Saturday, May 07, 2005

Strawberry-Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry-Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars (Adapted from Land O Lakes)

For the filling

1 1/2 cups 1" chopped fresh rhubarb
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

For the crust

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the drizzle

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

To make the filling

In a medium saucepan, stir together rhubarb, strawberries and lemon juice. Place over medium heat - cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until fruit is tender, about 8-12 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Stir into fruit mixture. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

To make the crust

Preheat oven to 350

In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, oats, brown sugar, butter, baking soda and salt. Mix at low speed until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of this crumb mixture. Scoop the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9" x 13" baking dish lightly coated with nonstick spray. Evenly spread filling over crust. Scatter the reserved crumb mixture over the top.

Bake until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and set on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the drizzle

In a small bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar and enough of the milk until it flows easily. Drizzle the mixture over the cooled bars before cutting.

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  1. I am glad you stopped by my blog so I could come here and find this wonderful recipe.

  2. These look fabulous and I love, Love, LOVE rhubarb...they're definitely going on my gotta try list!

  3. Dori - I hope you get a chance to try them!

    Tambo - I love rhubarb too... I'll have to use it more before the fresh stalks begin to vanish from the markets!

  4. I just bought some strawberries and rhubarb today in order to make a pie, but I think that I will have to try making these instead. Yummy!

  5. Rachel - Let me know how you like them!

  6. I just made these last night and they are delicious! It's like eating a mini strawberry rhubarb pie when you eat one of these cookie bars. So, so goood!

  7. Rachel - Fantastic! Thanks for the feedback!

  8. These bars are fantastic. I made them Sunday night and froze half of them. Family was looking for more by Monday.

  9. Dale - Awesome! I'd love to hear how they were after being frozen!

  10. Joe, I always know where to come for a good recipe! You always deliver!
    I bought rhubarb for the first time yesterday and I had no idea what to do with it. My first top was your blog. I pulled off a few recipes and made this one!! OH MY. Wonderful.
    Thank you for also posting what to do with the extra rhubarb, I will be sure to get more at the farmer's market next week and freeze it to make these again later!!

  11. Heather - Glad you got a chance to try out the bars!

  12. Joe - The bars are cooling now and smell so good!!! Thanks for pointing me to these; they're just what I was looking for.

    Lauren (CLBB)

  13. Lauren - How did they come out?

  14. just made these and they pretty much disappeared instantly -- i didn't even remember to make the glaze and it still flew out of the pan! thanks for a delicious recipe with clear instructions :)

  15. Em - Fantastic feedback. Thank you!

  16. My mother made these for our last visit to Maine- and being from Maine substituted blueberries for the strawberries... They were AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe!

  17. D - Fantastic! Thank you for the feedback!