Monday, April 26, 2010

Cherry Rhubarb Dessert with Vanilla Icing!

It's that time of the year again... rhubarb time!  With the lack of rain we've had in WI (until this past weekend) the rhubarb seems to be a slow grower this year... not to worry though, with yesterday's rain & sunshine all week, I'm sure the rhubarb will make a liar out of me... and I'm O.K. with that! :)

Today's delectable rhubarb treat would be great with coffee as a pastry breakfast, or (because I can't wait until tomorrow) after dinner served slightly warm still as a fresh, light, flaky dessert.  Last year when I made this recipe, it was so delicious these bars got all gobbled up before I could even get a picture.  SO this year, I'm going to try to beat Chris to the pan an get a picture before they are gone... they really do bake up very pretty.

Here's the recipe!  Make sure when you want to make this you allow preparation time because you make the pastry crust by hand! (and it's worth every bit of effort!)

Cherry Rhubarb Dessert
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter - cold
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, separated
1 cup corn flakes (I used blueberry special K)
4-5 cups diced fresh rhubarb.  (See Note if you use frozen rhubarb)
1 1/2 cups + 1 Tblsp sugar, divided
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1.5 - 2 tsp. milk
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour & salt; cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Stir in the milk & egg yolk.
  3. Divide dough in half.
  4. On lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into a 13x9 rectangle.
  5. Place one rolled out piece into a greased 13x9 baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle with cornflakes.
  7. In a large bowl, combine rhubarb and 1 1/2 cups sugar, stir in cherry pie filling and vanilla; spread over corn flakes.
  8. Top with remaining rolled out pastry.
  9. Cut small slits in the top.
  10. In a small bowl lightly beat the egg white; brush over pastry.  This will make the top bake up beautiful golden brown.
  11. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  12. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  13. Cool on wire rack.
  14. In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars.
  15. Store in refrigerator.  Can be served warm or cooled with ice cream or whipped cream.
  16. NOTE:  If using frozen rhubarb, measure while frozen (5 cups).  Thaw completely in a colander, drain but do not press liquid out of the rhubarb.
I hope you take a chance an try this recipe.  I had no idea how wonderful the homemade crust was really going to be.  Like I said earlier, it's worth every ounce of effort you put into it! ;)   I'll post a picture later... if I can get one! :)

Picture posted at 7:35 pm... and the final grade is M... as in mmmmmmmmmm good! :)

1 drooling remarks:

Julie said...

OMG what a wonderful delectible treat. The crust was so flaky and the right sweetness in the filling. 5 stars from me!

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