It’s the end of the school year. Where did this last year go? Levi graduated from pre-school this week. Eli is completing 7th grade. And Isaac will be the big cheese on campus next year; he will be in 5th.
Levi’s graduation party included the most fabulous balloon artist, the reptile lady, and lots of face painting. His class was called the rainbow class. Thus I made 12 dozen mini cupcakes – in the shape of a rainbow. I used my basic vanilla cupcake recipe and made my favorite buttercream. Isaac’s friend, Juliette, pointed out that I reversed the order of the colors in the rainbow. I guess it has been a long time since I have painted a rainbow. The 5 year old graduates didn’t seem to complain, nor did their parents.
I really wanted to keep the gift giving simple this year. I am kind of distracted. Eli is being Bar Mitzvah’d in September and I am in full plannig mode. In the throws of designing the invite, pulling photos for the video montage(sniff, sniff), and a long list of other “to-do’s'”, I couldn’t be as creative as I normally am.
Lucky for me I had some pop tart dough in the freezer. Also, lucky for me, I had just made a huge batch of roasted rubarb. I put the two together to create a pretty incredible treat – if I do say so myself. Instead of just wrapping them in cute celophane bags, I did get a tad creative. I honestly don’t recall when or where this idea came from, but I am grateful it had. In our household, summer is a time to garden and plant. These pop tarts are just the beginning of our gardening adventures!
1 lb. fresh rhubarb, trimmed and chopped
1/3 cup sucanat or organic cane sugar
zest of 1/2 an organge
• preheat oven to 400*.
• in a 9×13″ glass dish, combine the rhubarb, sucanat, and orange zest. let flavors blend for 5 minutes.
• cover dish with foil. place in oven for 15 minutes.
• prick the fruit with a fork, if tender and juicy remove from the oven. let cool ever so slightly.
• taste for sweetness. Dorie suggests adding a bit of honey if you want more sweetness. I found it sweet enough and didn’t need the honey. place in a glass jar and store in your fridge.
The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com