(You can see the edge of the 'old house' on the left)While our lives changed that day, the basics of the family did not. I am grateful. My dad continued to hold down a full time job while tending the farm. Hereford cattle always, accompanied by stints of chickens, pigs, goats, and a Shetland pony named Silver, all who passed through the doors of our big ol' barn. We had a big garden and ate like kings all summer long. How Dad managed it all, I'll never know. He's my super hero.
One of the best parts of the summer garden for me was when the rhubarb was ready. Mom would make rhubarb sauce and I could hardly wait to dive into the sweet pink concoction. Another recipe she would make was my Grandma's rhubarb cake, though I'm sure it's a recipe that floated around the community.
After a couple years of hits and (mostly) misses I finally have a couple rhubarb plants in the back yard that are doing well. Guess what's on my agenda?
Babe's Rhubarb Cake
9x13" pan, ungreased
Fill pan 3/4 full of sliced (1/4"-1/2" thick) rhubarb mixed with 2 cups sugar and a little cinnamon, to taste.
Add 1/2 c. water to the pan.
Drizzle 1 c. melted butter over top of cake mix. (Now we know why it's good...)
Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until done.
(Ignore the mess around the edges of the pan, please! When I took it out of the oven and sat it on the stove it nearly slid off onto the floor!! Thank goodness for quick reflexes and an apron to keep me from getting burned! Yike!)
**This cake can also be made with fresh prunes. It takes about 36. If prunes are used, omit water except for a few drops. (I have never tried this, but grew up with lots of prune trees in the yard...figures mom gave it a go!)
My Notes: I used an 8x8" pan and cut this recipe in half.
Hope you enjoy this cake, it's simple with not many ingredients. I have 2 or 3 others that are quite similar that I'd like to try. Maybe I'll do an analysis on which one is my favorite when I'm done. Won't happen right now though, still "suppose" to be eating healthy. Bummer....
...And don't be afraid of Rhubarb! So what if it's green...and pink. Once sugared up it's wonderful!!!!
I'm hoping to add a photo of "the old house" to this post soon. I think my sister may have one, if not...it's time to sweet talk my bro into some scanning duty. He'll love it. Yes, he will...
Off to rummage through old photos...