Wildcard Winner

Rhubarb Cherry Hibiscus Crumble

By • July 10, 2013 • 33 Comments

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Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: Rhubarb, meet cherry. A crumble to make this very instant, in the short time they have together.

Rhubarb Cherry Hibiscus Crumble from Food52

WHO: Em-i-lis is a mom, cook, and writer living in Washington, DC.

WHAT: A sweet-tart, nutty crumble -- with hibiscus for je ne sais quoi.

HOW: Toss your fruit and hibiscus with some sugar, let it roast, then top with your whole wheat flour-oat-almond topping and bake until runny and toasty.  

WHY WE LOVE IT: This is the perfect dessert to bake in the fleeting moments that rhubarb and cherries' seasons overlap; rhubarb's tartness tames the cherries' sweetness, and the hibiscus keeps you digging your spoon in until the whole thing is magically gone. 

Rhubarb Cherry Hibiscus Crumble by em-i-lis

Makes one 8x8-inch crumble

For the fruit filling

6 cups chopped rhubarb (around 3/4-inch cubes), divided
20 Bing cherries, pitted and halved
1 cup packed brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons hibiscus tea tea

For the topping

1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cups rolled oats (not quick- or instant)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cups sliced almonds
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinches salt
6 tablespoons butter 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: wildcard, wildcard winner, crumble, summer, dessert, cherry, rhubarb, hibiscus

Comments (33)

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9 months ago lapadia

Used up our final rhubarb to make this for my dad's 94th birthday party, it was enjoyed by all!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm so glad, lapadia! Thanks for letting me know, and happy birthday to your dad!!

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9 months ago Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

My final rhubarb harvest was just put to very very good use.

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh yay!!

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9 months ago healthierkitchen

Looks fabulous, Emily!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, wendy!!! hope you're having a good summer!

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9 months ago EmilyC

Loved this from the beginning and still do! Big congrats!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, thanks, Emily!!! I appreciate it!!!

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9 months ago hardlikearmour

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Wow! This is a gorgeous crisp. Congratulations!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, HLA!!!

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9 months ago Laura Shubert

Good job Emily! You have a way with rhubarb. This will be on my list to try. So pleased they brought this recipe forward.

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so very much, l!!! I'm very flattered!

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9 months ago dymnyno

Congratulations! I have been eyeing this recipe for a while and if I can find any cherries and rhubarb, I'll make it soon.

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I really appreciate your congrats, dymnyno! And if you can make it, I hope you enjoy it!

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9 months ago Carlie

That sounds amazing.

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, Carlie!!

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9 months ago PistachioDoughnut

This looks delicious Em-i-lis. love the addition of hibiscus..

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks a million, pistachiodoughnut!

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9 months ago krusher

Reading your baking recipes and those of other great bakers on food52 has been making me want to begin to explore that wondrous world you all so enjoy. This is the recipe that will kick start my own emerging baking experience. I love rhubarb and cherries. It is not cherry season here in Australia but I did see cases of US cherries in our local supermarket. Thanks for this amazing recipe. James Ransom's photograph is a fantastic as well.

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so very much, krusher! You could definitely give frozen rhubarb a whirl!

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9 months ago Marian Bull

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This. Was. So. Good.

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, Marian! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!

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9 months ago sdebrango

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Congratulations Em, so happy to see this delicious recipe in the winners circle. Well deserved.

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, Suzanne!

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9 months ago fiveandspice

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Way to go Em! I just saw this amongst the entries to the crisps, etc. contest earlier today, and thought to myself that looks like a winner. And here it is already! :)

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, Emily! What a sweet note of congrats!! I really appreciate it. :)

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9 months ago Sugartoast

Congrats, honey! Looks heavenly!!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

thank you so much, sweet pal!

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9 months ago aargersi

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Congrats! It looks fantastic!!!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

thank you so much, abbie!

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9 months ago lapadia

I love sweet & tart, mouthwatering, delicious! Congrats on the WC...

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

many thanks, lapadia!!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

oh my gosh, y'all, thank you. i'm so surprised and very flattered!