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May 7, 2007

Rhubarb Strawberry Bars

Rhubarb Strawberry Bars

As I menioned a while back I had never tried rhubarb, but I was always curious. I couldn't find a rhubarb recipe that appealed to me, so I just came up with my own! Rhubarb is supposed to be very good for you, but all of the recipes I cam across including rhubarb (and the one I ended up writing) seem to be decadent desserts. I'm not sure the health properties of the rhubarb actually count in this dish, but who eats dessert for its health properties? ;o)

What You'll Need For The Crust:
1 sleeve of graham crackers, crushed
1 stick of butter melted
2 tablespoons of sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar and press into the bottom of a 13 X 9 inch pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake crust for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

What You'll Need For The Filling:
2 1/2 cups of rhubarb, chopped
2 1/2 cups of strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of water
3 tablespoons of corn starch, sifted

In a medium sized pot add rhubarb, strawberries, sugar and water. Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until rhubarb and strawberries are soft stirring occasionally to prevent scortching. Stir in corn starch and cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and spread rhubarb/strawberry mixture over prepared crust.

What You'll Need For The Topping:
7 egg whites
1/4 cup of sugar

Beat egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form. Put meringue into a pastry bag and pipe on top of the spread out fruit mix in the 13 X 9 inch dish.

Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool and serve.

Rhubarb Strawberry Bars

Posted by Dianne at May 7, 2007 12:09 PM

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Dianne, I've never had rhubarb either! It costs a lot here in Brazil , not to mention it's very hard to find.
Your bars look delicious anyway!

Posted by: Patricia Scarpin at May 8, 2007 12:44 PM

It's not too pricey here in the States, especially when it's in season. I was really impressed with it overall. I will most definitely be purchasing it again in the future! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 8, 2007 12:50 PM

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