Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rhubarb Goodness Part 1

Made the ol' family recipe for Rhubarb Custard Bars last night for dessert! And all you readers are lucky enough that I am going to share it with you!

This recipe is just too good to keep in the family anymore. It must be shared. It must be made, savored and loved!

The Family Recipe for Rhubarb Custard Bars

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) COLD butter

2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 eggs, beaten
5-6 cups finely chopped rhubarb (I've used both fresh and frozen with equally good results)

8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped 

~Preheat oven to 350F. Mix flour, sugar and the cold butter together until the mixture resembles crumbs. Press into a greased 13x9in pan. Bake about 10 minutes until the crust is just starting to lightly brown and it's "set".

While the crust is baking mix the sugar, flour and whipping cream together, add eggs and mix well. Add the rhubarb. When the  crust is done, pour the rhubarb custard over top and bake for about 45-50 minutes until browned on the edges and the custard is firmly set. Let cool completely.

For the frosting mix the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Whip the whipping cream then slowly fold into the cream cheese mix. Spread over the bars and chill to let the frosting firm up (not totally necessary if you need to consume immediately!) 

Store leftover bars in fridge! Enjoy!

 This is a hit recipe and you will surely enjoy it! I'm going to experiment with it to make a gluten free version so my daughter can enjoy it as well!  Just  because we will have to eliminate a small part of the food from her diet surely doesn't mean she can't enjoy food! I want to make sure that we can find fabulous alternatives and enjoy the great majority of food she can eat which also means a lot less processed foods for the whole family. 

At any rate this is Part 1 of my Rhubarb Goodness! I will have more amazing rhubarb recipes coming up as fast as the rhubarb is coming up! 

This weekend we are getting the garden in so I better get myself and the kids outside and get to putting up the rabbit, chicken and duck fence up so when I get those precious seeds in the ground they don't become dinner to our little friends! 


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