Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pauline's Rhubarb Crisp - Vintage Recipe

When I was digging through my great grandmother's recipes recently, I found a recipe labeled "Pauline's Rhubarb Crisp", written in Granny Besse's neat script.  Pauline was my great great aunt, and I called her Poppy.  My rhubarb hasn't had the best year ever, but I had enough for a crisp, so Cort and I headed to the garden to gather some rhubarb.  Below, I've typed the recipe exactly as it reads.

Mix together thoroughly:
1 c. oatmeal
1 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar (packed)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup melted margarine

Place 1/2 of above mixture in an 8x8 pan.  Add 3 1/2 to 4 cups finely cut rhubarb.  Put rhubarb on top.

Cook until clear and thick:
1 cup water, 1/2 cup white sugar, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, 1 tsp vanilla

Pour on top of rhubarb.  Add remaining crumbs to top of mixture.  Bake at 325* for one hour.  Pauline leaves in oven 'til oven cools. 

Readers, do you have any recipes that have been passed down through generations in your family?

32 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh my, this looks just like my Granny's recipe! I'm going to have to make this. Thanks Lisa!

My Journey With Candida said...

I am going to have to move my rhubarb to a different spot. It didn't do good again this year. That Rhubarb Crisp looks so good. I need to go eat my breakfast.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

my grandma would use rhubarb in her strawberry pies ... it was so delicious. to come to think of it i have yet to see it in the grocery store in a long, long, long time. i would love that recipe ... will have to check with the in-law to see if they still have her recipes ... some how they stole them all... so silly. but that is what happens sometimes. ha. ha!!

i enjoy this recipe ... now to find some rhubarb. ( :

Cat said...

I remember what a treat this was during my childhood. I always cut the rhubarb for Poppy. We had three plants behind our corn crib and she didn't have any. (Carolyn and I had knives by the time we were five. All kids did back in the '50's.) We could never wait for it to cool in the oven. We always begged her to pull it out and give us some. She fussed about it, but she always did. I remember how the ice cream would melt over the top and the smell was incredible.

Buttons said...

Oh this sounds good. I have a lot of recipes handed down wrote on all kinds of paper from my Grandma and friends who are now gone. They are the best. B

Heather said...

Yum! This looks amazing! I am still harvesting rhubarb like crazy up here, so this will be going on my list to make! Would love for you to share this at what i am eating http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/05/what-i-am-eating-30.html

Sandra said...

Sound delish...
I haven't had rhubarb since I was a kid. It grew in our back yard. We used to just pick it and eat it. Yeah, can't imagine doing that now.
I seen some advertised locally. I may just have to buy some and try your recipe.
Thanks for sharing!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have my grandmothers recipe for French cake.

Monkeywrangler said...

Rhubarb is harder to find here, but I might make this with strawberries instead. Sounds tasty to me...

Vic303

A Quiet Corner said...

Not any from family...but a ton f new ones like yours!!!...:)JP

Rose said...

I have never tasted rhubarb before. It's not that I have been avoiding it, just growing up my family never bought and and after moving out I never thought to buy it either. I often see recipes for rhubarb and think "hmmm WHAT does rhubarb taste like!?" I really have not the slightest clue lol

Thanks for sharing!
Rose

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

THANK YOU!!! I just picked a bunch today and was going to look for a recipe!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I haven't had rhubarb since I was a child. I'd like to try it again, and your recipe sounds good.

I have a lot of my mother's recipes (she doesn't cook anymore).

TexWisGirl said...

reminds me of my childhood.

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

How special to have this yummy recipe. Unfortunately my family, while big on cooking, doesn't have anything written down. I usually use the River Road cookbook if I want authentic Cajun, as it most resembles my grandmother's cooking.

Jeanne said...

Perfect timing as I just bought some rhubarb at the market. Rarely see it in Texas. Will try out your recipe today

Maple Lane said...

How very special to have this recipe. It looks/sounds delicious. Hope you and the boys have a great afternoon.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh boy, that looks delicious. Recently my grandma let me look through her recipe box and there were lots of treasures in there!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I have some rhubarb I need to bake. This sounds great!

BlueShell said...

Oh my, Oh my...it is delicious...How can I resist?
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Valerie said...

Hooray Lisa! I can't wait to try this!! It looks so good, and my rhubarb is still going strong!

I have a 100 year old cookie recipe that my great grandma used. I love the connection to her when I use it:)

Sally Crowe said...

That looks SO good! My mom used to make rhubarb pie for my late brother. This was when we lived in Washington state, and whenever she could find it.

The one recipe that I'd give anything to have is my grandmother's tea cakes; no one in the family has it. :(

Love this post, Lisa.

xoxo

Jill said...

This looks great! Just used up my rhubarb yesterday or I would have tried this.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Ginny said...

I have my mom and grannie's old green metal recipe box. No one is named Bess anymore! Well, Elizabeth. My great grandmother was called Bessie.

Magnolia Holler said...

This sounds wonderful! My husbands grandma passed me her Rhubarb Custard recipe, which is an amazing pie (no strawberries).

Betsy Adams said...

I would love that crisp, Lisa, since I LOVE rhubarb (and haven't had any in a long long time). My mother used to make rhubarb --and I loved it. She made it like fried apples... YUM....

I have Mom's cookbook --but don't think I have anything any older --except for the fact that some of her recipes probably came from her relatives... I love vintage ANYTHING....

Hugs,
Betsy

Lin said...

YUM!!!

We've got lots of old Polish recipes--none of which is healthy...but they are delicious!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm a huge, huge, huge rhubarb fan!

alissa apel said...

That looks so good! I don't grow any rhubarb. My husband doesn't like it, but I do! Usually I make a crisp with June Berries AKA Service Berries. That to is good, but I think rhubarb is the best!

Melissa Bo said...

Im a new Google+ follower, your recipe sounds amazing! =)

I love all "Crisp" desserts.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Yummy! I almost bought some rhubarb at the farmers' market a couple weeks ago, but didn't know what to do with it if I were to have bought it. I'll have to buy some and try this recipe.