Rhubarb...beautiful Rhubarb. It's never been so lovely as when I found it last week growing in my backyard of our new home. I remember my Grandmothers delicious rhubarb pies growing up...so it was fun getting advice from my mom on how to collect it, clean it, and turn it into a delicious dessert.  This recipe is quick, easy and so delicious!

CLEAN AND CHOP OFF LEAVES

First step in preparing your rhubarb for use in any recipe is to remove the leaves. NOTE: Rhubarb leaves are slightly toxic! So it's important that you don't eat the leaves. Remove the leaves, wash the stocks with water, and then chop off the top and bottom of the stocks so that you have nice, clean rhubarb stems to work with. Cut the stems into bite size pieces. I made mine about an inch in length.

STRAWBERRIES OR APPLES ADD GREAT FLAVOR TO THIS RECIPE

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You'll want to prepare three cups of chopped rhubarb, and then an additional 2 cups of clean sliced strawberries or apples.

 

PREPARE THE FRUIT COATING

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In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup of sugar, and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Add the 3 cups of prepared rhubarb, as well as the 2 cups of prepared strawberries or apples, and toss until all fruit is well coated.

OAT MIXTURE

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In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of quick cooking oats, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of melted butter, 1/3 cup of flour, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

 POUR MIXTURE OF FRUIT IN A SQUARE BAKING DISH

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Pour the oat mixture over fruit in a square baking dish, and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

 

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 SERVE WITH ICE CREAM- OPTIONAL

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HOW TO FREEZE REMAINING RHUBAR FOR FUTURE USE

 

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I had four cups of remaining rhubarb.  Take remaining rhubarb, chop up, and spread evenly on a cookie sheet. Freeze for one hour. Remove from freezer and put 1 cup in freezer bags. I dated the freezer bag and labeled each as having 1 cup of fruit, for future use.

HERE IS THE GREAT RECIPE FROM QUAKER OATS

You can also get the detailed Taste of Home "Rhubarb Crisp Recipe" from Quaker Oats by clicking HERE.