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Rhubarb Dessert

Tender dumplings and a sweet, tangy rhubarb sauce combine to make this quick and comforting dessert. "We love it alone or with ice cream," reports Doris Peterson of Mesa, Arizona. "If you prefer, replace the rhubarb with blueberries."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine sugars and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Add rhubarb and butter. Cover and microwave on high for 3-1/2 minutes; stir. Microwave 2 minutes longer or until rhubarb is tender and sauce is thickened.
  • Meanwhile, for dumplings, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, milk and butter. Drop batter in eight mounds around the edge of dish. Cover and microwave on high for 1-1/2 minutes (do not lift cover). Rotate a quarter-turn; microwave 2 minutes longer or until toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over top. Serve warm.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

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  • janet.wallenfang
    Jun 21, 2013

    Was not sure how a recipe with just rhubarb (not a strawberry combo) would go over, or how a microwave recipe would turn out. Tried this just to find out. Cannot believe how much we LOVED it! It is so yummy (especially with just a little bit of vanilla ice cream melted over the top)! We will be making this again every year with rhubarb from Grandma, as well as sharing this recipe with everyone! The best part is that it comes together so easily and is READY in 10- 15 minutes, if the rhubarb is already chopped. No oven heating up the house on a hot day!

  • Kris Countryman
    May 25, 2010

    This was so good and so EASY. Loved this simple recipe.