Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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A simple and versatile dish suitable for any time of the year, we made a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp lightly spiced with cinnamon and ginger, then topped it with a sweet and filling oat crisp biscuit topping.

Three plates of strawberry rhubarb crisp

Crisp – apple, plum, cherry, maple, blueberry, peach and apricot – crisp. One of the easiest and most simple desserts, fruit crisp, crumble or cobbler, offers the comfort of a baked pie without the work of making piecrust. What’s not to love? Our favourite crisp duo involves sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb baked to reveal natural fruit juices and syrup hiding beneath flaky oat biscuits. Serve this wholesome classic straight out of the oven and top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprig of mint. The perfect summer dessert to any summer dish.

Chopped strawberries and rhubarb stalks on a cutting board with a knife

Crisp vs Crumble vs Cobbler. What’s the Difference?

So what makes crisp, well a crisp? Simply put, crisp is a fruit-based dessert that’s topped with a mixture of oats, flour, butter, brown sugar and sometimes nuts, then baked in the oven. A crumble is similar to a crisp, but the topping is made without oats.

A cobbler, on the other hand, has the same fruit base but is topped with a biscuit topping instead of the sweetened oat topping. Our recipe is sort of a cross between the two, using the oat-based topping, but forming it into biscuit-like shapes. It’s really the best of both worlds.

How to Make a Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp – Step by Step Instructions

Ingredients to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Ingredients needed to make Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Fresh rhubarb, fresh strawberries, white sugar, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salted butter, brown sugar, flour, baking powder and oats.

Step 1 | Preparation for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Slice a bunch of rhubarb into half-inch pieces, about 6 cups worth, and quarter 4 cups worth of strawberries.

Step 2 | How to Make the Strawberry Rhubarb Base

Bowl of Strawberries and Rhubarb with sugar, cinnamon and ginger

In a large bowl toss together chopped rhubarb and chopped strawberries with 3/4 cup white sugar, 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 3/4 teaspoon of ginger. Set aside

Step 2 | How to Make Oat Biscuit Topping

Bowl with oats, brown sugar, flour and softened butter for the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Topping

In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup old fashion oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Add 3/4 cup cold butter and cut into the dry ingredients. Knead into a dough and form 9 biscuits.

Step 3 | Assemble the Crisp

Pour the strawberry rhubarb mixture into an 8 by 8-inch baking dish and spread out into an even layer. Top with the oat crisp biscuits.

Step 4 | Bake the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Place the crisp in the oven to bake for about 40 minutes, until the fruit is bright and softened, and the biscuits lightly browned. Remove and cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Biscuit Topping in baking pan

Step 5 | How to Serve Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Serve the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with a heaping spoonful of freshly whipped cream or a big scoop of your favourite ice cream.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp being served on three dishes

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A simple and versatile dish suitable for any time of the year, we made a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp lightly spiced with cinnamon and ginger, then topped it with a sweet and filling oat biscuit topping.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: about 9 servings 1x
  • Category: Food + Drink, Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Oven-baked
  • Cuisine: North American



Fruit Filling

  • 6 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 4 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Crisp Biscuit Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup cold salted butter, grated 


No. 1 | Preheat oven to 350°F.

No. 2 | In a large bowl, toss strawberries and rhubarb with white sugar, ginger, and cinnamon, then set aside.

No. 3 | In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking powder. Mix in the butter with a fork, then form it into a shaggy dough. Transfer the dough to your countertop and knead until it comes together. Roughly shape the dough into 9 evenly sized biscuits. 

No. 4 | Pour the strawberries and rhubarb into an 8 by 8-inch baking dish and place handfuls of the crumble mixture loosely on top.

No. 5 | Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and biscuits are golden brown. Serve with fresh strawberries and ice cream or whipped cream


Keywords: simple dessert, weeknight dessert, crisp recipe, crumble recipe


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1 Comment

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    November 20, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    All cobblers are amazing but this one is a whole new level of amazing!

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