I guess you either love rhubarb or hate it. It was an acquired taste for me as an adult but now I love it, and, to me, it is another “sign of spring”.
At the farm, we had a row of rhubarb all along one side of the barn, and each spring I would make at least one dessert out of it, and various friends and family would come over and use some of it too. And, let’s face it, I got so I took it for granted. But now that we have moved away from it, I have missed the rhubarb. Yes, I could buy some at the store, but it’s really hard to pay for it when it was free for so many years!
So, I was delighted when, a couple weeks ago, one of Hubby’s golfing buddies gave him some rhubarb. I immediately remembered the following recipe that I had cut out of the newspaper and decided to try it.
I was intrigued by this recipe because you sprinkle the rhubarb with soda to cut the tartness in order to use less sugar. We liked it, so I thought I would share it here.
Lower-Sugar Rhubarb Cobbler (6 servings, 4 WW points)
1 ½ lbs. rhubarb, cut in ½ in. pieces
1/8 t. baking soda
1 C. flour
¾ C. sugar, divided
1 T. + 1 t. butter, softened
2 t. baking powder
½ t. salt, divided
½ C. water plus ¼ C. boiling water
Heat over to 400 degrees. Place rhubarb in an 8×8 baking dish and sprinkle with baking soda. Set aside.
Combine the 1 C. of flour, ¼ C. of the sugar, the 1 T. of butter, the 2 t. baking powder and ¼ t. of the salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the ½ C. of not-boiling water until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
Combine the remaining ½ C. sugar, 1/4 t. salt and1 t. butter in a small bowl. Mix until crumbly and set aside.
Pour the ¼ C. of boiling water over rhubarb. Top evenly with flour mixture* and then sprinkle with the sugar/butter mixture.
Bake until bubbly and beginning to brown, 35-45 minutes.
* Sandra’s Note: The flour mixture doesn’t expand or spread at all, so put it on just how you want it to look. I put it on in “glops” which wasn’t as attractive as I would have liked when it was finished. Next time I do it, I will spread the topping a little more evenly.
We really liked this cobbler. I hope you do too!
By the way, when we were at the Amish farm buying a couple of tomato plants recently, I saw rhubarb plants for sale.
So, we bought one and Hubby planted it under a sunroom window so that we can easily see it and remember to water it.
Hopefully in a few years, we’ll have a patch of our own rhubarb again!