Sunday, February 4, 2007

Rhubarb Platz

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.
Rhubarb Platz
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9X13 pan.
In the food processor put . .
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. Combine until crumbly or cut the butter into the above ingredients with a pastry blender
  6. Add in 1/2 cup milk
  7. 1 fresh egg
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla
  9. Spread into the prepared pan
  10. Top with diced fresh or frozen fruit of your choice
  11. Make the topping . . .
  12. 1 1/2 cups of flour
  13. 1/2 cup of butter . . melted
  14. 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  15. Combine the flour sugar and butter to make crumbs and sprinkle over the fruit.
  16. 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.

11 comments:

  1. You are so right, Lovella. This kind of weather screams "dessert"! Yours looks yummy! I like the contrast between the sweet and sour you get when you use rhubarb as the fruit.

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  2. Well, by now you've probably guessed that when I see your comment on Julene's blog, I go and check out what you're up to, since that's how I can get to your blog. I was so surprised to see the tomato soup recipe ... of course I still make that soup, but it's been a very long time since I made it with puff pastry ... whom was I trying to impress, anyways? You have a way of making food sound so extra good! Thanks for sharing a memory that I've forgotten about.

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  3. I am loving the main page of your blog. It looks like a really pretty magazine, the kind you curl up with a good cup of tea and read on a rainy day or with the sun beating down on your front porch...yep, I like it!!

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  4. Usually I don't like rhubarb but last year, my friend made apple and rhubarb pie and I even went back for seconds!
    This looks delicious too.

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  5. Oh, and it was!!! Thanks so much for the delightful evening!

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  6. mmm.. you're making me hungry! now you have also made me want to know where the word platz originated. because in german platz means place.. hmm.. interesting. if i find anything in my investigations i will let you know!

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  7. The german word for plate is platte...wonder if platz is just "how it sounded?" Or if it is German/Dutch?
    Your friends are lucky to have you cooking up a lovely tea for them. My darlin' husband adores rhubarb, and I try to remember to make HIS favorite instead of always mine...
    And ditto to the max on jennie's comment!

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  8. I'll store the recipe away and when I have my over abundance of rhubarb come summer I'll be ready this time! Looks delicious!

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  9. now my mouth is watering for my mom's rhubarb platz...i don't believe i've ever seen rhubarb sold here in southern cali, but will have to be on the lookout next time i'm at the store.

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  10. Hi Lovella, platz is German for place so because platz is baked with fruit 'frucht' or 'obst' then platz is literally the 'place' where you put it.. and 'frucht platz' has just been shortened to platz.

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