This Naked Civil Servant dessert is named in tribute for a British eccentric. A classic rhubarb crisp, it is deliciously flavorful and fun, with a delightful, appealing colour, rather like Mr. Crisp himself.

Quentin Crisp
Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 6 to 8
  • 4 Cups fresh rhubarb, cut up
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 3/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup butter
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place rhubarb in ungreased baking dish, 6x10-inch. Sprinkle with salt. Measure sugar, flour and cinnamon into a bowl. Add butter and mix thoroughly until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Sprinkle evenly over rhubarb.
  4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until topping is golden brown.
  5. Serve warm with light cream or ice cream.
We adapted and named this classic British dessert for Quentin Crisp, a London suburban eccentric, wit and homosexual raconteur whose sayings are the stuff of legend. He couldn't cook anything more than a cup of tea by his own admission, dining out most of his life, surviving on "peanuts and champagne" at receptions and parties. He lived to nearly 91 years and became an icon for Gay rights throughout the United States and Britain.

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