Are you craving an old-fashioned rhubarb dessert? This Farmhouse Rhubarb Crunch is a vintage recipe that’s been in our family for generations.
This easy dessert will remind you of days gone by, maybe gathered around a farmhouse table.
Farmhouse Rhubarb Crunch
Easy Rhubarb Crunch is a handwritten recipe that came from my grandma. My husband remembers having a rhubarb patch outside of their farmhouse growing up. His grandma made pie and other desserts. He had never eaten raw rhubarb, so he took a bite of ours and realized why people dowse it in sugar and bake it before eating.
I found this rhubarb at the grocery store on a top shelf in the produce case. Rhubarb looks, cuts, and crunches like a reddish stalk of celery.
The crunch adds a nice contrast to a typical sweet dessert like this. Another fruit dessert with a crumble that we love is our Raspberry German Crumb Cake Bars.
Easy Rhubarb Dessert
The key to any good recipe is using real butter instead of margarine or oil. So be sure to use real butter. Use caution when melting butter not get it so hot it makes a mess all over the microwave. I have a silicone cover for bowls, I just need to get in the habit of using it!
Mix the crumb topping together. I like to use old-fashioned oats, but quick oats will also work well. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan and pour half of the topping in. Press half of the mixture in an even layer across the pan.
Add chopped rhubarb. Heat water, sugar, and vanilla, but be prepared to stir regularly to prevent the sugar from burning. It only takes a few minutes for the mixture to become clear and I continue to cook and stir for a few more minutes so that it begins to thicken slightly.
Pour the sugar water over the rhubarb and sprinkle the remaining crumb topping over the beautiful rhubarb dessert.
The original recipe says to bake for 50 to 60 minutes. I always check my food several minutes sooner to make sure it doesn’t burn because I have a convection oven. This rhubarb crunch looks perfect right at 50 minutes for me. Of course, baking times can vary quite a bit based on the quantity and temperature of the filling.
Here are a few other old-fashioned recipes from our farm family. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
- Farmhouse Apple Flip
- Banana Jumbos
- Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert
- Applesauce Raisin Cookies
- Carrot Bread
- Bran & Raisin Molasses Muffins
Printable Farmhouse Rhubarb Crunch Recipe
Farmhouse Rhubarb Crunch
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 cups chopped Rhubarb *apples can be substituted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Mix together crumb topping. Press half of the mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
- Cover with chopped rhubarb.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the mixture is clear and may begin to thicken. Stir often to avoid burning.
- Top with remaining crumble. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes.