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Rhubarb Crisp

Look for rhubarb stalks that are firm and crisp, as brightly hued as you can find, and blemish free. Rhubarb is often sold with leaves intact because this helps prolong freshness, but only the stalks of rhubarb are edible. This crisp can be prepared either in six 8-ounce ramekins for individual serving, or in a 2 1/2-quart shallow casserole.

  • Servings: 6
Rhubarb Crisp

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1999


  • 12 tablespoons chilled (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for ramekins
  • 1 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 pounds (6 large stalks) rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (6 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter six 8-ounce ramekins (or a 2 1/2-quart shallow casserole), and set aside. Make crumb mixture: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and oats. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in chilled butter until mixture comes together into clumps, about 4 to 5 minutes; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, stir to combine rhubarb, zest, orange juice, and vanilla seeds. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch; sprinkle over rhubarb until just coated. Pour 1 cup rhubarb mixture into each ramekin, and top with 1/2 cup crumb mixture. Bake until the rhubarb is tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 30 minutes (or about 40 minutes for the casserole). Transfer from oven to a cooling rack. Let cool slightly, and serve warm.

Reviews (2)

  • babbymartha 11 May, 2013

    I must say that i am a big fan of rhubarb grew up eating it. I followed the recipe exactly did not care for the vanilla and orange flavoring with the rhubarb plus it was to tart. think i will go back to my moms tried and true recipe.

  • laurak 24 Aug, 2008

    This crisp was amazing! I made it with lemon juice and zest instead of orange and it gave the fruit a fresh taste. I recommend it to anyone with rhubarb in their garden!

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