The Random Rhubarb

Sweet & sour at its best.

Doug and I have lived in our little blue house on Lake Banook in Dartmouth for 3 years now, and it wasn’t until this spring, while doing some major yard work, that I discovered a very random patch of rhubarb growing in our yard. How exciting, I thought. It reminded me of my childhood days, and how I would go over to Sheila’s (she was our neighbor in Shawville), and secretly cut her rhubarb from the patch behind her garage, and hope that none of the neighbors saw me! I would stuff it under my shirt, and make a run for my yard and bolt through the side door completely out of breath. Of course, my rhubarb cutting never went unnoticed, as my mother would interrogate me on my “lucky” find, and would place a call to the McDowell residence to inform Sheila of my bad behaviour. To make it up to everyone, I would bake a rhubarb crisp, taken from a local Shawville Minor Hockey Cookbook, and eat it hot right out of the pan! Now that I have my own rhubarb patch, I can make this sweet and sour concoction anytime. Give this simple recipe a try!

The Shawville Rhubarb Crisp

  • 1 C. all purpose flour
  • 1C. packed brown sugar
  • ¾ C. oatmeal
  • ½ C. melted butter
  • 5 C. chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 1C. white sugar
  • 1C. cold water
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tsp vanilla

In a bowl, mix the flour and brown sugar with the butter and oatmeal. Press ¾ of the mixture into the bottom of a 9″ pan; cover with the rhubarb. In a saucepan, mix all the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Pour over the rhubarb and sprinkle the remaining topping on top. Bake in a 350F oven for 45-60 minutes until it is oozy, bubbly and brown!

Rhubarb Crisp Collage

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One Response to “The Random Rhubarb”

  1. Hollie Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for posting this receipe. I’ve been looking for a good rhubarb crumble for a while. I cant’ wait to try it!!!!

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