Don't you just love a relaxing morning without any deadlines? One of my favorite things to do on summer mornings is to share breakfast in the sunroom with my family - just enjoying the quiet, the birds chirping, and having a relaxing start to the day.
I also have a wee bit of rhubarb available from the garden, so it's a perfect time to whip up a quick Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake! This is so tender, buttery and just the perfect touch of tart sweetness with the fresh juicy strawberries and tender rhubarb.
One of the things I learned quickly in my baking days is that when adding fruit to a recipe, don't overload it with anything extra - as hard as that is! I always have to resist the impulse to just add in a few "extra" pieces of fruit! The delicate batter of crumb cakes and coffee cakes can only "hold" so much before it will collapse. Another trick is to give your fresh fruit a quick dusting of flour to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of your baked product (especially true for muffins).
For this recipe, the strawberries and rhubarb are placed on TOP of the cake batter, and then topped with the streusel topping. Drizzled with a light and delicate vanilla glaze, this crumb cake is perfect in every way!
Time to get a cup of coffee and share a piece with the gang!
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