Spring Enchanted Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

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Nothing says Spring like a harvest of fresh rhubarb.  And nothing creates such a homey welcome as the aroma of a freshly baked strawberry-rhubarb cobbler.  Cobbler is an unpretentious, down-to-earth kind of dessert— very forgiving in it’s construction, as it’s  virtually impossible to mess up.  It’s great for the first time home baker, or to make with the kids.  It’s the kind that of dessert you serve around the kitchen table over a cup of coffee and a good chat with a friend.  This one is succulent— with a butter rich crust, and agave syrup instead of sugar to inspire any Spring health kicks marinating on the sidelines.  The option of a lavender infusion adds lovely floral notes that go especially well with the mix.  Serve it with honey for added sweetness and lavender-rose tea.   

The Coastal Insider
Crust Ingredients
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¼ cup lavender infused milk (or regular milk, instructions to follow)
  • 1 Tbs dried lavender
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Filling Ingredients
  • 4 cups of fresh rhubarb, washed, and chopped
  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup agave syrup

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease an 8 inch baking dish and set aside.  In a small saucepan, scald the milk (heating just until almost boiling, but not quite).  Remove from the heat, add the dried lavender, cover and steep for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool. 

In a large bowl, mix the filling ingredients together and let sit for 20-30 minutes to bring out the juices.  In another large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and sea salt together.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or your fingers.  Add the lavender infused milk, the egg, and the vanilla extract, and mix until just incorporated. 

Pour the filling into the baking dish and spoon the topping over it.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

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