Ealana’s Recipe Pic of the Month

 

I just LOVE anything with strawberry and rhubarb together!  These bars are so simple and so delicious, your family will fall in love as well!  Enjoy!

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp Bars

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup plus up to 2 tablespoons extra all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • Heaped 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional, but helps firm up the filling)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup small-diced rhubarb (from about 1 1/2 medium stalks)
  • 1 cup small-diced strawberries
  • Powdered sugar, for decoration, if desired

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  For easy removal, line bottom and two sides of 8-by-8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.  No need to bother (and no greasing needed) if you plan to serve them right in the pan, as I do.
  2. Place oats, 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar and salt in bottom of baking pan and mix.  Pour melted butter over them, and stir until clumps form.  If the clumps feel soft or look overly damp, add the remaining 2 tablespoons flour.  Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumble mixture.  Press the rest of the crumb mixture evenly in the bottom of the pan.
  3. Spread half the fruit over the crust.  Sprinkle it evenly with cornstarch, then lemon juice, and 1/2 tablespoon of granulated sugar.  Spread remaining fruit over this, and top with second 1/2 tablespoon sugar.  Scatter reserved crumbs over fruit and bake bars for 30 to 40 minutes (firmer fruits will take longer), until fruit is bubbly and crisp portion is golden and smells toasty and amazing.
  4. Let cool in pan; I do this in the fridge, where they become crisp once chilled (less so at room temperature).  Cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.  Store leftovers in fridge.

strawberry rhubarb crisp bars