Rhubarb Crumble

Sweet alert! Lots of crumbles and crisps add oatmeal or even breakfast cereal to give some body to their toppings. Not this one. It's tastes like pure brown sugar, even though there is some flour in the crumble. And while I was astounded to read the suggestion at the end of the recipe to serve with a scoop of ice cream, I tried it. It's true. The creaminess actually cuts the sweetness a bit. 

Rhubarb Crumble
Recipe courtesy of Catherine Newman

2 pounds rhubarb , cut into 1-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup light brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter , cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp. salt
Vanilla ice cream , for serving (optional)


Preheat oven to 375°. To make filling, put rhubarb, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and vanilla into a 9" x 13" baking dish and toss well to combine; set aside.

To make crumble topping, put remaining 1 cup flour, light brown sugar, butter, and salt into a large bowl and toss well. Using your fingertips, rub butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse meal. Working with one small handful at a time, squeeze dough together to make a ball, then gently break it into chunks and scatter them on rhubarb filling in baking dish.

Bake until rhubarb is very tender and bubbly and crumble topping is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream if desired.


  1. Ice cream always goes well w/ crumbles..

    love rhubard/ strawberry season!

  2. I love crumbles Barbara and this look delicious:)))

  3. One of my favorite crumbles!



  4. Love that red rhubarb and crunchy crumble topping. I'd love to try a serving with a scoop of ice cream!

  5. Pretty sure I could easily eat that entire dish full....


  6. I have not had rhubarb for a while...and I love the simplicity of this crumble...and please ice cream!
    Have a great day Barbara :)

  7. Sounds wonderful! I had a recipe that used egg yolk to thicken the fruit mixture and used the beaten white as part of the topping. But this one is classic.

  8. Crumble!! My favourite! This must be divine, Barbara.

  9. What a delicious way to serve rhubarb! Your crumble looks mouth-watering, and I'd love it either with or without ice cream.

  10. i'm a proponent of eating most fruit desserts with ice cream, so this would undoubtedly be no exception. looks great, rhubarbara! nope, that'll never get old. :)

  11. Oh how I love crumbles and crisp and this sure looks delicious!

  12. You know I love rhubarb :) This looks so good and I can totally see a scoop of ice cream with it. We tried some ice cream with my latest rhubarb concoction that I'll be sharing soon!

  13. Great recipe and I have to find some rhubarb. It looks delicious!

  14. With two scoops of ice cream for me please! I couldn't resist!



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