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You know it's spring when you start to see rhubarb popping up in the supermarket. That's about the time we begin making endless rhubarb crumbles and crisps and custard tarts.
Rhubarb is technically a vegetable, but it responds best when treated as a fruit – adding a little sugar results in a taste as sweet as any summer berry! While it’s often paired with strawberries, rhubarb is also lovely on its own.
Rhubarb is packed with minerals, vitamins, organic compounds, and other nutrients that make it ideal for keeping our bodies healthy. Some of these precious components are dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, B complex vitamins, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.

Lemon rhubarb mousse   Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time:30 minutes

For rhubarb mousse:
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup water
1 cup Rhubarb puree, well chilled **
1/2 cup whipping cream, beaten to stiff peaks

For lemon mousse:
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed, and strained
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 1/2 cups cool whip, lite
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the rhubarb purée:
3/4 cup rhubarb pieces, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup mashed strawberries or raspberries

Lemon rhubarb mousse

Preparation:

For rhubarb mousse:
Soften gelatin in water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Heat over low heat to dissolve.
In a mixing bowl, combine the gelatin with the rhubarb puree.
Fold in the whipped cream.

For lemon mousse:

Soften gelatin in water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Heat over low heat to dissolve. In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon rind, juice and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add gelatin. Cool mixture but do not set.
Beat the cream with the sugar until stiff. Fold into the lemon mixture.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar to a stiff peak. Fold into the lemon mousse.

For the rhubarb purée:

In a heavy medium saucepan, combine rhubarb and sugar. Cover mixture and let stand for 2 hours or more.
Cook rhubarb over low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir in strawberries.
Cool completely. Cover puree and chill until ready to serve.

To assemble:
alternate layers of rhubarb and lemon mousse in parfait glasses, wine glasses, or glass serving bowl. Refrigerate before serving.

Raspberry-rhubarb custard tart   Print Recipe

Serves: 10

Preparation time:40 minutes

Cooking time:1 hour

Pastry:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup ground almonds
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Filling:
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon ground almonds
1 tablespoon Brandy, Grand Marnier or rum
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

Raspberry-rhubarb custard tart

Preparation:

For Pastry:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour with sugar, almonds, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl or food processor. Add butter and vanilla. Cut butter into flour mixture until crumbly.
Set aside 2/3 cup of this mixture.
Press remaining flour mixture evenly over bottom of an ungreased 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom or a springform pan, pressing about 1 inch up sides to form a shell if you like.
Bake on bottom rack of oven until pale golden, from 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool on a rack. Turn oven temperature down to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk cream with egg, sugar, flour, almonds, brandy and vanilla.
In another bowl, toss raspberries with rhubarb. Scatter evenly over baked crust.
Drizzle cream mixture over top. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture evenly over top. Bake until custard is just set, from 35 to 40 minutes.
For a golden finish on crumble, turn on broiler and broil until topping is golden, from 1 to 2 minutes.
Serve warm or room temperature.

Rhubarb and berry coffee cake   Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:1 hour

1/2 cup each chopped rhubarb and chopped apples
1/2 cup each raspberries and blueberries
3/4 cup white sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon each salt and nutmeg
1/4 cup each butter and shortening, cubed
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
2 eggs
1 cup plain Balkan style yogurt
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Rhubarb and berry coffee cake

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease 9-inch springform pan; line bottom with parchment or waxed paper.
Mix together rhubarb, apples, raspberries, blueberries and 2 tablespoons of the sugar.
Stir together flour, 1/2 cup of the remaining sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
Cut in butter and shortening until fine crumbs form. Stir in lemon rind. Make well in center.
Beat eggs with yogurt; pour into well and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Spoon half of the batter into prepared pan.
Arrange fruit over top, leaving 1-inch border uncovered. Spoon remaining batter evenly over top, spread to cover fruit.
Brush with butter; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake on baking sheet in center of oven for about 1 hour or until golden brown. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove side of pan and cool completely.

Rhubarb and red wine jelly  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:10 minutes

8 ounces rhubarb, cut into cubes
1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and sliced
2 ounces sugar
4 teaspoons lemon juice juice of 1 orange
1 1/2 cups red wine
2 tablespoons water
3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

Rhubarb and red wine jelly

Preparation:

In a saucepan, put rhubarb, ginger, and sugar, lemon juice and orange juice, and wine.
Boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until rhubarb is tender.
Strain mixture through a medium mesh strainer, then through a fine strainer to obtain a clear liquid.
Dissolve gelatin in water. Set for 5 minutes. Melt over low heat. Stir in the rhubarb liquid.
Pour mixture into a 2 1/2 pint jelly mold. Refrigerate until set. Dip mold in warm water and invert over a platter to unmold.

Rhubarb and strawberry crisp  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes

5 cups diced rhubarb
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Topping:
1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup large-flake rolled oats
1/2 cup butter, melted

Rhubarb and strawberry crisp

Preparation:

Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
Place in a greased 9-inch baking dish. Topping:
Combine flour, sugar, oats and butter. Sprinkle over rhubarb mixture.
Bake until fruit is tender and topping, golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb cobbler  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time:20 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes

6 cups diced rhubarb
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Topping:
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk

Rhubarb cobbler

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine rhubarb, sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
Place in a greased 9-inch by 2-inch deep in a baking dish.
Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
Topping:
In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add butter and milk stirring just to form a dough.
Drop tablespoons of dough on top of rhubarb.
Bake at 400 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Rhubarb compote  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time:15 minutes

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
6 strips orange peel
1 cinnamon stick
8 cups cut rhubarb

Rhubarb compote

Preparation:

In a heavy non reactive saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to boil.
Lower heat and simmer 15 minutes or until tender.
Remove from heat, discard cinnamon stick and orange peel.
Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Rhubarb crisp  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes

6 cups rhubarb, diced
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:
1/2 flour
1 cup oat meal
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter

Rhubarb crisp

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine rhubarb, brown sugar, butter, flour and cinnamon.
Spoon into a buttered medium casserole dish.

For topping:
Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly over rhubarb mixture.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Test center to make sure rhubarb is cooked.

Rhubarb crumb bars  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time:25 minutes

Cooking time:1 hour

FOR THE STREUSEL
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus room-temperature butter for pan
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
FOR THE CAKE
1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Rhubarb crumb bars

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Butter and flour parchment and pan, tapping out excess flour.
2. Make streusel: Whisk together butter, brown sugar, and salt. Add flour and mix with a fork until large crumbs form. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3. Make cake: In a medium bowl, combine rhubarb, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup flour. In another medium bowl, whisk 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, one at a time. With mixer on low, beat in vanilla, then flour mixture. Spread batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle with rhubarb and top with streusel.
4. Bake cake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift cake from pan. Cut into 16 bars.

Rhubarb custard pie  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:50 minutes

1 recipe never fail pie crust
4 cup diced rhubarb
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 tablespoon flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
Sugar to sprinkle over crust

Rhubarb custard pie

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Divide pie crust in two equal batches.
Roll the dough into a round 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface,
drape it over a rolling pin, and fit it into a 10-inch pie dish.
Press the dough firmly into the pan and cut off any excess with
the floured rolling pin.
Reserve the other dough half and refrigerate.
Pour boiling water over rhubarb and let stand about 5 minutes.
Drain off water. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt.
Add beaten eggs, salt and vanilla.
Blend into drained rhubarb.
Fill pie crust. Cover with a top crust.
Pierce holes with fork.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes.
Sprinkle top with sugar while pie is still hot.

Note: The recipe may be fully prepared and frozen unbaked.

Rhubarb ice cream  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooking time:30 minutes

1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, about 3 1/2 cups
1 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
2/3 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream

Rhubarb ice cream

Preparation:

In a saucepan, combine rhubarb and 3/4 cup sugar. Cover and cook over low heat until rhubarb releases its juices, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until most of water evaporates and rhubarb has a soft jam like consistency, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Whisk egg yolks lightly. In a saucepan, combine milk and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil. Gradually whisk milk mixture into yolks. Return to saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Using a fine-meshed sieve, strain into a bowl.
Add rhubarb mixture and cream. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight.
Freeze in an ice-cream maker to manufacturer's instructions. (Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Taste)

Rhubarb pithiviers   Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:20 minutes

10 ounces rhubarb, trimmed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup blanched ground almonds
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons sour cream
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon Cognac
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 sheets phyllo dough
2 1/2 teaspoons unsalted melted butter
1 egg yolk
Strawberry sauce:
1 pint ripe strawberries, hulled
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar

Rhubarb pithiviers

Preparation:

Peel rhubarb. Cut into ¼-inch slices.
Place in a mixing bowl with sugar. Set aside for 1 hour.
In a mixing bowl, combine almonds, sugar, cornstarch, sour cream, egg yolk, cognac and vanilla.
Drain rhubarb, press to remove liquid, and blend into custard mixture.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut phyllo leaves across in halves. Place one sheet on a buttered baking sheet.
Brush with melted butter. Repeat and stack 2 more sheets. Spoon rhubarb over phyllo, leaving 1-inch border unfilled.
Brush the edge of pastry with egg yolk. Cover with 3 more buttered sheets of phyllo.
Trim off the pastry edges, leaving a neat 8-to-10 inch circle.
Use a dinner plate as guide. Use left over pastry to form leaves and decorate top of pastry.
Brush leaves, but not the pastry. Use the back of a small knife to trace leaf veins.
Bake until the pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.
To make the strawberry sauce:
Puree strawberries, lemon juice and sugar in a blender. Strain.

Rhubarb pound cake  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time:30 minutes

Cooking time:70 minutes

2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup sugar

FOR CAKE BATTER:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Rhubarb pound cake

Preparation:

For Rhubarb:
In a small saucepan, combine rhubarb and sugar. Cover and cook over very low heat until rhubarb is tender.
Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Drain, discarding liquid. Let cool to room temperature.
For Cake Batter:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Sift flour, salt and baking powder together.
Beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Whisk eggs and vanilla together and add to butter mixture. On low speed, add flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in rhubarb. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth with a spatula and make a lengthwise split i inch deep to minimize splitting.
Bake until cake is browned and a tester comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Unmold and let cool right side up on a wire rack.
(Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Taste)

Rhubarb sponge pudding  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:35 minutes

1 pound (about 3 cups) rhubarb, cut in 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup Golden Syrup (or substitute maple syrup)
½ cup room-temperature butter, diced
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten together
¾ cup self-rising flour

Rhubarb sponge pudding

Preparation:

Method
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Place rhubarb in a well buttered deep-dish 9-inch pie plate or ovenproof gratin. Drizzle syrup on top.
Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs.
Gently fold in flour. Spread mixture on top of rhubarb.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Serve while still warm with custard, whipping cream or ice cream.

Rhubarb strawberry trifle   Print Recipe

Serves: 10

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time:30 minutes

3 cups rhubarb, cleaned and diced
3 cups strawberries, sliced
1 cup sugar

Combine rhubarb, strawberries and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until medium thick, about 15 minutes.

A 10" sponge cake or angel cake cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cups whipped cream

CUSTARD CREAM
6 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups hot milk
2 tablespoons dark rum or Grand Marnier (optional)

Rhubarb strawberry trifle

Preparation:

In mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch and whisk with a wire whisk until the mixture turns into a lemon color. Add the vanilla and blend well.
In a saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. Gradually pour over egg mixture while whisking. Transfer to a saucepan, heat and whisk until thick. The custard should not boil. Pour the custard through a fine strainer into a mixing bowl. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to maintain smoothness. Top with wax paper to prevent skin formation and let cool completely.


ASSEMBLY
Arrange one half of the sponge cake cubes into a trifle bowl. Add 1/3 of the custard. Top that with 1/3 of the rhubarb. Do this again: cake, custard, rhubarb. Finally end with custard, rhubarb. Top the whole thing with whipped cream.

Rhubarb tart with orange-ginger glaze  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:30 minutes

1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 pound red rhubarb stalks, unpeeled and thinly sliced diagonally (1/8 inch)
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17 1/4-ounces package), thawed
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

Accompaniment: vanilla ice cream

Rhubarb tart with orange-ginger glaze

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.
Stir together orange juice, grated ginger, lime juice, and sugar in a bowl. Add rhubarb and let stand, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut pastry in half lengthwise, then roll out each piece into an 11-by 7-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Arrange pastry rectangles side by side on an ungreased large baking sheet.
Make a 1/2-inch border around each pastry rectangle by lightly scoring a line parallel to each edge. Prick pastry inside border all over with a fork.
Strain rhubarb mixture through a sieve set over a bowl, reserving liquid. Top 1 pastry rectangle (within border) with half of rhubarb, overlapping slices slightly. Repeat with remaining pastry and rhubarb.
Bake until pastry is puffed and golden (underside of pastry should also be golden), about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil reserved rhubarb liquid in a small saucepan, skimming foam if necessary, until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 15 to 18 minutes. The glaze will become medium thick
Transfer tarts to a rack. Brush rhubarb and pastry with glaze and sprinkle with zest.

Rhubarb-strawberry custard tart  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time:35 minutes

Tart Dough:
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups unbleached flour
pinch of salt

Filling:
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, about 2 cups
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
Glaze:
1/2 cup apricot preserves

Rhubarb-strawberry custard tart

Preparation:

For dough:
Using a heavy- duty mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Add sugar and beat until pale. Beat in egg and vanilla.
Turn speed to low, add flour salt and mix until just blended.
Flatten dough to a 1/2-inch-thick disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Unwrap dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll into 1/8-inch-thick round.
Fit dough into a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom. Ease dough into bottom and up sides of pan, then run rolling pin over top to cut off excess.
Press dough to sides of pan. Freeze tart shell for 20 minutes.
To assemble and bake tart, strew strawberries and rhubarb in tart shell. Whisk cream, sugar and eggs together.
Pour over fruit, leaving a 1/8-inch margin at the top so it wont overflow in oven.
Bake until firm and well browned, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely.
Transfer to a serving platter.
For glaze:
In a small saucepan, mix preserves with 2 tablespoons water. Heat over low heat. Push through a sieve with back of a spoon.
Brush tart with glaze and let set, 1 hour. (Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Taste)

Rhubarb-strawberry-banana sorbet   Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

1 cup peeled and diced rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 medium banana, peeled
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin powder
2 tablespoons orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup sliced strawberries

Rhubarb-strawberry-banana sorbet

Preparation:

In a medium saucepan, combine rhubarb and sugar.
Stew over medium until rhubarb is tender.
Puree the sliced strawberries, rhubarb and banana in a blender until smooth. Strain.
In a small bowl, mix gelatin with orange juice. Stir to dissolve, and let soften for 5 minutes.
Warm gelatin over low heat. Stir into rhubarb-strawberry puree.
Add sugar, and stir to dissolve.
Freeze in ice cream maker. Scoop sherbet into bowls.
Top with strawberries.

Simple rhubarb fool  Print Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time:20 minutes

1 lb (450g) fresh rhubarb, cut into 1cm pieces
1/3 cup (75g) clear honey
5 oz (150g) mascarpone
1 cup (250ml) whipping cream

Simple rhubarb fool

Preparation:

Place the rhubarb in a saucepan with the honey. Cook gently for 20 minutes to obtain a soft pulp. Leave to cool. Reserve 4 dessertspoons of the pulp.
Beat the mascarpone in a bowl until smooth and creamy, then stir in the rhubarb. Do not over stir, the cream should have a marbled effect. Whip the cream to soft peaks, then fold into the rhubarb mix.
Serve in a glasses with a the rhubarb pulp on top. Goes really well with a ginger biscuit

Strawberry cheesecake with rhubarb sauce  Print Recipe

Serves: 12

Preparation time:30 minutes

Cooking time:1 hour

2 cups sugar cookie crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup strawberries, hulled and coarsely mashed
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces sour cream
4 large eggs
Rhubarb Sauce:
1 pound rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Strawberry cheesecake with rhubarb sauce

Preparation:

Combine rhubarb, sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until very tender. Cool slightly. Purée in food processor or blender and refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool. Stir together the mashed strawberries, 1 tablespoon sugar and the lemon juice. Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and sour cream together until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Swirl in strawberries with a spoon, being careful not to mix too much. Pour into prepared crust. Bake 1 hour or until the edges are puffed and set and the center does not move anymore when slightly shaken. Cool in the pan on a rack.
Refrigerate. To serve, wet a knife in warm water and run around the edge between the cake and the outer ring. Remove the ring. Serve in wedges with Rhubarb Sauce.

Strawberry rhubarb crumble bars  Print Recipe

Serves: 10

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:45 minutes

Crumble mixture
1 cup 3 plus tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled from the fridge
2 ½ cups (390 g) all-purpose flour
¾ cup (95 g) graham cracker crumbs
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (62 g) large flake oats
½ cup (105 g) sugar
¾ cup (144 g) brown sugar, packed
1/8 teaspoon salt
Zest of one lemon
1 egg; 1 egg white
Filling
3 cups rhubarb sliced into 1-cm pieces
3 cups strawberries halved and then sliced
½ cup (105 g) sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons corn starch

Strawberry rhubarb crumble bars

Preparation:


Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 13 tray. Use a cheese grater to grate the butter onto a plate and then place the grated butter in the freezer while you mix the rest of the ingredients. This works best with butter from the fridge, not room temperature or frozen butter.
In a large bowl stir together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, ½ cup oats (do not add the 2 tablespoons yet), brown sugar, white sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Add the egg and egg white and mix them into the dry ingredients with a fork.
Get the grated butter from the freezer and add it to the crumble mixture. Use your hands to rub the butter into the flour until it resembles crumbs the size of peas. Remove two cups of the crumble mixture to use as the topping and stir the 2 tablespoons of oats into this mixture.
Press the remaining crumble mixture into the greased pan into an even layer.
In a different bowl stir together the chopped rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, vanilla and corn starch. Spread on top of the layer of pressed crumble. Top with the reserved two cups of crumble mixture.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is golden and the filling is bubbling. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. While warm, the rhubarb flavor is a lot sharper and sour, it mellows and sweetens as it cools. These bars are excellent leftover. Cover with plastic wrap loosely to avoid soggy topping.