Rhubarb Crumble

Bright pink and fruity rhubarb, baked with sugar, vanilla, and cardamom, with brown sugar, butter, and flour crumble topping.

Rhubarb Crumble
Elise Bauer

When my father was a kid growing up in Minnesota, in the summer he used to love to chew on rhubarb that grew like a weed around there, RAW.

That's right. Raw. (The stalks, not the leaves which are poisonous.)

Have you ever tried biting into a piece of raw rhubarb stalk? I dare you. It's like a hundred times more sour than a lemon (okay maybe a little exaggeration here). It's screaming tart. It's "what was I thinking?" tart.

Anyway, rhubarb is not safe around this house. The refrigerator half life for rhubarb is a couple hours at best. This last bunch we put to work into this lovely rhubarb crumble!

Rhubarb Crumble
Elise Bauer

Taking a tip from The Flavor Bible, I added a touch of cardamom to the vanilla and rhubarb in the filling, rhubarb+cardamom+vanilla being one of those match-made-in-heaven flavor combinations.

Another favorite combo with rhubarb that I love is ginger and orange zest, which would also work great with this crumble. Feel free to experiment.

The only thing you need to really keep an eye on is making sure you have enough sugar to balance out the tartness of the rhubarb.

The ratio of rhubarb to sugar in this recipe is perfect for us, but if it ends up being too tart for you, add a little more sugar, or just eat with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or even straight cream.

Rhubarb Crumble

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Cooling 30 mins
Total Time 100 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 2 pounds rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick or 4 ounces), cut into cubes

Method

  1. Preheat oven:

    To 375°F.

  2. Toss rhubarb with sugar, flour, vanilla, cardamom:

    In a medium sized bowl, mix together the rhubarb, white sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, the vanilla extract, and the ground cardamom.

    Spoon into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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    Elise Bauer
  3. Make topping:

    In a food processor, pulse together 1 cup of flour, the salt, and the brown sugar. Add the butter and pulse until the pieces of butter are pea-sized. (Alternatively, mix the dry ingredients together and cut the butter in with two knives or a pastry cutter.)

    Spread topping mixture over rhubarb mixture.

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    Elise Bauer
  4. Bake:

    Place in oven and bake at 375°F for 35-45 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned. Let cool for at least a half an hour before serving.

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    Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Adapted from Catherine Newman's Rhubarb Crumble in Oprah Magazine, May 2009.

Rhubarb Crumble
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
406 Calories
12g Fat
74g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 406
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 55g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 383mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.