With a crunch layer on both the top and bottom and a sweet and saucy rhubarb layer in between – it’s rhubarb perfection!
I finally got my hands on some garden fresh rhubarb this week. Thanks Dad! I know some of you were enjoying garden-fresh rhubarb a while ago, but things come a little slower in these parts. Right now here, the leaves are just fully out and we are in full-on black fly season. It’s one of nature’s cruel twists, since we wait through a long winter just for nice weather and once it comes, so do the black flies to drive us back inside.
Black flies are just about the worst bugs ever. They come in droves and swarm around your head and get in your hair. They can also take a huge chunk out of you for such a little bug. I happen to have a black fly bite allergy (where I swell up in all sorts of unpleasant ways), so I’m especially careful this time of year. Fortunately, their life span is short. All we need is a bit of hot weather to kill them off and since we’re enjoying a run of 25° C. days (80° F.), I’m hopeful their visit this year will be short!
So since I can’t spend too much time outside, I have lots of time for baking still. I think is the quintessential rhubarb dish. It one-ups a crisp with a crunchy layer on both the bottom and the top. In between, fresh chopped rhubarb is topped with a thickened sugar syrup, that cooks up in to just the right amount of sweetness. I haven’t made this dish with frozen rhubarb, but my experience says it should work just fine.
If you can only make one rhubarb dish, I suggest this one!
Skillet Rhubarb Crunch
The perfect way to enjoy Spring rhubarb! This dish has a crunch layer on both the bottom and the top. In between is fresh rhubarb cooked in a sweet sugar syrup. You can bake this in an 8×8-inch baking dish as well.
- 4 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup large-flake rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Chop rhubarb and set aside. Butter an 8-inch skillet (or 8-inch round or 7×11-inxh oven-proof baking dish) and set aside. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, cinnamon and brown sugar. Add the melted butter and stir until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
- Scatter 1/2 of the crumb mixture over the bottom of the buttered skillet and press lightly.
- Prepare the sugar syrup by combining the sugar, cornstarch and water in a medium saucepan. Stir until well combined. Heat over medium-high heat until mixture is thick, clear and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Add the chopped rhubarb on top of pressed-in crumb mixture in the skillet. Pour sugar sauce evenly over rhubarb.Top with remaining crumb mixture.
- Bake at 350° F until edges are bubbling and crumb topping is browned, about 30-35 minutes. (Note: You may wish to set your baking dish on to a baking sheet, if you are using one with short sides. The sauce does bubble up and may drip over the sides). Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you like.
Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 40 min
Number of servings (yield): 6
Adapted from The Farm Chicks