about gardening as each year presents different challenges just like they did back in the pioneer days. The weather can beat you down if you let it. I've learned over the years that it's better to try to get along with nature then to try to deceive or beat it. Patience is indeed the best garden virtue. Have a great Minnesota day in the green house.