Sometimes a person just needs to bake something to make the house feel homey. It's a drizzly day and the bungalow has a chill about it so I headed to the freezer to find a bag of frozen rhubarb. I checked the rhubarb in the garden not so long ago and it will be quite some time before we make anything with the fresh rhubarb. Not to worry, it tastes just fine from frozen.
I'm not sure what Platz really means translated. It's a German word. Maybe some wonderful Mennonite cook can help me out with that. It is basically a batter topped with fruit and crumbs. It's quick as can be with a food processor but it won't take long if you have a pastry blender either.
The crumbs don't need to be completely uniform, but you don't want any chunks of butter left either.
Bake it until it is golden brown in the top third of the oven. This is important so that the bottom doesn't over bake and get too brown.
You can fill it with any fruit but my favorite is Rhubarb or Italian Plums. We like it best with a tart fruit.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9X13 pan.
In the food processor put . .
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 cup butter
- Combine until crumbly or cut the butter into the above ingredients with a pastry blender
- Add in 1/2 cup milk
- 1 fresh egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Spread into the prepared pan
- Top with diced fresh or frozen fruit of your choice
- Make the topping . . .
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of butter . . melted
- 1 1/2 cup of sugar
- Combine the flour sugar and butter to make crumbs and sprinkle over the fruit.
- Bake until golden brown . . about 30 minutes.
Invite some friends over for some Platz and tea. You will have taken the chill off the kitchen and that is where every one wants to be. The whole house will smell homey. I'm off to warm the tea pot . . friends are on their way.