Rhubarb is one of the most amazing treats during spring and early summers. The long stalks represent the vegetable family. However, in 1947 the U.S courts listed it as a fruit because of its appearance as a dessert. But that is not the point here. Rhubarb has a tart and tangy taste that makes it ideal for combining it with sweeter fruits, such as strawberries, and transforming it into cakes and pies. While everyone loves a good old gooey rhubarb pie, there is always room for experiment. Enter rhubarb sauce! It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to modify a versatile dessert from the rhubarb stalk. Rhubarb sauce is easily customizable, delicious when spooned over yogurt, poured over ice cream, added to oatmeal, and the list can go on. Here’s how you can go from a rhubarb stalk to sauce in 30 minutes or less!
How to Make Homemade Rhubarb Sauce?
Transforming rhubarb stalks into a beautiful and creamy condiment is a super fun kitchen activity. It is a delectable summer treat and makes for a lovely and delicious dessert. Follow the steps below for a mind-blowing treat.
- There are plenty of rhubarb varieties available – from bright pink to dark green. Although the color does not represent the flavor, you can easily use either of them as per your preference.
- Simmer the rhubarb with little water and sugar until it becomes soft. To add a punch, try apple juice or another fluid besides water to make it interesting.
- Once the rhubarb is soft and the sauce is creamy, serve it as it is or use an immersion blender to make it into a puree.
Deliciously Tangy Rhubarb Sauce Recipe
- 4 cups chopped rhubarb frozen or fresh
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp water
- In a medium saucepan, add rhubarb, 1/2 cup water, and granulated sugar. Let it simmer over a medium-high flame and then reduce to medium-low.
- Simmer for about five minutes until rhubarb is tender. With an immersion blender, puree it, or mash it with a potato masher if desired. Taste and check if additional sugar is required.
- Now, combine equal parts of water and cornstarch and stir into the hot sauce, whisking it continuously until it thickens. Continue adding cornstarch mixture until the sauce reaches the desired consistency.
- Serve it warm or refrigerate until chilled.
- Try different variations with strawberries, cherries, or blueberries.
- You can substitute frozen rhubarb for fresh rhubarb.
How to Use Rhubarb Sauce?
The most basic way to use a rhubarb stalk is as a condiment. You can use the sauce in the following ways:
- Ice cream topping
- Layered with yogurt for a yummy parfait
- Muffin fillings
- Serve as a dessert with whipped cream
- As a spread for scones