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Coley

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What to do with rhubarb?
« on: May 01, 2014, 11:23:53 AM »
We will receive some rhubarb this week (probably one bunch). I haven't used rhubarb in my life. I'm not sure I've ever eaten it. Any favorite recipes for a novice?

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2014, 11:29:38 AM »
I always thought I hated rhubarb.  Turns out, I'd only ever had it with cooked strawberries and it's the strawberries I hate.

If you know how to make apple crisp, just substitute 1/2 to 3/4 of the apples with rhubarb.  You need some apples for structure, though.  I usually put down one layer of apples, fill up with rhubarb and add one layer of apples at the top to support the topping.  Serve warm with ice cream.

I also found a rhubarb muffin recipe that I really like.  I'll have to post it when I get home, though.

And a European style cake with rhubarb and raspberries that is just dusted with some icing sugar, rather than iced.  Again, I'll have to find the recipe at home.  It was a Weight Watcher's recipe I got from somewhere.
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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2014, 11:33:16 AM »
Liqueur!

http://www.nutmegsseven.co.uk/2013/04/rhubarb-vodka.html

I've got a Kilner jar of this on my utility room floor. I have to say I've never drunk rhubarb vodka, but my sister made rhubarb gin and said it was fabulous.

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2014, 11:35:39 AM »
I second the rhubarb-crisp idea. I was going to suggest the same, without the apples, but apples would definitely help the structure. I favor adding very little sugar despite how tart rhubarb is, then topping with ice cream to give sweet-tart balance.

Also-- if you make ice cream, rhubarb ice cream is fantastic (again, the sweet-tart mix is good). I bake the rhubarb in a little water until it is soft before adding it.

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014, 11:36:09 AM »
I make all rhubarb pie - can't stand it when they cut it with strawberries!  It's sour-sweet and yummy with just the rhubarb on its own.

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 11:51:38 AM »
Vote for pairing rhubarb with apples. A crumble sounds yum.

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 12:05:00 PM »
Any baked goods with apple my family have substituted with rhubarb. So Rhubarb tart, Rhubarb muffins, Rhubarb crumble, Rhubarb meringue pie (substitute the lemon filling with a rhubarb one) etc. My favourite is Rhubarb Fool.
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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2014, 12:07:53 PM »
I love rhubarb crisp - this is a favorite, simple and fast recipe:

http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/give-the-gift-of-rhubarb-crisp/

And, while others may like their rhubarb on its own, pairing it with strawberries is a classic combo - I like them combined in jam.  You chop up rhubarb, cook in a bit of water till softened, add strawberries and sugar to taste, cook down and keep in fridge or freeze.
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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2014, 12:57:11 PM »
I've never made this recipe. However, I thinking of getting some rhubarb for it.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/02/big-crumb-coffee-cake/

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2014, 01:04:25 PM »
THAT is going on my list for this season!  I'll have lots of rhubarb - I'll get some from my CSA farm, I'll have some of my own and I can raid a neighbour's patch, too.
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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2014, 01:12:29 PM »
Thanks for all the ideas ... Now I hope we'll get enough rhubarb from the CSA to make a crisp and that coffee cake!

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2014, 03:43:25 PM »
I just love it cooked with a bit of sugar. It's great with some greek yogurt or on ice-cream. Just slice into 1" pieces, add about 1 spoonful of sugar per large stalk (or half sucralose and half brown sugar works well), a couple of spoonfuls of water, cover and cook on medium heat until it is soft, about 10 minutes.
   

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2014, 03:47:36 PM »
DH dices it and simmers it in a skillet with raspberries, butter, honey, and cinnamon until it's a sauce. It's divine! We've put it on yogurt, waffles, ice cream, etc.

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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2014, 03:53:13 PM »
DH dices it and simmers it in a skillet with raspberries, butter, honey, and cinnamon until it's a sauce. It's divine! We've put it on yogurt, waffles, ice cream, etc.

Oh, wow.  That sounds good, too.  Although I'd probably use maple syrup over honey, since that's what I have on hand.
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Re: What to do with rhubarb?
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2014, 04:02:05 PM »
Poach in a very small amount of water, or microwave it. Then add sugar to taste.

Mix the cooked rhubarb with whipped cream to make rhubarb fool. Or serve hot with custard. Or use it to make crumble.

PSA- just eat the stems. Bin or compost the leaves. Also be aware that it is very acidic, so don't use copper or aluminium pans.
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