[Edited on July 2, 2014 to add microwave cooking instructions. See below!]
InspirationCafe Zupas' honey roasted rhubarb
- 1 bunch rhubarb (mine was 6 long stalks)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons orange juice
DirectionsPreheat oven to 400 degrees.
Microwave instructions - To make this in the microwave and not heat up your house, put the chopped rhubarb in a bowl with the honey and microwave for 3 minutes, stir, 3 minutes, stir, and then about 2 more minutes. If you have a less powerful microwave (mine is heavy-duty) you might need to cook it a bit longer, but it's really quick.
While the oven is heating up, cut the rhubarb into bite-sized pieces and put it into a glass 9x13 baking dish. I had thoughts floating around in my head that rhubarb is acidic enough that you need to avoid metal containers, so I figured glass was probably a good safe choice. Better safe than sorry.
And no need to worry about spraying the pan. I gave it half a second of thought but went without and it was totally fine because it's so wet that it's not going to stick.
|Chopped rhubarb, oj, and honey.|
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
|After cooking 20 minutes.|
Then I mashed the fruit with the back of the spoon and let it cool a bit.
|After mashing with that big serving spoon. I don't like that weird pink and green color.|
After cooling a bit, I transferred it to a smaller container and tucked it into the fridge for later in the week.
|Beautiful ruby color of fresh rhubarb sauce.|
I licked the spoon as I finished cleaning out the baking pan and liked what I tasted. I'm glad I went with this recipe that used only 1/4 cup of honey, it was the right amount of sweetness and not too tart. Some of the other recipes I found used 1/2 cup of sugar, which would have been way too sweet.
I also liked that it added some orange juice for some variety in the flavor. I wanted to add some vanilla extract and a touch of cinnamon, but I completely forgot since I was making this on my lunch break and I was watching the TV show Clean House on my iPad at the same time. I'll probably add a couple of teaspoons of my homemade vanilla (essentially vanilla vodka, a handful of vanilla beans in a bottle of vodka) and a sprinkle of cinnamon later.