I've never understood rhubarb before but it is kind of awesome.
The delicious and bitter taste makes it quite a treat when you add sugar and make it sweet. (no, I did not want it to rhyme).
It's fairly simple to make and doesn't take any longer than it is to make box cupcakes.
Try it out:
5 stalks of rhubarb, cut into small pieces (about 4 cups)
4 tbsp of cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup of roughly chopped almonds with skins
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup plus 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
pinch of ground cloves
In a medium bowl, whisk the panko, brown sugar, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cloves until combined. In another bowl, toss the rhubarb with the rest of the sugar and lemon juice.
Then preheat a grill to medium low and butter a shallow 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle 3 tbsp of the breadcrumb mixture into the bottom of the pan, top with rhubarb and finish it with the rest of the crumbs and almonds. Dot the mixture with cut-up butter.
Put the baking dish on the grill and close the lid. Grill until the filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown and crisp. This should take about 15-20. Let it cool for about 10 minutes and then serve warm.
With some strawberry ice cream if you want it a la mode!