Remember earlier this month I had hoped to make a rhubarb dessert with the April Foodland Ontario Calendar recipe of greenhouse pizza? Well, I was finally able to make it this weekend after finding some rhubarb at the market this morning. The season has 'just' now begun so rhubarb should be readily available for the next few weeks.
In fact, the outdoor Covent Garden Market Farmers' Market will re-open for the season this week on Thursday and Saturday. Eco Logic Nursery and Dolway Organic Garden will likely have some rhubarb available. Another ingredient for this month's recipe was maple syrup. At the outdoor market maple syrup can be purchased from Lynch Farms. Inside? Maple syrup can be purchased from either Havaris Produce, Doris Family Produce, or Fraumeni's Fruits and Vegetables.
Ontario Rhubarb Pudding Cake
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 cups Ontario rhubarb, chopped
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
Heat oven to 350F. Coat an 8-inch square glass cake pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl cream the butter with the granulated sugar. In a small bowl sift together the flour with the baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into butter/sugar mixture. It will be crumbly.
Stir rhubarb into mixture, and then scrape all of it into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar over everything.
Stir together the maple syrup and vanilla, pour evenly over the rhubarb mixture, but do not stir.
Place in oven and bake for one hour. Remove from oven; let cool for 20 minutes before eating. Great served warm, with vanilla ice cream (or perhaps a dollop of greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon).
This dessert was definitely a treat. It was super, super sweet and could have actually used half the amount of brown sugar and maple syrup. Next time I'll be sure to adjust the recipe.
For an online version of the Covent Garden Market Calendar see this link: http://www.coventmarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2012-Market-Calendar.pdf
For other blog posts about the Covent Garden Market (and the calendar) see here: http://southwesternontariofoodie.blogspot.com/search/label/Covent%20Garden%20Market
The Covent Garden Market calendar recipe for May will be Grilled Ontario Asparagus Risotto - who doesn't love a great risotto, especially an asparagus risotto? One of my favorites!