"Can I have the recipe?" is the question I'm always asked whenever I serve this delicious dessert. Rhubarb is generally ready first thing in spring, and these bars are a great way to welcome the season.
Meet the Cook: When my husband and I moved to our house in town, the rhubarb patch had to come along! This is a hit whether I serve it warm with ice cream or cold.
We're the parents of three married sons and the grandparents of three.
-Arlene Beitz, Cambridge, Ontario
When I met my English husband and served him just the crumble, he said it was fantastic but really needed a custard sauce over it. We found a terrific sauce recipe from England, and now the pair is perfect together. I wouldn't eat it any other way.
-Amy Freeman, Cave Creek, Arizona
Almost every home in our part of the country has a rhubarb patch, so we're always on the lookout for new rhubarb recipes. I've been making this particular recipe for a long time - I discovered it in a cookbook I received when my husband and I were married in 1950. It's one of my favorites.
I came up with this recipe one day when I had some cooked rhubarb left over and needed a dessert for my husband and me. It's also good served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
-Shirley Kasbee, Hadley, Pennsylvania
"I love the aroma and flavor of basil! So when I found a recipe that called for basil in a strawberry-rhubarb crisp, I couldn't wait to try it," writes Beth Rice of Springfield, Oregon. "I reduced the fat in the recipe and changed the strawberries to cherries since I had a tree loaded with them. The tart fruit flavor goes perfectly with the tangy basil."
I RECEIVED this recipe from my mother. It's one of the first desserts I make in the spring when our rhubarb comes in.
I discovered rhubarb and peaches go well together, and the biscuits make it a hearty dessert.
-Sheila Butler, Kansas City, Missouri
"Try this speedy fruit dessert once and you'll rave about its taste and convenience," promises Sharon Keys from Spencerport, New York. The cinnamony flavor of the leftover bread complements the tart, tender rhubarb quite nicely.