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How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce
Make a Vintage Favorite
Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce is as easy to make as it is tasty. In the spring, fresh rhubarb and juicy strawberries are easy to find in the markets, but this recipe tastes just as scrumptious when made with frozen ingredients.
What's more, the finished sauce freezes well, so you can enjoy it any time of the year!
When my great aunt made this, the biggest challenge was whether to enjoy it over ice cream or over angel food cake. Oh, go ahead - serve it with both!
What's your favorite way to eat strawberries and rhubarb?
2 lbs of rhubarb ribs
1 cup of water
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 lbs of strawberries
1 whole lemon
Step 1: Prepare the Rhubarb
Clean and trim the rhubarb, removing any leaves.
Cut the ribs into pieces which are one to one and a half inches in length.
Put the pieces in a large pot.
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Step 2: Cook the Rhubarb
Add the water and the granulated sugar to the pot and stir to combine.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Cook the it for about 20 minutes, until the ribs have broken down.
Step 3: Add the Strawberries and Lemon Zest
Meanwhile, clean and trim the strawberries. Cut the them in half. Slice large berries into thirds.
Zest the entire lemon.
Add the berries and lemon zest to the cooked rhubarb and stir to combine. Continue cooking the sauce for 5 to 7 minutes, until the berries are softened but not broken apart.
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Step 4: Finish the Sauce
Remove the sauce from the heat.
Cut the zested lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice into the sauce. Stir the sauce.
Allow the sauce to cool. Chill it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Serving Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce
The sauce is wonderful over angel food cake or pound cake and makes a delicious ice cream topping.
But, it's not just for dessert. It's an inspired topping for waffles and pancakes, too.
Don't tell anyone, but you can eat it by the spoonful, as a side dish, just like applesauce.
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