Rhubarb Cherry Hibiscus Crumble

July 10, 2013

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

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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

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Horto July 14, 2014
em-i-lis July 15, 2014
sure! i hope you enjoy it! just ate the last of my most recent batch last night. :)
Horto July 14, 2014
loose tea
or brewed?
em-i-lis July 14, 2014
lapadia August 1, 2013
Used up our final rhubarb to make this for my dad's 94th birthday party, it was enjoyed by all!
em-i-lis August 1, 2013
I'm so glad, lapadia! Thanks for letting me know, and happy birthday to your dad!!
Lindsay-Jean H. July 12, 2013
My final rhubarb harvest was just put to very very good use.
em-i-lis July 12, 2013
Oh yay!!
healthierkitchen July 11, 2013
Looks fabulous, Emily!
em-i-lis July 11, 2013
Thank you, wendy!!! hope you're having a good summer!
EmilyC July 10, 2013
Loved this from the beginning and still do! Big congrats!
em-i-lis July 11, 2013
Oh, thanks, Emily!!! I appreciate it!!!
hardlikearmour July 10, 2013
Wow! This is a gorgeous crisp. Congratulations!
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
Thank you so much, HLA!!!
Laura S. July 10, 2013
Good job Emily! You have a way with rhubarb. This will be on my list to try. So pleased they brought this recipe forward.
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
Thank you so very much, l!!! I'm very flattered!
dymnyno July 10, 2013
Congratulations! I have been eyeing this recipe for a while and if I can find any cherries and rhubarb, I'll make it soon.
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
I really appreciate your congrats, dymnyno! And if you can make it, I hope you enjoy it!
Carlie July 10, 2013
That sounds amazing.
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
Thank you, Carlie!!
Devangi R. July 10, 2013
This looks delicious Em-i-lis. love the addition of hibiscus..
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
Thanks a million, pistachiodoughnut!
krusher July 10, 2013
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.
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
Thank you so very much, krusher! You could definitely give frozen rhubarb a whirl!
Marian B. July 10, 2013
This. Was. So. Good.
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
Thank you so much, Marian! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!
fiveandspice July 10, 2013
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! :)
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
Thank you so much, Emily! What a sweet note of congrats!! I really appreciate it. :)
Sugartoast July 10, 2013
Congrats, honey! Looks heavenly!!
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
thank you so much, sweet pal!
aargersi July 10, 2013
Congrats! It looks fantastic!!!
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
thank you so much, abbie!
lapadia July 10, 2013
I love sweet & tart, mouthwatering, delicious! Congrats on the WC...
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
many thanks, lapadia!!
em-i-lis July 10, 2013
oh my gosh, y'all, thank you. i'm so surprised and very flattered!