Sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb are a delightful mix in this Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. This easy dessert has all the goodness of a strawberry rhubarb pie without the bother of rolling a pastry crust.
The fragrance and sweetness of ripe strawberries are one of my happy memories as a kid. I fondly remember the good-old-days as a child when I would slip out to the family strawberry patch for a sweet snack of those bright-red jewels.
Combine the sweetness of those luscious strawberries with the tartness of rhubarb and you have a delightful combination of flavors in this simple old-fashioned dessert. The topping is a crunchy, cinnamon-scented streusel.
- The Rhubarb root is an ancient Chinese herbal medicine
- Rhubarb is actually a vegetable and not a fruit
- The leaves of the rhubarb plant are poisonous
- Because of the cold temperatures and long daylight hours in Alaska, the rhubarb plant can grow to 8-feet tall.
How to Make Our Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp:
Slice up the rhubarb in one bowl and the strawberries in another larger bowl. Toss each bowl with sugar and let sit to soak for ten to fifteen minutes. This technique is known as “macerating” and will help the fruit release some of there juices and intensify the flavors.
While the fruit was soaking the topping was prepared by combining the ingredients with a pastry blender. If you don’t have a pastry blender, fingers or a fork work just great.
Next, we drained and discarded the accumulated liquid from the rhubarb and combined the rhubarb slices with the strawberries.
All that juicy fruit needed something to thicken it up and give it somebody, so we added a little cornstarch. We transferred the mixture to a baking dish and covered it with the prepared topping.
The strawberry rhubarb crisp baked for thirty minutes at 375°F then the temp was reduced to 325°F for an additional twenty-five minutes to get all bubbly around the edges.
This fruit crisp is delicious warm or cold. Our favorite way to eat this crisp is to serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
Fruit crisps are easy desserts to make. Here are some suggestions for different fruits:
- Apple and Rhubarb
We would love to have you share your favorite fruit crisp or combination of fruits.
Here are some other recipes you might like:
- Dutch Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel
- Fresh Blackberry Pie
- Apple Pie with Einkorn Crust
- Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Teff Crust
- Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Lemon Meringue Pie
Recipe adapted from: Food and Wine
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Yield 10-12 Servings
Combine the sweetness of luscious ripe strawberries with the tartness of rhubarb and you have a delightful combination of flavors in this simple old-fashioned dessert that is topped off with a crunchy, crisp topping.
- 2 pounds rhubarb stalks, sliced 1/2 inch thick (about 7-1/2 cups)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar, (250 grams) divided
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered (about 3-1/2 cups)
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups (300 grams) light brown sugar
- 1-1/4 cups (150 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1-1/4 cups (90 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (113g) butter, softened and cut into pieces
- 1 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 375°F
Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with oil spray and reserve
Prepare the Fruit:
- Place the sliced rhubarb to a medium size bowl and sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the sugar, stirring to distribute throughout. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to withdraw some of the liquid in the slices.
- In another bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, Prepare the Topping:
- Combine the sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and salt to a large bowl and mix well. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or fork, working to a crumbly consistency. Stir in the chopped pecans, then set the topping aside.
- Pour off and discard all but 1/4 cup of the accumulate liquid from the rhubarb.
- Add the drained rhubarb to the bowl of strawberries and toss to combine.
- In a small dish, mix the cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla together with the 1/4 cup of reserved rhubarb juice. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the strawberry-rhubarb mixture, combining well.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and distribute the reserved topping evenly over the strawberry-rhubarb mixture.
- Transfer the dish to the middle of the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, reduce the oven to 325°F and bake an additional 25-30 minutes longer until the filling is bubbling at the edges and golden brown.
Serving Size 10
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16.7 g
Saturated Fat 6.5 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Sodium 250 mg
Total Carbohydrates 66 g
Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
Sugars 42.7 g
Protein 4.2 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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