I can tell when rhubarb season is upon us not just by visiting the market, but also when I start seeing a surge in views for the rhubarb recipes here on the blog. So, allow me to make it easy for you to decide what to do with the sour, flavourful bounty from your garden patch or local market — here’s a baker’s dozen of recipes and ideas!
[Note: some of these photos are still watermarked “Life Through the Kitchen Window,” the former name for the blog. With about 400 posts published before I switched to Urban Cottage Life, it’s going to take more time than I have to switch them all over!]
Let’s start with the obvious: crisps. Rhubarb lends itself so well to this easy, rustic-style dessert. The classic pairing is with strawberries, but one of these days I need to venture forth and try some other combinations. Check out this Sassy RhubarbStrawberry Crisp, or this even sassier version. And if you’re looking for a vegan crisp, how about Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Crisp Parfait?
Muffins are a great vehicle for showcasing rhubarb; I offer Rhubarb Bran Muffins. Yup, there’s bran in them … I figure you may as well make your muffins work for you!
Spreads & Compote
If you’re making muffins or even toast, how about some spreadable rhubarb?
This Rhubarb Orange Butter is just the thing! I’ve also spread Rhubarb Compote on baked goods; it’s great for baking. I may try using some in those muffins sometime, along with the chunks of rhubarb. It freezes well, too. Strawberry Rhubarb Jam is another classic and I’ll be making some more soon; you can see some pretty pictures of it on my blog and I point you in the direction of the recipe that I used for it.
Rhubarb Jelly for Dessert
When we think jam, we think jelly too. But this isn’t jelly for toast; this is a wibbly, wobbly rhubarb jelly just made to spoon up with whipped cream in the shade on a hot summer day.
How about drinking your rhubarb? It all starts with a rhubarb syrup. You can turn that into a refreshing rhubarb-infused water or, for the grown-ups in the crowd, how about a cocktail or two? It was fun coming up with these recipes for a Rhubarb G&T and a Rhubarb & Lime Gin Fizz.
Rhubarb for the Barbecue
And finally, those drinks would go mighty fine with some ribs slathered with this tangy, sweet and spicy Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce.
So there you have it, a collection of recipes to carry you through rhubarb season and beyond, if you’re crafty enough to make some preserves or put some rhubarb or compote up in the freezer. Pucker up and enjoy!