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Martha Bakes: Updated Classics Episode

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe you can actually improve upon your favorite desserts but Martha proves you can. On today’s show, Martha teaches us how to replace the usual ingredients with more wholesome substitutes in three updated classics: luscious rhubarb and raspberry rye crisps, as trendy as they are delicious, flaky buttermilk barley biscuits, and a lofty spelt layer cake lightened with whipped cream and berries. Recipes that are sure to become family favorites!

This Week’s Recipe

Rhubarb and Raspberry Rye Crisp


Make Martha Stewart's Rhubarb and Raspberry Rye Crisp recipe from the Updated Classics episode of Martha Bakes.



  • 1 ½ pounds rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  • ½ pint fresh or thawed frozen raspberries
  • 2/3 cup natural cane sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest plus juice of 1 orange
  • ½ cup rye flour
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, toasted, skinned, and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • Ice cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together rhubarb, raspberries, cane sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, and the orange zest and juice.
  2. In another bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup all-purpose four, the rye flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Rub butter into flour mixture using your fingers or a pastry blender until it is well incorporated and large crumbs form. Stir in oats and nuts.
  3. Turn rhubarb filling into a 9-inch square baking dish (or other 1 ½ quart baking dish), and cover with topping. Bake, rotating dish halfway through, until topping is browned and crisp and juices are bubbling in the center, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving with ice cream, if desired. (Crisp is best served that day it’s made.)


Reprinted from A New Way to Bake: Classic Recipes Updated with Better-for-You Ingredients from the Modern Pantry by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright © 2017 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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