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Rhubarb Crunch

Rhubarb is a staple of spring on Amish farmsteads.  And with the first warm days of April (well, we can hope) looming, the early stalks of rhubarb will begin billowing out of the ground.  This means rhubarb will begin showing up soon in hommade jams, shortcakes, spreads, and even soups in Amish kitchens across America.  Rhubarb crunch is one of the Eicher favorites.  Give it a try if you want a tasty intro to rhubarb.


1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup melted butter

1 /2 teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups diced rhubarb

Mix the above ingredients until crumbly.  Put 1 /2 of the crumbs into a greased 9-inch pan.  Cover with cubs of diced rhubarb. Combine:

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons of cornstarch

1 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cook over medium heat until clear. Pour over rhubarb, top with reserved crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until rhubarb is tender.  Serve with ice cream.

LuvMaerz's picture
Need Rhubarb Help!

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa

 If anyone has an answer to this, please let me know...

My MIL has a lot of rhubarb and makes pies, etc all the time with it.  She always tries to give me some, but I really didn't know what to do with it.  So last year, I took some a made a rhubarb cake (possibly Lovina's recipe, I can't remember).  It tasted good and my family liked it, but every time I ate some it made my stomach feel "blah".  I have never had a problem with any of the stuff she has made making me feel like that.... did I do something wrong?

dcharrison's picture
Re: Need Rhubarb Help!

I could be way off on this since I am not a lover of Rhubarb, but my grandmother grew it.  I do seem to remember her saying something about it having to be the young sprouts and that it had to be cooked twice or something to keep from getting sick from it.  Might do a search online to see about this.


Re: Rhubarb Crunch

This looks yummy! I have a recipe that I cut out of the paper from the Amish Cook a few year ago that is slightly different that I love. Now I will have two to choose from.Tongue outWink

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