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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rhubarb Johnnycake

I can barely even keep track of all the wonderful rhubarb recipes I've seen lately.

Beautiful rhubarb stalks by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

From this amazingly inspirational round-up on Punk Domestics to several recipes in Marisa McLellan's brand-new cookbook, Food in Jars (including pickled rhubarb stalks - don't that sound interesting?), to this gorgeous rhubarb crusted crumb pie from Apt. 2B Baking Co. and this uber comforting milk and honey pudding with stewed rhubarb from Autumn Makes & Does, I've been thoroughly overwhelmed by good ideas.

Sliced rhubarb by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

There are so many that I've been at a loss as to where to begin (not to mention that I've had limited time and limited energy -- this whole pregnant with a toddler and a job deal does kinda take it out of you...)

Rhubarb with sugar and ginger by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

But then I saw this recipe for rhubarb johnnycake pop up on The Hudson Valley Food Network's Seasonal Eating page and I sprang into action!

Local sourcream, local eggs by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

You see, I have been wanting to make this simple yet scrumptious cake since I tasted it at the Woodstock Farm Festival committee meeting a few weeks ago.

Cake batter and macerated rhubarb with ginger meet by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

The recipe comes from Cheryl Pfaff, an excellent local cook and caterer who has served as the farmer's market manager here in Woodstock for the last few years. Check out her blog, At The Farmer's Market for tons of mouth-watering recipes that feature local, seasonal ingredients. My only complaint was that she did not make two of these cakes since we were fighting over the slices at the meeting...

Rhubarb Johnnycake by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

For those of you in this neck of the woods, don't forget to come out for the first Farm Fest of the season next Wednesday, May 30th in the Houst parking lot - 3 PM 'til dark. There should be plenty of fresh, local rhubarb for sale!

Rhubarb Johnnycake by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

As John Hodgman would say, "You're welcome." Enjoy.

Rhubarb Johnnycake
By Cheryl Pfaff of At The Farmer's Market


* 2 cups sliced rhubarb
* 3 Tbsp raw sugar
* 1/4 tsp ground ginger
* 1 cup corn flour
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1/2 cup raw sugar
* 1 stick of unsalted butter – softened
* 2 eggs (use local, free range, organic if you can get 'em)
* 2 Tbsp sour cream
 * 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 9” springform pan.

2. Toss the sliced rhubarb with 3 Tbsp of sugar and the ginger. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the corn flour, baking powder and salt.

4. In a separate bowl, beat 1/2 cup sugar with the butter until creamy. Beat in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.

5. Add the corn flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir just enough to combine. Pour the batter into the cake pan. Arrange the rhubarb slices on top of the batter and sprinkle the top with a little sugar.

6. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve. Goes great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Susan from Food Blogga said...

This is my kind of dessert — fruity, simple, rustic. I'm marking this one.

autumn said...

Thanks for the mention! A rhubarb dessert with a name like "johnnycake," is right up my alley.