Rhubarb Custard Bars

Rhubarb Custard Bars:

Imagine a culinary delight that perfectly balances the tartness of rhubarb with the creamy richness of custard, all nestled atop a buttery, crumbly crust. Rhubarb Custard Bars offer a symphony of flavors and textures that captivate the senses from the first bite to the last.

At first glance, these bars present a mosaic of colors, with the vibrant pink hue of the rhubarb custard layer peeking through a golden-brown crust. The crust itself, crafted from a blend of flour, butter, and just a hint of sweetness, provides a sturdy foundation for the layers above, promising a satisfying crunch with every bite.

As you take your first bite, the contrast of textures is immediately apparent. The buttery crust yields effortlessly beneath your teeth, giving way to the velvety smoothness of the custard filling. Each spoonful reveals tender pieces of rhubarb, their tartness tempered by the creamy custard that envelops them.

The custard layer is a masterpiece of culinary alchemy, achieved through the careful blending of eggs, sugar, and milk. Its silky consistency coats the palate, offering a decadent counterpoint to the bright acidity of the rhubarb. With each bite, you are transported on a journey of flavor, as the sweetness of the custard gives way to the tangy brightness of the rhubarb, creating a symphony of taste that lingers long after the last crumb has been devoured.

These Rhubarb Custard Bars are more than just a dessert; they are a testament to the artistry of baking. Each element is meticulously crafted and perfectly balanced, resulting in a treat that is as visually stunning as it is delicious. Whether enjoyed as a midday indulgence or as the grand finale to a special meal, these bars are sure to delight the senses and leave a lasting impression on all who are fortunate enough to partake.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour
1 cup of chilled butter
1/4 cup of sugar

For the filling:
7 tablespoons of plain flour
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of heavy cream
3 beaten eggs
5 cups of finely chopped fresh or thawed and drained frozen rhubarb

For the topping:
1 cup of whipped heavy cream
6 ounces of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

2. In a bowl, mix 2 cups of plain flour and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Cut in 1 cup of chilled butter until crumbly. Press this mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish to form the crust.

3. For the filling, whisk together 2 cups of granulated sugar and 7 tablespoons of plain flour. Stir in 1 cup of heavy cream and the beaten eggs.

4. Fold in 5 cups of finely chopped rhubarb. Spread the filling over the crust.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the custard is set and the crust is golden brown.

5. Let the bars cool completely in the baking dish on a wire rack.

6. For the topping, beat 6 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of whipped heavy cream. Spread this mixture over the cooled bars.

7. Cover and refrigerate the bars for at least 2 hours before serving.

8. Once chilled, cut into squares and enjoy the delicious Rhubarb Custard Bars! Garnish with any desired toppings you please!

These Rhubarb Custard Bars are a true celebration of spring. The combination of the buttery crust, creamy custard, and the unique flavor of rhubarb will leave you longing for more. Whether you enjoy them as a sweet treat after dinner or as a delightful addition to your afternoon tea, these bars will surely become a favorite in your home. So go ahead, embrace the beauty of rhubarb and indulge in a slice of pure deliciousness.

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