Best rhubarb recipes ever

 Rhubarb. It’s the marmite among vegetables (and yes, it’s a vegetable, not a fruit.) You either love it or hate it. Well, don’t dis it until you’ve tried these recipes – designed to turn even the most committed rhubarb avoider.

I too was once averse to rhubarb – or at least the acrid stewed variety served with globular custard. But then I inherited several square metres of the stuff (rhubarb, not custard) when I took on the allotment. It seemed rude not to try it and I’m now a born again rhubarb worshipper.

There’s really only one rule when it comes to cooking rhubarb: chuck loads of calories at it.  So, here in no particular order, are my top three rhubarb recipes. Go on, try something new today….

1. Rhubarb and almond cake.

This works equally well as a pudding served with cream, or as a cake. Either way, it hasn’t been known to last more than a day in our house.

  • 350g  rhubarb, cut into 4cm lengths
  • 200g  caster sugar
  • 140g butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Half teaspoon baking powder
  • 85g self raising flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • Zest and juice of one small orange (optional)

Mix the rhubarb with 50g of the sugar and the orange zest. Leave for one hour, stirring a couple of times.

Cream the butter and remaining sugar. Add the eggs, baking powder, flour and ground almonds. Stir in the orange juice. Spoon into a 23cm round cake tin.

Drain the rhubarb and arrange over the cake

Cook at 190 degrees (170 fan oven) for about 45 minutes until done. 

This is adapted from one of my favourite baking books, BBC Good Food 101 Cakes and Bakes.( I just took out the fiddly bits.)

2. Rhubarb ripple and ginger ice cream.

Possibly the best thing since Haagen Dazs and you don’t even need an ice cream maker.  Sod the calories, I’m breastfeeding. That’s my excuse, what’s yours?

  • 250g rhubarb, washed, trimmed & cut into 2cm piece
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or a vanilla pod
  • 600ml double cream 
  • tin condensed milk
  • 2tsp ginger

Cover the rhubarb with the sugar & leave for couple of hours.  Place the rhubarb, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and bring gently to the boil.

Cover and simmer for 10 minutes until the rhubarb has softened and the syrup has thickened. Cool completely.

Whisk the condensed milk, cream and ginger together until it forms soft peaks. Beat in half the rhubarb mixture. Pour into a freezable container and swirl through the rest of the rhubarb mixture. 

Freeze for at least 4 hours. 

 This recipe is adapted from one at The Crazy Kitchen where you can find loads more great things to cook.

3. Rhubarb crème brulee

Don’t be put off by the brulee bit – no blow torches necessary. Do beware if transporting by car though – I once slopped it over the footwell on route to a birthday party.  Cheers Delia for this one. 

  • 800g rhubarb
  • 3 heaped tablespoons Demerara sugar
  • 200 ml Greek yoghurt
  • 300 ml Extra thick double cream
  •  For the brulee: 175g Demerara sugar

Cut the rhubarb into 2.5cm pieces. Mix with the sugar and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 mins, or until tender, turning half way through.

Allow the rhubarb to cool completely and drain off the juice.

Mix the cream and yoghurt and spread over the rhubarb. Then spread the Demerara sugar over the top, making sure the entire surface is covered.

Preheat the grill by turning it to the highest setting and leaving to get hot for 15 minutes.

Place the dish 7.5 cm under the heat and let the sugar melt, bubble and caramelise to a rich golden brown. This should take around 8 minutes, but watch carefully and don’t allow to burn.

Cool, refrigerate, then serve.

So there you go, a trio of rhubarb recipes, fit for Come Dine With Me.  What’s your favourite?

And a final health and safety tip: don’t eat the leaves, they’re poisonous!

About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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  1. Fab timing: I have masses of the stuff at the minute. Will try the cake for sure, think I can scrape together all the rest of the ingreds without leaving the house. Score! x

  2. thanks for the mention, I really need to make some more of that ice cream…we all loved it. I need to make a rhubarb cake too as I still have loads in the freezer. Great recipes.

  3. Thanks for the recipes, Becky –
    can’t wait to try the Rhubarb and almond cake – looks fantastic!

  4. During a work related trip to Austria I side stepped a corporate gathering and met up with an old colleague who took me to a schnapps distillery where I discovered (and sampled) a wide range of fruit flavoured schnapps. My absolute favourite was the rhubarb one. It tasted just like the old fashioned rhubarb and custard sweets we used to get when we were kids but with added alcohol 🙂
    My supply has now run out so I compensate by making a boozy rhubarb crumble with my forced grown stalks from the allotment.

  5. Margaret says:

    Has anyone tried adding the juice of a fresh orange and the finely grated peel to pies and crumbles. It defuses the acid and children do enjoy it .Incidently Wakefied,West Yorkshire U.K. hold a rhubarb festival each year. It is a 3 day event and really good after all it is in the U.K rhubarb triangle.


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