March 20, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars |
Happy Spring!! Honestly, Spring is my least favorite season - crazy, right? I don't get swept up in "Spring Fever" because I get headaches when it rains, I hate being improperly dressed for the weather, and I can never figure out what shoes to wear. The one thing that I do love about Spring is...RHUBARB is back in season! I love this weird stalky fruit/root/vegetable/whatever and it pairs perfectly with strawberries.

These crumb bars are a great breakfast on the go or after dinner dessert and can be nuked in the microwave after a few days if they begin to get a little hard. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars
Recipe heavily modified from A Farm Girl's Dabbles
Makes about 16 bars
Ingredients - the Crumble:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chopped (plus more for the pan)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
Directions - the Crumble:
Preheat the oven to 350f. Line a 9" baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a bit on two sides. Butter and flour the parchment paper and set aside.

Mix together the small cubes of butter with the brown sugar and salt. Add the flour and oats, mixing until crumbs form, and refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars |
Ingredients - the Bars:
  • 1/2 lb rhubarb, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 lb strawberries, sliced into 1/4" pieces
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions - the Bars:
In a medium bowl, combine the rhubarb, strawberries, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup flour. Set aside.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars |
In another bowl, mix together 1 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In yet another bowl, beat together butter and powdered sugar until it's fluffy using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time, add the vanilla, and then the flour mixture. Spread the batter into the greased pan.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars |
Top the batter with the rhubarb and strawberry mixture, then add the crumble.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars |
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars |
Bake until golden brown, about 45-50 minutes. Let cool then lift from the pan using the parchment paper overhang. Cut the bars and top with whatever you'd like! Cool Whip is a favorite.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars |
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars |
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