When I was a kid, I would dip rhubarb stalks into a bowl of sugar and eat them like that. My tastes have evolved since then, but rhubarb is still one of my favorite flavors in the world.
I like my rhubarb in many different varieties, especially in this betty form. A betty is a really classic, old-fashioned dessert. I’m intrigued by a betty’s simplicity and its old style roots in down-home Americana. Plus, betties are really easy to put together. Fruit, sugar, bread crumbs and butter. I love that.
Betties are traditionally made with apple, but I’m jumping at the opportunity right now because rhubarb season is at its peak in May. Betties are usually baked with some kind of buttered bread crumb, like brioche, which is what I use. It’s a great way to get creative with that stale bread you’ve got in the pantry.
Layer the rhubarb with the sugar and the buttered crumbs. More sugar, more crumbs. The rhubarb will really come through nicely. Watch the video at the top of the page, and bake along with me. Enjoy!