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Rhubarb and Rose Oatmeal Squares

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Whether you've got it fresh or frozen, the stewed rhubarb with a splash of rose water in these squares is an easy and delightful treat to share with friends and family. These chewy, crumbly oatmeal squares are the perfect way to feature tart & tangy rhubarb.


Prep Time: 15 min

Cook time: 30-35 min

Yield: 15-18 bars


Ingredients

Crumb

  • 1 cup (150g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup (100g) rolled oats

  • 2/3 cup (160g) brown sugar

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 cup (115g) cold butter

Filling

  • 300g diced rhubarb, fresh or frozen

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp rose water


Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F and line a 7' x 10' pan with parchment and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda. Grate the cold butter into the dry mix & massage into the dry ingredients with your hands. The mixture should hold together when squeezed in your palm of your hand but easily break apart with a rub of your thumb.

  3. Press two-thirds of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the parchment lined pan using a fork to firmly press it down. Reserve the other third of the crumb.

  4. In a medium saucepan, combine the rhubarb and brown sugar. Heat over medium-low and stir constantly as the rhubarb breaks down and the sugar dissolves. Cook and stir until thick.

  5. Remove the sauce from heat and spread over the pressed crumb. Top with the reserved third of the crumb.

  6. Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for 30-35 min or until the edges are golden.

  7. Remove to a heatproof surface and leave in the pan for 10 min. Then remove the entire baked slab to a wire cooling rack and cool completely before cutting into 15-18 squares.


Zhuzh it up!

  • You can make these squares ahead of time and keep them in the freezer until you're ready to serve them (or just snack on them directly from the icebox!)

  • This is also delicious with applesauce & cranberries as a filling - follow the same method for the filling with the following ingredients:

    • 1 cup applesauce

    • 2/3 cup dried cranberries

    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

    • dash of cloves.


This amazing recipe was written by Erin Walker

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