Strawberry Rhubarb Cornbread and a Bumblebee

Whenever I worry about the world, which, lately, is a lot, I am reassured by the life in my garden, which goes on unperturbed. The bees buzz, the birds swoop, and spring always returns. So here I offer some bumblebees gathering pollen from perennial comfrey flowers, in a little world where all is well.

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The flower below is a wildflower called bladder campion, and is as elegant as a flower could be. I wish I could say that I had a great idea and planted it myself, but I think the wind planted it.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cornbread

If you have rhubarb growing in your garden, right now you have a lot of it, and so here is a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cornbread that can help use it up. This is a bread that’s as simple as a spring morning–nothing high falutin about it. It’s light, sweet and moist, with tart nuggets of both strawberry and rhubarb. I was surprised by this bread–it really is as light as a feather, and cuts beautifully.

Tastes so good with a pat of butter!

Strawberry Rhubarb Cornbread

IMG_56643/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 (8-1/2-oz) packages corn muffin mix
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 cup chopped fresh rhubarb

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9″ square or 7 x 11″ pan and line with parchment paper. Lightly grease again. Combine sour cream, sugar, milk and eggs in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in muffin mix just until moistened–the batter will still be lumpy. Gently stir in chopped strawberries and rhubarb.

Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with butter, if desired.

Baking notes: This is one recipe where I wouldn’t use low fat sour cream or milk. Cornmeal is a plain flavor, and benefits from the richness of full fat ingredients. I chopped the fruit into small dice–about 1/3″ cubes. Use strawberries that are ripe, but not at all mushy. This bread tastes good warm or cool. I can see it as an unusual, but good, side dish to baked, roasted or barbecued chicken, along with coleslaw.


Seen in the garden–our cat Puff, enjoying the beautiful weather.


Lastly, meadow rue is in full bloom, looking lacy and lovely! Peace, Fran



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