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Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe
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Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

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Once I tried these rich gooey bars, I just had to have the recipe so I could make them for my family and friends. The shortbread-like crust and rhubarb and custard layers inspire people to find rhubarb they can use to fix a batch for themselves. -Shari Roach, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 5 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed and drained
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 198 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, for filling, combine sugar and flour in a bowl. Whisk in cream and eggs. Stir in the rhubarb. Pour over crust. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until custard is set. Cool.
  3. For topping, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth; fold in whipped cream. Spread over top. Cover and chill. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Rhubarb Custard Bars in Taste of Home April/May 1998, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 198 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Rhubarb Custard Bars

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Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

Yummy! First batch went so fast, I had to make another, immediately. Both times, I just realized, I failed to bake the crust, and it obviously turned out great anyway. The 2nd time, I wanted more custardy filling, so added 1/4 cup milk., too. We had a house-full of people, so it makes enough. I will be bringing this to pot-lucks, for sure. It certainly was NOT bland. We used freshly picked rhubarb. We all loved the shortbread crust. I feel this was an easy recipe and quick, but then, I had my rhubarb already cut and didn't bake the crust before adding the filling. It tastes more custardy when eaten warm. It sets up a bit when chilled. It would be yummy even without the topping, I am sure. A big hit, here!

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

Fabulous! My family asks for this. Rhubarb is the key ingredient here. I mix the sugar & flour & rhubarb (more like 6 cups chopped VERY FINE) and let it set while I prepare the other parts. When making the cookie bottom I don't press it down real tight. For sure, don't overbake the bottom. It's better to eat it like fall apart cake than to have it overcooked & dry. Ask me how I know. Smile. Also, bake it in glass, not metal. I love Jaslyn's suggestions & I plan to try them but this recipe is great as is. It tastes great warm out of the oven AND cold the next day. Oh, and it makes a lot. It could easily be halved. And one more thing, I have been making these bars since the recipe was first published in the magazines in 1988 I just never added a rating. Taste of Home fan here!

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Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

This is a very yummy way to use up some rhubarb. I added some cinnamon and nutmeg into the custard part of the bars and cut the sugar just a tad. I also used a whole brick of cream cheese and more like 1.5 cups of heavy cream for the whipped cream part of the topping, and I think next time I will just double the topping part altogether ~ it is SO GOOD! All in all, this recipe is a definite keeper. Next time I will also up the sugar in the crust just a smidge, as that part still needs "something more".

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

I first tasted this at a potluck dinner. It is wonderful.

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

meh. I agree with another user that this recipe is quite bland. Not very sweet. When you bite into the bars, there is a beautifully creamy, fluffy texture, but not much flavor. The crust is the best part, I think. Tastes like shortbread cookies. The custard section seems to be missing something. This recipes was really a lot of work. I do not plan to make these again.

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