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I'm a lifelong recipe collector. I started with this recipe when I was seven years old. A neighbor served this dish and the next day, I walked up the street to her log cabin and asked for the recipe. She graciously shared! (I take it as a compliment when someone asks for the recipe and always supply it upon request)
I love the combination of rhubarb and strawberries, here's my recipe for strawberry rhubarb jam. The tartness of the rhubarb makes the strawberries all the sweeter, like biting into summer no matter what time of year you eat it.
This recipe is so easy, but the most important part is don't stir it!
Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake
4 cups diced rhubarb
1/4 sugar (I use raw organic cane sugar)
1 small 3oz package strawberry jello
1 cup cold water
Homemade Cake Mix
1 and 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Grease a 9×13 baking dish and place rhubarb in pan, sprinkle sugar over it, then jello. Thoroughly mix your dry cake ingredients together and sprinkle evenly over rhubarb. Pour water over all of this and dot with 3 tablespoons chopped butter. Don’t stir!
Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Serve this warm by itself, or add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. My husband says the rhubarb counts as a vegetable and eats it for breakfast, too.
A great way to keep rhubarb for baking all year long is to chop it up and freeze it in a plastic freezer bag or freezable container. You may want to cut the water to 2/3 cup if you use frozen rhubarb.
What is your favorite handed down recipe?
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.