Using up PYO fruit – rhubarb and strawberry crumble

We’re big fans of pick your own fruit and veg farms. They make for a great family trip out, everyone can get involved, and you can stock the fridge up with lots of healthy food. You can see the blog post and video we made last year from our first strawberry picking trip. And tips on taking kids to a Pick Your Own Farm here.

Of course, you inevitably end up with way too much food, or at least we always do, and then you need to eat it as fast as possible, or make something with it all.

And one of my go-to recipes is my Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble.
I adore rhubarb crumble anyway, it’s probably my favourite kind of crumble, and with strawberries, it has a but of extra sweetness to it. Plus if you’re experience of PYO is anything like ours, Henry enjoyed moving the strawberries from basket to basket, meaning we ended up with quite a lot of bruised fruit. Unfortunately bruised strawberries just don’t go so well with cream, so cooking them into a crumble is the perfect way to get them used up.

The main part of the recipe is based on this BBC Good Food Recipe, and the crumble topping is exactly the same.

This batch is based on five rhubarb sticks and half a punnet of strawberries. Add caster sugar to your taste. If I’m honest I just pour until I’m happy but the main recipe calls for 100g. A good alternative if you want some sweetness but not from sugar is to cook the rhubarb down in a couple of splashes of orange juice.

Cook the rhubarb on a very low heat with the sugar until it starts to soften, then add and mix in the strawberries. You don’t want to add them too early as they are already much softer than the rhubarb.

Whilst it finishes put together the flour, sugar and butter for the crumble topping. Layer the fruit in a pie dish and then cover generously with the crumble topping and bake in a 180 fan oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. You will get some seepage but I think this adds to the charm of crumbles.

Serve with double cream, custard or ice cream.

You can also do a similar dessert with apples and blackberries, or rhubarb and blackberries (I adore blackberries). Or you could try this smoothie recipe the boys made last year.

What’s your favourite recipe for after a Pick Your Own session. 
And if you’re local to Hampshire, make sure you visit Pickwell Farm, it’s honestly the best!

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