Rhubarb-Oatmeal Bars

Rhubarb makes yummy bars to enjoy as finger-food when cut small or served with a fork and ice cream for dessert. With the combination setting, it is not necessary to cook the crust before adding the filling since the microwave energy helps it cook in one step.

RHUBARB-OATMEAL BARS

Filling:

3 cups chopped rhubarb

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup orange juice

Crust:

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened


1. Combine all filling ingredients in 4-cup silicone measure; stir lightly. MICROWAVE (100%), uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until boiling, stirring 3 to 4 times. Set aside. Preheat microwave-convection oven to 375 degrees. 

2. Combine all crust ingredients in mixing bowl. Stir with fork until crumbly. Press about half of mixture into 9-inch square silicone baking pan. Top with rhubarb mixture. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Place on low rack.

3. COMBO-BAKE with 375 degrees and 10% microwave (Low-Mix) for 18 to 20 minutes or until bubbly throughout. (If necessary, turn off turntable and rotate dish once about halfway through cooking time. Cool. Cut into bars.

About 8 Servings

TIPS>Bars freeze well.

>If not using silicone, be sure to grease baking dish.

>About 1/2 cup chopped nuts can be added to crust.

>The deep 10.5-inch round silicone baking dish can be used. Cut into wedges with the slim silicone spatula and top with whipped cream or ice cream for serving.

From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 

 

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