Good Ol' Summertime Rhubarb Custard Dessert With Cookie Crust
photo by Debber
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
1 13x9 pan
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1⁄2 cups white flour
- 1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 8 cups diced rhubarb (one long, thick stalk will generally yield about one cup of 'barb)
- 6 egg yolks (whites are used in the meringue)
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup milk or 1/2 cup cream
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 6 egg whites
- 1⁄4 cup sugar (2 tsp at a time)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350; butter a 13x9 pan.
- Cream butter with flours and sugar, spread in prepared pan, pressing into corners and bottom; bake for 5-10 minutes (it will get bubbly--sort of).
- While that is cooking, cut up the rhubarb.
- In a blender or a mixer bowl, beat eggs until foamy and fluffy, add sugar and continue mixing, then add other ingredients until thick and rich; set aside (rewhip right before pouring into pan with rhubarb).
- When crust is baked, spread rhubarb pieces evenly (press lightly into crust--lightly!); pour custard over rhubarb; return pan to the oven for 45 minutes (knife poked in middle comes out clean).
- While THAT is cooking, prepare meringue; beat eggs until forming soft (firm) peaks, adding sugar 2 teaspoons at a time, then salt and vanilla last, mixing until stiff.
- At end of baking time, remove pan from oven, turn heat up to 425; spread meringue over rhubarb/custard, smooth with a spoon into pretty swirls.
- Brown for five minutes; set the timer--it can burn very quickly!
- VARIATIONS: Skip the meringue and use whole eggs in the custard; switch out some of the rhubarb for strawberries or raspberries; use all white flour instead of wholewheat in the crust.
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I followed the recipe EXACTLY as written, but I think some of the proportions seem off. 1 cup of butter in that shortbread crust made it absolutely soaked and dense, nothing resembling a cookie crust. And 8 cups of diced rhubarb seems like too much. I had quite a bit chopped up and it measured only 6 cups, which was plenty because the custard barely covered it. I baked it exactly as directed but my custard never set and I couldn't get the knife to come out clean even after an hour. I finally pulled it out of the oven as the top was getting very brown and even starting to crack. So I added the meringue layer and crossed my fingers. The flavors are nice but the consistency was too soupy for my taste. I might try as little as 1/4 cup butter in the crust layer and stick with 4-5 cups of rhubarb because I think it releases liquid during baking and interferes with the custard and crust to make it all soggy. I'm open to advice here because apparently I've done something wrong.
Ohmigawd. My favorite rhubarb recipe has just changed; this is IT. 10 stars--20...more! Debber, this is just incredibly wonderful (but you already know that.) 'ZAAR WORLD: This is incredibly wonderful! If you like rhubarb you will think you have died and gone to heaven. Plus, now I know how to grow rhubarb...is it too late for this season? Thanks Debber.
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