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Cobble together rhubarb, strawberries and ginger

Recipe: Fresh fruits in a delicious spring dessert or brunch dish


Cobbler on a yellow plate with a spoon
A fruit cobbler makes a fresh addition to brunch; add ice cream for serving as
dessert. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

Strawberries, rhubarb and raspberries
Trio of red: Strawberries, rhubarb and raspberries blend
well in the cobbler.
Spring's fresh fruit parade has begun, and right up front are strawberries and rhubarb, very different yet so complementary.  This easy (and not-too-sweet) cobbler features them beautifully, and the little biscuits, accented with bits of candied ginger, make the perfect topping.

The biscuits can be made with all-purpose flour, spelt flour, or a combination. Spelt is my new ingredient to play with, so my biscuits included 1/3 cup spelt.  Like anything baked with whole-wheat flour, they will be a little denser than ones made with white flour. The ginger bits I used come premade from a spice company, eliminating the sticky chopping, but use what's available.

The amounts of fruit here are flexible, depending on the size or shape of your baking dish. I used a 9-by-9-inch glass dish, and wound up adding a few more strawberries after the amounts listed below.

Inspired by the original , I also tossed some raspberries in with the other fruit, but they're not required. They do, however, mask some of the color of the cooked strawberries, which are not as bright as uncooked ones. The liquid in the dish might seem to be too much and too thin, but it is ideal for balancing the starchiness of the biscuits.

Enjoy as is or with some ice cream on the side.

Candied ginger in a tablespoons
Candied-ginger bits this size work in the cobbler
biscuits.
Strawberry-rhubarb cobbler with ginger biscuits

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

4 stalks rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch chunks

2 cups (or more) hulled and halved strawberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (optional)

2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or agave nectar (or a combination)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided

Biscuit topping:

1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, spelt flour or a combination

2 tablespoons granulated sugar or coconut sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Biscuits on fruit
Cobblers leave some fruit exposed. Brush the biscuits with a
little milk.
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons diced candied ginger or premade ginger bits

2 tablespoons coconut oil (solid) or margarine

1/2 cup oat milk, nut milk or dairy milk, plus more for brushing

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put all the fruit in the chosen baking dish. Sprinkle the maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla over the fruit, stir well and even out the fruit in the dish.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the solid coconut oil or margarine, rubbing it into the flour mixture with your hands, a fork or a small spatula. The coconut oil pieces should be no larger than peas.

Stir in the candied-ginger pieces.

Stir in the milk and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla just until flour mixture is moistened.

Baked cobbler with serving spoon
Bright red fruit sauce is a feature of this cobbler.
Scoop out a rounded mound of dough with a tablespoon, shape and flatten it slightly, and place on top of the fruit. Repeat until all the dough is used, leaving some of the fruit exposed. Brush the tops of the biscuits with a little more milk.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling all over and the biscuits are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.



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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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