Yes, rhubarb. I guess it's my turn to be the picky one. I have never been drawn to rhubarb. My whole life, I've never felt the need to try it. Sure, it looks like celery, and I love celery. But it looks like red celery! Weird!
Plus, I've never felt drawn to fruit based desserts. I mean, I'll eat them. But I don't crave them. Chocolate, I crave. I guess if you gave me a choice between a pecan, meringue, or some other type of pie and a fruit pie, I will always choose something else instead of the fruit pie.
Ok, so this humble little strawberry rhubarb thing just proved how wrong I can be. I guess Picky isn't the only picky one. But I will say that I will no longer shun rhubarb. I think with the right ingredients, and paired with the right complementary fruit, it can taste transcendent. So call me a rhubarb convert!
More likely it had to do with the pecans and all the brown sugar though.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pecan Loaf
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
I didn't have any rum on hand so I ended up leaving it out. But I imagine that adding it in would make this taste even more phenomenal! Plus, this is one of the easiest recipes I've ever made. Make it now!
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup diced rhubarb
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 to 3 1/2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Beat together the brown sugar, vegetable oil, egg, vanilla and rum. Combine the flours, salt and baking soda; stir. Add dry ingredients to first mixture with the sour cream. Stir in strawberries, rhubarb and pecans.
Spread into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan — the batter will be very thick. Combine topping ingredients except the pecans, they should be thick and clumpy; add the pecans last and sprinkle over the loaf.
Bake at 350° for about 55 to 65 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.