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Easy Rhubarb Crisp with Raspberries (Crumble Pie)

White bowl with rhubarb crisp and two scoops of vanilla ice cream. The complete dish in the background.

 

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This Easy Rhubarb Crisp with Raspberries is quick and easy to put together. It’s perfect for those warm Summer mornings, Saturday brunches or just as dessert any day of the week. It’s sweet, it’s juicy and it’s got texture. Soft, warm rhubarb with crunchy oat topping makes this the ultimate comforting sweet breakfast or dessert.

 

I recently got a new rhubarb plant. My old one had died a few years ago, and I’ve been longing for anything rhubarb every Spring since. Now I’ve gotten a new one and I have a TON of rhubarb recipes to share with you. And the first of the bunch is this easy rhubarb crisp recipe.

 

Flatlay of baked rhubarb crisp. Blue background.

 

What’s the Difference Between Crisp, Cobbler, Crumble and Pie?

 

In some ways, it’s all the same. It’s berries or fruit baked with some kind of carby topping. And they are all super yum, so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose either.

 

  • Crisp: Baked berries or fruit layered with a crispy topping that usually consists of oats, butter, flour and sugar. The oats give this an extra crunch.
  • Crumble: A crumble is really similar to a crisp, apart from that it usually doesn’t include oats (then it’s a crisp again). The topping is more of like a streusel, with sugar, butter and flour.
  • Cobbler: A deep-dish baked fruit dessert with thick biscuits or pie dough as the topping.
  • Pie: A pie can be several things, but it’s often pie dough at the bottom, fruits inside and then pie dough covering the fruits. It can also look more like a crumble or crisp without the pie dough topping.

 

Read about more baked fruit desserts here.

 

White bowl with raspberry rhubarb crumble or crisp.

 

How to Store Rhubarb Crisp

 

Because of the crispy characteristics of the topping, this is best served the same day. However, you can store the rhubarb crisp uncovered in a semi-cool and dry place. Don’t place it in the fridge, as it’s too humid and will make the crisp soggy. When you’re ready to re-heat, just pop it in an oven at 300F (150C) for 10 minutes. It will keep well for 3 days.

 

Large baking dish with raspberry rhubarb crisp. Vase with purple flowers and a white bowl.

 

Can I Freeze a Crisp?

 

Yes. And you can freeze it both before and after baking.

 

  • Freeze before baking: Prepare the crisp up until the baking stage. Cover with a freezer friendly lid or cover the dish tightly with cling foil or aluminum foil. If you bake it when it’s frozen solid you may need to cover it loosely with aluminum foil when it’s baking to prevent it from browning too quickly. Also, add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

 

  • Freeze after baking: Cool completely after baking. Freeze in a freezer and oven friendly container. You may thaw it for 6 hours before baking at 350F (175C) for about 10 minutes. Or you can bake it when frozen at 350F (175C) for about 40 minutes. If it browns too quickly, reduce temperature to 300F (150C) and cover loosely with aluminum foil.

 

Flatlay of white bowl with raspberry rhubarb crisp and vanilla ice cream. Blue background.

 

Can I Make it a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp?

 

You may be more familiar with strawberry rhubarb crisp or crumble, but I think raspberries work really well with rhubarb as well. I always have a bag of frozen raspberries in the freezer, and it’s an easy way of getting that extra color punch and additional flavor.

 

I think strawberries are delicious too, especially if you have fresh ones. You may substitute the raspberries with strawberries if you want. Chopping them into about equal size to your rhubarb slices. You really can’t go wrong with any ratio of berries and rhubarb or any other fruit. It’s the perfect vessel to just put whatever fruit you want and it’ll still taste amazing!

 

If you want to make this into a strawberry rhubarb crisp, I know you will love these strawberry rhubarb oatmeal bars as well!

 

Closeup of the rhubarb crisp and a wooden spoon.

 

Easy Rhubarb Crisp with Raspberries Recipe

 

With all the questions out of the way, we can now begin making this easy rhubarb crisp. Chop the cold butter into small cubes and freeze for 5 minutes (1). This makes it easier to incorporate into the crumb topping without it melting too quickly.

 

Pre-heat oven to 375F (190C).

 

Slice the rhubarb into 1/2 inch slices (2) and mix with fresh or frozen raspberries. Frozen rhubarb may also be used. Raspberries are optional, but adds beautiful color to the dish (9). Mix the fruit with cornstarch and lemon juice (10). Add the fruit to a 9×12 inch (20×30 cm) dish or similar size. Smaller or bigger is fine, it will just be a thicker or thinner layer.

 

Step by step photos for butter, rhubarb and dried mixture for rhubarb crisp.

 

Mix all the dry ingredients together: flour, oats, brown sugar, white sugar, salt and cinnamon (3-4). Now you may cut the cold butter into the oat mixture (5). I like to use two forks, but a pastry cutter would be even easier if you have one (6-7). Sometimes I also cheat a tiny bit and press a few of the butter pieces with my fingers, but don’t tell anyone. Cut it until it’s well incorporated with the dry mixture, and the butter cubes reduced to pea size or smaller (8).

 

Step by step photos for cutting butter into flour for rhubarb crisp.

 

Pour the dried oat mixture on top of the fruit mixture (11). Sprinkle with 2 tsp of coarse sugar if you want that extra crispy punch (12). Bake for about 30 minutes, or until rhubarb is soft and the crisp topping golden. Cool 20 minutes before serving to firm things up. Best served warm with ice cream.

 

Step by step photos for rhubarb crisp.

 

Enjoy! And remember to keep an eye open for all those other rhubarb recipes coming up.

 

White bowl with raspberry rhubarb crisp and vanilla ice cream. Vintage silver spoon. Backlighting.

 

If you want this crisp to be less juicy/saucy

 

You can slice up the rhubarb and cover it with 1/4 cup sugar for 10-15 minutes. This will release its natural juices, which you may discard or use in another dish. I like the saucy goodness so I’m keeping all the juices! The crisp will still be crispy, so you don’t need to worry about that.

 

Other Ways to Enjoy the Summer Fruits

 

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below or tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram. And don’t forget to Pin it for later!

 

This delicious and Easy Rhubarb Crisp with Raspberries is quick and easy to put together. Easily customizable to be a strawberry rhubarb crisp too. Click for the recipe!
This delicious and Easy Rhubarb Crisp with Raspberries is quick and easy to put together. Easily customizable to be a strawberry rhubarb crisp too. Click for the recipe!

 

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White bowl with rhubarb crisp and two scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Warm, soft and juicy rhubarb paired with crispy and buttery crisp topping is hard to beat. It's quick and easy to put together and tastes divine!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rhubarb, sliced 1/2" thick. fresh or frozen. 400g
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen, optional. 60g
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes. 115g
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flour, 65g
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, 100g
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, 60g
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coarse sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Chop the cold butter into small cubes and freeze for 5 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375F (190C) and find a 9x12 inch (20x30 cm) baking dish or similar size. 
  3. Slice the rhubarb into 1/2 inch slices* and mix raspberries, cornstarch and lemon juice. Add the fruit to the baking dish.
  4. Mix all the dry ingredients together: flour, oats, brown sugar, white sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  5.  Cut the cold butter into the oat mixture using two forks or a pastry cutter. Cut and press until it’s well incorporated with the dry mixture, and the butter cubes reduced to pea size or smaller
  6. Pour the dried oat mixture on top of the fruit mixture
  7. Sprinkle with 2 tsp of coarse sugar if you want that extra crispy punch (optional). Bake for about 30 minutes, or until rhubarb is soft and the crisp topping golden. Cool 20 minutes before serving to firm things up. Best served warm with ice cream.

Notes

* If you want it less saucy/juicy: You can slice up the rhubarb and cover it with 1/4 cup sugar for 10-15 minutes (do not mix with raspberries, cornstarch and lemon juice until after you discard the extra juice). This will release it’s natural juices, which you may discard or use in another dish. I like the saucy goodness so I’m keeping all the juices! The crisp will still be crispy, so you don’t need to worry about that.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331

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Kari Heron

Thursday 23rd of May 2019

I love your blog for reasons like this post. As a Jamaican girl and a child of the tropics, we do not have rhubarb in the Caribbean and I have never had a chance to teste it. If I ever get my hands on some, I am starting with this recipe!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Friday 24th of May 2019

That made me smile, Kari. You are so kind! I truly hope you get your hands on some rhubarb once, because it is so tangy and sweet and utterly delicious!

Lathiya

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

I have been hearing about Rhubarb a lot but yet to try. I think this is a perfect recipe to try Rhubarb. The crisp looks fabulous.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Thursday 23rd of May 2019

All the rhubarb recipes usually florish this time of year. I hope you get a chance to try it, because there's nothing really like it.

Maman de sara

Tuesday 21st of May 2019

That looks yummy. It’s time to get me some rhubarb . I just pinned your post for later use.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 21st of May 2019

Thank you so much, and good luck on your rhubarb hunt!

Geetanjali Tung

Monday 20th of May 2019

Yum yum... The dessert looks SO GOOD! I wish I could find some rhubarb here in Calcutta :):) I just love everything about this dish.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 21st of May 2019

I wish you could too! Thank you so much.

Jeannette (Jay Joy)

Monday 20th of May 2019

I sooo want to plant a rhubarb plant. This looks amazing.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 21st of May 2019

Maybe you could get one! Thank you.

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