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(recipe, Matthew Amster-Burton)
This recipe was adapted from Nigella Lawson's book Feast.
- 1 lb. (about 4 stalks) rhubarb, cut into ½-inch pieces
- 1 oz. (⅛ cup) sugar
- ¼ oz. (½ Tbsp.) butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. arrowroot starch or cornstarch, dissolved in a couple of teaspoons of water
- 2½ oz. (½ cup) all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- 2 oz. (4 Tbsp.) butter, cold and diced
- 1¼ oz. (¼ cup) sugar
- 1¼ oz. (¼ cup, loosely packed) brown sugar
- ¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- ¼ cup rolled oats (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the filling ingredients in a saucepan. Set over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted and the sugar is well dissolved, about five minutes. Turn out into a small baking dish, such as a pie plate or square baking pan.
- Combine the flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour mixture with your hands until you achieve a coarse, powdery texture. Stir in the sugars and the optional nuts and oats.
- Pour the topping evenly over the rhubarb filling. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until bubbly and well-browned. Let cool at least five minutes before serving; serving at room temperature is fine. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Culinate editor's note: If you are feeding a crowd, you'll want to double this recipe.
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