Winner of the Springtime Cake Contest Contest

Great Spring Rhubarb Coffee Cake


By JANE LOUISE lovinspoonful

I remember my grandmother eating that bunch of "weeds" that grew by the garage. I hated the flavor back then...too sour. Her rhubarb pie went begging as far as I was concerned. However, my tastes have changed over the years and I actually enjoy rhubarb sweets and especially if combined with strawberries! THis coffee cake recipe isn't as dry as most coffee cakes because of the added fruit. It has a nice flavor. If you really don't like rhubarb , blueberries, raspberries, etc. will also work. But, come adventurous! Grandma would be proud of me. Oh, that she were still around to share a piece with me...

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This delectable coffee cake is the GRAND PRIZE Winner of the Just A Pinch Recipe Club Springtime Cake Contest! More than one member became a rhubarb fan after trying a slice of this lightly sweet and fruity recipe. It would be perfect in the morning with a rich cup o' joe, or an ideal finish to a light summer meal. Go team rhubarb!

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1/3 c softened butter
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1 c sugar
1 egg beaten
1t vanilla
1 c milk or buttermilk ( i use buttermilk but no big deal)
2 c flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (yes, 1tablespoon)
1/2 t salt
3 1/2 c frozen or fresh fruit of choice, thawed and drained
1 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c melted butter
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2 t cinnamon
1/2 c finely chopped walnuts or pecans
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About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Collection: Member's Choice
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
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    Carrie Stiefvater carrie1106 - Mar 29, 2010
    Cannot wait to try!!! My grandmother loved rhubarb too!!
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    Jan Mullikin jmulliki - Jun 9, 2010
    Congratulations, Jane! I won the first contest with the soup and am so excited for you! You're going to have a blast and the shopping trip is just amazing. The cooking show is a lot of fun and you'll really have a chance to meet some great people. Enjoy your prize and trip! (I can't wait to make this recipe! I'm like you--never liked rhubarb as a child, but now rather enjoy it.)
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    JANE LOUISE lovinspoonful - Jun 9, 2010
    Thanks Jan for your comment! I can't a kid at Christmas.
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    Michelle Waco Mommydiva - Jun 12, 2010
    I am so looking forward o making this. I am always looking for a good rhubarb coffecake/buckel/crumble recipe. My Grandma always made this and it has a fond spot for me too. I LOVE just about anything rhubarb! Thank you for posting afab looking recipe! I JUST CAN'T WAIT!!!
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    Gloria Ballog GloAngel24 - Jun 14, 2010
    Congratulations, This is my first time on here, and I am so excited about checking out all the recipes. Have a great time in Nashville, I have a very close friend Sharmain who is performing there, tell her I said hi if you see her, we are on facebook, so I can introduce you on facebook if you want. I am also from Mich. This is what I was thinking about making, and here it is the receipe, and a contest winner to boot. This is my lucky day. God Bless, looking forward to trying it soon. I will be looking forward to your other receipes.