Tag summer desserts

A Mother’s Day Treat: Tiny Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Strawberry Rhubarb CrispMature. Refined. Perfectly sweet, but not overly sweet. When I first came upon this teeny dreamy dessert at our spring recipe testing, it was love at first bite. Actually, my slight obsession with the sweet yet tart flavors of strawberry and rhubarb began early in the baking process. Shiny strawberries teased me with juicy promises, while the bright rhubarb whispered tart nothings. I was sure this crisp recipe would be a great treat for grown-ups. And I was not disappointed.

We’ll be making this fantastic recipe with the mamas and families at our fun Mother’s Day Brunch cooking class in San Francisco this weekend. Why not share this recipe with your mama, too?! If you’re lucky enough to live nearby, you can even whip up a batch for her!

Tiny Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Recipe
This recipe can also be found in our dessert recipe library!

Fruit Crisp In Progress

4 cups fresh rhubarb, 1/4-inch diced (about 6 stalks or 1 pound)
4 cups fresh strawberries, (about 2 pounds) hulled and quartered, if large
1 cup demerara sugarJuicy Strawberry
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Parchment paper
Mini baking molds and spoons
or ceramic ramekins for a plated dessert

1/3 cup all-purpose flour (can sub brown rice flour)
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream:
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
Mint for garnish if desired

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Prepare Filling: Dice the rhubarb into 1/4 inch pieces. Hull and quarter the strawberries. In a bowl, toss fruit with the sugar and the orange zest. Dissolve the cornstarch in the orange juice, then mix into the fruit.

Fill molds: Place baking molds on a parchment lined sheet pan (you can use ramekins, if you prefer). Fill the molds 1/4 full and set aside while preparing topping.

Make Topping: In a large bowl, combine all the topping ingredients and pinch them together with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse sand. Evenly sprinkle topping over mini molds.

Whip Cream: In a medium bowl, beat cream, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt until soft peaks form. Place into a decorative bowl and chill until ready to serve.

Serve: Place the crisps and mini spoons on a decorative platter. Serve the whipped cream on the side. Garnish platter with mint.

Makes 25-30 Mini Crisps or 10-12 Full Size Plated Desserts

Recipe created by Parties That Cook® www.PartiesThatCook.com.

Parties That Cook’s Top Ten Summer Dessert Recipes

No meal is complete without the sweet finish line we call dessert. The Parties That Cook team of dedicated taste-testers has rounded up 10 of its favorite dessert recipes for this summer and tempting you with… well, all of them. (Sorry, waistline!) From cool ice cream to warm fruit pies, these Ten Sweet Summer Dessert Recipes will bring a smile to anyone’s face! Happy Baking, Melting, Drizzling, and Devouring! Good luck sharing..

Blueberry Buckle with Aunt Polly’s Hot Cream Sauce
We dare you not to drool. Blueberries are a signature summer snack and they’ve earned their spot as a summer staple in this delicious dessert. Add hot cream sauce (made with cinnamon, vanilla, and butter) over the top of this delicious buckle to heat up cool summer nights.

Blueberry, Raspberry and Peach Dulce De Leche Crisp
This quick and easy dessert will have your guests thinking you’ve spent hours in the kitchen! You better save room for this sweet crisp — wafting aromas and a filling that bubbles over will be impossible to resist! And if you really love Dulce De Leche, be sure to check out our ice cream recipe!

Mint Ice Cream with Scharffen Berger Cocoa Nibs
Take your end-of-meal mints in the form of ice cream, and add a cool ending to a warm summer day. Cocoa nibs give this dessert a bit of a crunch without being too sweet.

Quatro Leches: Sponge Cake with Four Milks and Fresh Strawberries
Your old tres leches recipe has never been so jealous. Adding fresh strawberries and mint to this unbelievably moist cake brings out the refreshing flavors we yearn for on hot summer days.

Raspberry Streusel Bars
Streusels may have become a breakfast phenomenon, but we’re bringing them back to the dessert scene. Try as you might to resist their temptation, and I know from first-hand experience, these bars are deliciously addictive and perfect for any summer get-together.

Seasonal Fruit Potpies
We love a good potpie, but we especially love a sweet, seasonal, summer potpie! Your guests will love these little guys. Not only do you get to include YOUR favorite summer fruit, but these pies are the  perfect size for an individual serving (because who really wants to share their dessert!?).

Warm Lavender Tea Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd
Little did you know, lavender is more than just a candle scent. This light tea cake is the perfect afternoon treat — full of flavor, and yet tastes nothing like your favorite bath soap. The mild lemon curd adds just the right zing to wake up your dull afternoon and pulls this dessert together.

Warm Peach Pudding Cakes with Soft Whipped Cream
Nothing like the pudding snacks your mom packed for your lunch, these pudding cakes are an adult delight. You can’t go wrong with a freshly baked, golden brown, ooey gooey cake (yum!).

Mini Strawberry Pop-Tarts with Lemon Glaze
Continuing on our kick of grown-up treats from our childhood, these mini pop-tarts are single servings of happiness. The lemon glaze adds a nice touch of citrus and sophistication not meant to be shared with children — unless you’re really nice.

Strawberry Ruhbarb Empanadas with Brown Sugar Whipped Crème Fraiche
Bring something new to the table for your next potluck. This made-from-scratch dessert is sure to impress friends and family, neighbors and strangers. Freshly baked dough stuffed to the limit with fresh rhubarb and strawberry filling: Who could resist?

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