This dessert is the perfect blend of textures; crunchy, soft, silky. And the perfect blend of flavors; sweet and tart.
A perfect way to kick off spring…
Let the sweet adventure begin!
In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of packed brown sugar,
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats,
1 cup all-purpose flour,
1/8 teaspoon baking powder and soda,
1/2 teaspoon salt,
and 1 stick of cold, salted butter cut up into 1 inch pieces.
Incorporate butter into dry ingredients using your fingers.
Pat 1/2 of the crumb mixture into a greased 8 x 8 inch square pan.
Cover with 4 cups of chopped, fresh rhubarb.
Now make the sauce that brings the dessert all together…
In a medium saucepan, cook 1 cup white sugar,
3 tablespoons cornstarch,
and 1 cup of water, over medium heat.
Cook until bubbly and thickened and then add a scant (less than 1) teaspoon of cinnamon,
and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Pour the sauce over the rhubarb.
Sprinkle the rest of the crumbs over the top.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 55 minutes to 1 hour.
Can be served warm or room temperature. Always wonderful with ice cream or whipped cream!
Bon Appétit, Ma Chérie!