Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is sweet with strawberries, with a touch of tart from rhubarb. An extra-thick buttery oats topping provides the perfect contrast.

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As I was slicing rhubarb over the weekend, making this Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with our girls, I was taken back to baking with rhubarb with my mom. Especially after Tessa asked what rhubarb was and what it tasted like.

I explained that some people say it’s a vegetable and some say it’s a fruit (I looked it up and found that in the U.S. it is considered a fruit, for regulations and duties), and that it is crisp, kinda like celery, and tastes very tart. (To read more about rhubarb, go to my Rhubarb 101.)

Tessa’s four year old mind wondered out loud if she might like it.

So I got out a little bowl and poured a bit of sugar into it. Then I sliced some small pieces of bright red rhubarb and proceeded to give them a little dip into the sugar and pop them into my mouth. Tessa followed suit. And so did Hatti. Over and over again, we did this. All the while, memories of Mom dipping her rhubarb while we baked were bouncing around in my head.

Kitchen memories are some of the very best memories, don’t you agree?

*Here are a few more rhubarb recipes I’m loving right now: this stunning Raspberry Rhubarb Skillet Coffee Cake, these almost-famous Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars, and this pretty Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler.

(This post was originally published in 2010, and has been a popular reader favorite. Some of the photos and text were updated in 2018.)

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This strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe is an easy spring favorite

I’ve been making this strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe for years. It’s an easy favorite, sweet with strawberries, a little bit tart with rhubarb, and loaded with an extra-thick buttery oats topping.

This dessert (or breakfast dish, I won’t judge!) is great any time of year, but especially wonderful with the freshest rhubarb and strawberries of spring.

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How to make strawberry rhubarb crisp

A rhubarb crisp with strawberries is extremely easy to make.

First, stir sugar into chopped rhubarb and sliced strawberries. Add a little cornstarch to thicken the juices a bit, plus fresh lemon juice and a touch of vanilla (the vanilla is such a nice touch!).

Then settle the fruit mixture into a 9″ x 13″ pan, cover it with a thick blanket of crumble topping, and then leave it to bake until the fruits are all sweet and jammy, the topping awesomely crispy.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - This spring treat is sweet with strawberries, with a touch of tart from rhubarb. An extra-thick buttery oats topping provides the perfect contrast.

How to store strawberry rhubarb crisp

The strawberry rhubarb crisp emerges from the oven simply beautiful.

I like to leave a bare edge around the perimeter, free of the crumble topping. That deep ruby mixture peeking out at the pan’s edge adds big life to presenting this spring treat.

And to store this crisp, I simply leave it out on the counter, uncovered, for up to a couple days (if it lasts that long!). The topping stays nice and crisp.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - This spring treat is sweet with strawberries, with a touch of tart from rhubarb. An extra-thick buttery oats topping provides the perfect contrast.

There are plenty of people who scrunch up their noses at the mention of rhubarb. And I’ve found this strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe to be a great way to convince them they are absolutely wrong to do so. Everybody seems to love this dish. (Another great recipe, for those who like cheesecake, is this Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie!)

I recommend serving this dessert still a bit warm from the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I promise, you’ll have rhubarb fans for life!

If you like this strawberry rhubarb crisp, you might like:

*Here are a few recipes I’d like to try: Easy Rhubarb Breakfast Cake from The View from Great Island,  Rustic Strawberry Rhubarb Tart from Savory Sweet Life, Rhubarb Bars from Garnish with Lemon.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - This spring treat is sweet with strawberries, with a touch of tart from rhubarb. An extra-thick buttery oats topping provides the perfect contrast.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is sweet with strawberries, with a touch of tart from rhubarb. An extra-thick buttery oats topping provides the perfect contrast.

Yield: 10-12

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:55 minutes

Total Time:1 hour, 25 minutes

Calories per serving: 245

Ingredients:

for the strawberry rhubarb filling:

  • 2 lbs. rhubarb stalks, sliced 1/2″ thick (about 8 cups)
  • 1-1/4 c. sugar, divided
  • 1 lb. strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 3 T. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

for the topping:

  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened (not melted!)
  • 1-1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 c. quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3 T. canola oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F.

First, prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, toss the rhubarb with 3/4 cup of the sugar and let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. In another medium bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Using a large slotted spoon, transfer the rhubarb to the strawberries and discard any rhubarb juice. Add the cornstarch, lemon juice, and vanilla to the fruit and stir well. Transfer the mixture to a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.

Next, prepare the topping. Combine all the topping ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a rigid pastry blender, mix the ingredients together until large crumbs form. You want to have some larger pieces, and sometimes it just works best to squeeze and crumble the mixture with your hands just a bit at the end.

Sprinkle topping evenly over the filling. I like to leave a small bare edge around the perimeter, to see the pretty strawberry rhubarb mixture. Bake for 25 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325° F. If the topping is browning quickly, tent a piece of foil (my favorite is this larger-sized heavy duty foil) very loosely over the pan, so the foil is not touching the crisp. Continue baking for another 30 to 35 minutes, or until the fruit filling is thickened and bubbling quite a bit, and the topping is nicely browned. Let the crisp rest for about 20 minutes before serving. This is awesome served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Store on the counter uncovered for up to a couple days. The topping will stay nicely crisp if left uncovered. 

Adapted from Food & Wine magazine.

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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - This spring treat is sweet with strawberries, with a touch of tart from rhubarb. An extra-thick buttery oats topping provides the perfect contrast.

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(This post was originally published in 2010, and has been a popular reader favorite. Some of the photos and text were updated in 2018.)

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