Barefoot by the Sea: Rhubarb, don't mind if I do!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Rhubarb, don't mind if I do!

My grandmother used to live next to a farmer who grew tons of rhubarb.  Those early Summer days always seemed sweeter with some freshly picked rhubarb, sprinkled with sugar.  The perfect blend of tart and sweet.  This cold weather crop will be arriving soon at Spring Farmer's markets and on shelves.  Here's one of my favorite recipes that include this delicious vegetable:

Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars (Better Homes and Gardens)
  •   Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1-1/2  cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1  cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4  cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4  cup butter
  • 1-1/2  cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed
  • 1/3  cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4  cup water
  • 1/2  tsp. ground ginger
  • 2  cups chopped fresh strawberries
  •   Ginger Icing

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8x8x2inch baking pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over edges of pan. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
2. In bowl stir together oats, flour, and 3/4 cup sugar. Using pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (use fingers, if necessary, to break up mixture). Remove 1-1/2 cups oat mixture; set aside.
3. Press remaining oat mixture evenly into bottom of pan. Bake 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium saucepan combine rhubarb, 1/3 cup sugar, water, and 1/2 teaspoon ginger. Cook and stir over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until filling is thickened and bubbly. Stir in chopped strawberries. Remove 1/2 cup filling; cover and set aside. Carefully spoon remaining filling over hot baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture, pressing lightly into rhubarb filling.
5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes more or until top is golden and filling is bubbly. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan using foil. Carefully pull foil away from sides. Cut in bars. Top each with a spoonful of filling. Drizzle with Ginger Icing just before serving. Makes 16 bars.
6. Ginger Icing: In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and enough orange juice, or milk to make of drizzling consistency (3 to 4 teaspoons). Makes about 1/4 cup.
7. To store: Transfer cut bars to covered storage container. Refrigerate up to 2 days or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature to serve. 

Hope your weekend is sweet!


8 comments:

  1. Yum! These look delicious! I am definitely going to be making these as soon as my mom's rhubarb comes up :-) Nothing like stealing fruit from those you love!...or is it a vegetable??

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  2. It looks so good! I have never had rhubarb! Hello!?! how has this happened? I might have to try now...

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  3. Yum! Can't wait for the Farmer's market to open up!

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  4. Rhubarb is always one of those things where I'm thinking, "Do I like it?" but this recipe might convince me.

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  5. Oh my, this recipe makes me desperate for rhubarb! I need to plant some this summer. BTW, there's a little surprise for you at my blog today. Come check it out when you have a minute, and I hope you like it :)

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  6. Sue @ Above the Dam JamApril 12, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Yummy Yum Yum! Can't wait to try it out. Ironically, my plan is to make Strawberry Rhubarb Jam tonight!

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  7. Ohhh! I love to try these out! i have rhubarb in the garden but it's still very early spring here (Oslo, Norway). I will have to wait a while...

    You have a very nice blog!

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