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Rhubarb Dream Bars (Recipe)

Rhubarb is one of those plants that a lot of people are stumped by. Many people I’ve talked to have never even tried it. Most people where I live either have a plant of their own in their yard or they have a grandparent that does.

Wikipedia says: Although rhubarb is a vegetable, it is often put to the same culinary uses as fruits. The leaf stalks can be used raw, when they have a crisp texture (similar to celery although it is in a different family), but are most commonly cooked with sugar and used in pies, crumbles, jams and other desserts. They have a strong, tart taste.

I have some frozen rhubarb from 2018 or 2019 that I need to use up so I have a couple of favorite recipes that I’ll use.

Crust:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

Whirl these together in a food processor (or with just a fork if that’s all you have) and press into 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. (Parchment paper is used so that the bars can be easily removed afterward). Bake crust for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Celsius. Crust should still be light pale in color.

While the crust is cooking…

Filling:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of diced rhubarb

Mix together all except the rhubarb and whisk well. Stir in the rhubarb. Pour over hot crust and continue to bake for 40-45 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy!

As kids, my cousins and I used to grab a piece off a random neighbors plants all over Mervin as we were out for walks or heading to our secret fort across the train tracks as an easy on-the-go snack. My palette now would never allow that though! What is your favorite way to enjoy rhubarb?

-Ang

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