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Darlene's Rhubarb Strawberry Coffeecake

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Ingredients

Filling

3 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 quart fresh strawberries, mashed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch


Cake

3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking pwder and 1 teaspoon baking soda, mixed
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine or butter, cut up
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

1/4 cup margarine
2/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar

Instructions

In a large pan, combine rhubarb, strawberries and lemon juice. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 5 mintues. Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat buttermilk, eggs and vanilla; stir into crumb mixture. Spread half of the batter evenly into a greased 13x9-inch baking dish. (Note: Mrs. Johnson says the dish will seem quite full.) Carefully spread filling on top. Drop tablespoons of remaining batter over filling. For topping, melt margarine in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in flour and sugar until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter. Place on middle rack of oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Serves 16 to 20.

Darlene Johnson for "A Taste of Rhubarb, Volume III" (2006, $15).



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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