Rhubarb Crisp Magic
Baking rhubarb reminds me of the story The Frog Prince. A princess shows a toad a little sweetness and warmth — and he turns into a prince. It’s like when rhubarb turns into rhubarb crisp. However, finding a good toad to turn into a prince takes time, and so does growing rhubarb to make a good crisp. I read somewhere that rhubarb plants shouldn’t be harvested in their first year. Since I planted my first rhubarb plant last spring, I am patiently waiting until next year to harvest it.
In the meantime, one of my co-workers was kind enough to share with me some of her rhubarb. To show my appreciation, I transformed the rhubarb into a crisp — and brought it back to work to share.
The Moral of the Story
About the Recipe
I scoured my cookbook collection for a good rhubarb recipe. In my Best of Iowa Cookbook, I found a recipe for Rhubarb Crisp, which uses 3 ½ cups of rhubarb. In my Everything Rhubarb book, I found a recipe for Rhubarb Crunch, which is basically the same as the crisp one except it uses 5 cups of rhubarb. I picked the Rhubarb Crunch because I thought the more rhubarb the better.
The Cast of Characters
Recipe: Rhubarb Crunch
Summary: A classic rhubarb crisp with a cruncy oatmeal topping
Ingredients & Instructions
Baking time (duration): 40 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 12 servings (or one 9×13-inch pan)
Meal type: breakfast or dessert
My rating: 5 stars: ★★★★★ 1 review(s)
I am still perplexed by difference between rhubarb crisp and rhubarb crunch. Wikipedia defines a “crisp” as using butter, sugar and oats. However, I couldn’t find a Wikipedia definition for a “crunch.”
Here are a few other recipes I read to try to figure it out:
- Triple Berry Rhubarb Crisp by Food Blogga: In this post, Food Blogga explains the difference between crisp and cobbler. She says a “crisp” topping includes butter, sugar and oatmeal. A “crumble” includes butter, sugar, flour and nuts. By her definition, I made a crisp.
- Grandma’s Rhubarb Crunch by The Farm Chicks: This recipe for “crunch” uses butter, sugar and oatmeal too. It also puts the “topping” on both the bottom and top of the fruit — for double the crisp and crunch.
- Strawberry Apple Crumble by Passionate About Baking: This was the first post I found that defined a “crunch.” The author says a “crumble” has oatmeal, a “crisp” has nuts, and a “crunch” had breadcrumbs. This post left me thoroughly confused. I thought a “crisp” had oatmeal, and a “Brown Betty” used breadcrumbs
- Dessert Tips by TLC: This post also says a Brown Betty uses breadcrumbs, but adds that a “crunch” is a fruit dessert “sandwiched between two layers of sweetened buttered crumbs.” However, it doesn’t say what kind of crumbs.
- Rhubarb Recipes by Rhubarb-Recipes.com: This site has a variety of crunch and crisp recipes. Most of the “crisp” recipes on this site use oats, while the only “crunch” recipe I found uses cornflakes.
Do you call it rhubarb crisp or rhubarb crunch?