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Sweet-Tart Rhubarb Recipes

Pies, cobblers, fools, compotes and more dessert recipes that make the most of fresh spring rhubarb.
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When slender stalks of rhubarb debut every spring, bakers and dessert lovers are overjoyed. Pies, cobblers, and crisps can’t be far behind. Rhubarb’s tart, distinctive flavor and ruby-red color bring new life to desserts and sweet treats, including galettes, tarts, fools, jams, compotes, chutney, and even drinks.

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    Rhubarb Brown Sugar Crumble

    A generous amount of oatmeal streusel tops this rhubarb crumble, providing a crunchy contrast to the tart, juicy filling.
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    Rhubarb Jam with Lime & Ginger

    This tangy jam is delicious on toast, but if you feel inspired, stir it into oatmeal or yogurt; use it as a topping over pancakes, waffles, or cheesecake; or go savory and use it as a glaze on roast chicken or duck.
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    Rhubarb Chutney

    This savory-leaning chutney is a great accompaniment to a pork roast, chicken, or oily fish like salmon, and works equally well on a cheese board.
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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

    Spring strawberries and rhubarb are a classic combination, best showcased, in what else? A glorious, flaky double-crust pie. Bring this along to the first cookout of the season, and you won't be sorry.
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    Rhubarb-Ginger Sparkler

    When rhubarb is in season in early spring, make the most of its tart flavor with this spicy, pale pink cocktail. It’s easy to scale up, making it perfect for a brunch or as a signature wedding drink.
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    Roasted Rhubarb & Ginger Streusel Tart

    Roasting rhubarb deepens its flavor, and the large pieces, while tender, hold their shape better than slices. Its still-tart flavor perfectly contrasts the sweet, buttery brown sugar in the streusel.
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    Cinnamon-Rhubarb Muffins

    Sour cream, a bit of a surprise ingredient, adds richness to these muffins, but it’s the juice released by the rhubarb that makes them so tender and moist that you can still serve them the next day.
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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Fool

    This old-fashioned English dessert is foolproof: it’s only a matter of folding a quickly cooked compote into whipped cream. A little rose water adds a floral sweetness, but the fool is lovely without it, too.
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    Rhubarb Compote with Oranges & Figs

    The acidity of many citrus fruits—particularly oranges—goes well with rhubarb, so this compote is a stunning combination of flavors and colors. You can serve it chilled with cookies, or warm over vanilla ice cream.
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    Rhubarb-Raspberry Galette

    Rhubarb with strawberries is a time-honored combination, but raspberries actually stand up better than strawberries to the heat of the oven, so they’re perfect in this easy-as-pie galette.
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    Rhubarb-Ginger Fool

    Rhubarb loves ginger. In this fool, ginger gives it just the zing it needs to stand out.
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    Rhubarb & Dried-Cherry Chutney

    Rhubarb isn’t just for sweets and dessert. This rhubarb chutney makes a lovely condiment for grilled pork loin or roasted chicken.
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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler

    In this rustic dessert, the sweet-tart rhubarb is flavored with and mellowed by clover honey.
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    Lattice-Top Rhubarb Pie

    Strawberry and rhubarb may be classic pie partners, but rhubarb can fly solo, too. This pie is deliciously fresh, tart, and light.
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    Rhubarb Rose Millefoglie

    Here, fragrant rose water and cognac combine with rich white chocolate and tart rhubarb to create an indulgent treat.
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