summer has arrived. with a vengeance.
luckily, we can temper the crankiness brought on by heat and humidity with the sweet pucker of strawberries.
i love the classic sweet tart of strawberries and rhubarb. i like my food with balance. not too much one way or the other.
the way a sprinkle of sea salt on dark chocolate brings the sweet and bitter together a little more harmoniously on your tongue.
if it is pink, all the better.
i learned a new technique with this recipe. you put together the dough, chill it, and then grate it into the pan.
the grated dough sandwiches homemade jam of the strawberry rhubarb vanilla bean persuasion. don't be tempted to add something sweeter. it needs a bit of the sour bite of the rhubarb. and the vanilla bean deepens the flavor a bit. i love the almost woody caramel flavor of a real vanilla bean.
grating the frozen dough keeps the butter cold but brings a lightness to the finished cake. because, let us be clear.
if you are looking for the crisp crumble of a walker shortbread cookie, this is not your recipe.
this is cake.
have a bite!