Recipe for Romance: Rhubarb Crunch

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Welcome to Recipe for Romance!

Let’s get started. I’m sharing a snippet of RUNNING FROM THE TEXAS MILLIONAIRE, book 5 in the Concrete Angels MC series, coming on May 13 2024, TOMORROW. Viper has found a baby and she’s the only one around to care for it. Guess she’s getting a crash course in motherhood. It’s Mother’s Day for those who celebrate and it’s also time for rhubarb to flourish in gardens all over Cheyenne. Great for making Rhurbarb Crunch.

Coming May 13 2024: Running From the Texas Millionaire

“Hang on a moment, let me check something.”

I knew that tone of voice. Neo had discovered something off with this couple, and my gut said it was worse than I imagined. I went over to a tree and kicked the dirt and mud out of my treads before picking my way back to the trailer door, using the rocks to leave no footprints. Then I mounted the steps.

The inside of the trailer was immaculate considering three people lived in it out in the wilderness. The remnants of breakfast sat in the pans on the little cookstove, but the counters were clean and all the excess dishes were stowed. There was no debris on the floor, things like toys or wrappers or even dust bunnies. Everything was in its place. Including the small wiggling bundle on the made bed.

I must have made some sort of sound because the bundle let out an outraged wail and flailing limbs appeared above the pastel flannel blanket. I cooed and glanced around. The only things in the trailer that showed there was a baby was the car seat on the floor beside the bed, a diaper bag full of bottles, formula, diapers, some baby clothes, and another blanket. It looked like the parents had been ready to bug out of there when the killers showed up.

“Oh shit. Viper, you need to get out of there, now.”

“What? Why?” I grabbed the diaper bag and threw the strap over my head as I cradled the phone between my shoulder and ear. Then I unwrapped the wailing bundle and got my first look at the little human in front of me.

“I’ll tell you when you’re safe. Get out of there and leave no trace of you. Call me when you’re home.”

Gluten-Free Rhubarb Crunch

This is a Muir family favorite and now it’s Gluten-Free. Remember, this is a high sugar recipe because of how sour rhubarb is. Recipe below. Happy Making, Happy Baking, Happy Eating, and Happy Reading.

Ingredients for the crust

1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 cup GF 1:1 baking flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each of nutmeg, cloves, cardamom

Mix oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom. Cut in butter with a blender or knife until crumbly. Place half the mixture in an 8-inch square pan.

Ingredients for the filling:

3 – 4 cups diced raw rhubarb
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 Tbsp water

Mix rhubarb with granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water. Spoon over oatmeal mixture in pan. Pat remaining oatmeal mixture over the rhubarb.

Bake at 350 F (177 C) for 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes (the rhubarb will be very hot) then serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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