Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Great Rhubarb Weekend: Cake, Crumble and Jam!


Forty eight hours baking. One bountiful crop of rhubarb. Three recipes. 

Spoons at the ready...

The first recipe is inspired by the retro sweet that is Rhubarb and Custard. My very, very first job was working in a sweet shop. In my element selling confectionery, I felt I'd reached the pinnacle of my working life by the age of thirteen- I was paid £1.90 an hour (which comfortably covered the cost of each week's Smash Hits magazine) and could eat as many sweets as I liked. I'll repeat that last bit: I could eat as many sweets as I liked. After I was employed, profits in the first quarter took a nose dive. 

Anyways, back then, boiled sweets such as Rhubarb and Custard didn't really appeal- it was the Bon Bons and Millions that I'd be munching on. But this cake version is a soft, sweet scrumptious version, dotted with creamy custard and bright, cheerful roasted rhubarb. The original recipe is from Good Food magazine May 2009 and can be found right here.



Secondly, we dug into the crumble: a comforting classic if there ever was. 

Rhubarb Crumble

500g rhubarb, diced into 3 cm chunks
110g caster sugar

150g self raising flour
90g butter, chilled
50g demerara sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
Optional: 50g chopped walnuts or almonds or oats

1. Place the rhubarb in a medium-sized baking dish and sprinkle the caster sugar over the top
2. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas Mark 6. To make the crumble, rub the butter with your finger tips into the flour until it resembles bread-crumbs. Add the sugar and ginger (and optional ingredients if using) and mix together with your hands.
3. Sprinkle the crumble over the rhubarb and using the palms of your hands gently press the crumble down
4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the rhubarb bubbling up at the sides
5. Serve warm with custard or ice cream



And to complete the trio: Rhubarb and Vanilla jam. This is a recipe that is made year after year because its simple so darn tasty. Another Good Food Magazine favourite (from February 2010) it can also be found here.


Ohh, and here are some pretty pictures of flowers from that lovely spell of sunny weather we had.









This post is being entered into not one but two brilliant blogging challenges: How to Cook Good Food and Working London Mummy's One Ingredient and Ren's Fabulicious Food Simple and In Season:

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17 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a whole lot of rhubarb!! Luckily I love Rhubarb!! I've made a Rhurbarb and Custard cake in the past and it was really tasty!! All your creations look great :-)

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  2. The cake looks amazing. I love fruit in a cake and am now hoping there is still rhubarb in the supermarket when I go tomorrow so I can try and make this.

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  3. I can't even decide which recipe I would want to try first, it all looks so good! I can't wait till I get my hands on some rhubarb now.

    By the way, did you used to collect all the stickers and lyrics cards from Smash Hits? Man I thought they were cool, ha!

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  4. What a gorgeous rhubarb round up! I want to try them all,although I think it's the cake that has really stolen my heart.

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  5. What a productive weekend you had! I love all 3 rhubarb creations and I also had a love of rhubarb & custard sweets, always ordering a quarter along with the good old cola cubes!
    Thank you for entering into the #oneingredient challenge with cake, crumble and jam. So yummy :-) xx

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  6. I think our rhubarb must be a week or so behind yours... but who cares... bloody AMAZING recipes... tart - YES... crumble YES... jam stuff... YES YES YES!

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  7. Simply beautiful post - what a treat all that rhubarb is - LOVE rhubarb!
    mary x

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  8. what a wonderful set of recipes for me to try out. Like the idea of the jam and crumble always a favourite. thanks for taking part in the one ingredient challenge x

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  9. As a rhubarb addict I am drooling at your lovely photos!

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  10. I'm always impressed by people growing their own, gardening isn't something I excel at! Great post showing how versatile rhubarb is, I have had to buy mine ready to take part in this challenge!

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  11. Ohhhh, that cake looks amazing! Never made one before, but as soon as my neighbour gives me some rhubarb I'll be finding your recipe again.

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  12. FABULOUS recipes and I left my crown of rhubarb in France just about to be ready for harvesting, so I will need to buy some locally here! SHAME! Hehehehe!

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  13. Brilliant post! Love all the rhubarb goodness... I've been wanting to try a rhubarb and custard cake for ages but have never gotten round to it.

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  14. I had a weekend like this last year, where I spent the weekend making lots of things with plums! Loving the rhubarb ideas, all looks lovely!

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  15. That cake looks particularly soft and delicious - yum! Lots of baking, and lots of things to enjoy!

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  16. Wow I love the look of your rhubarb and custard cake! I too was (and still am) a big fan of millions and smash hits! :) I wish my rhubarb had survived last year so could make a massive feast! Keepingy fingers crossed for my raspberries this year!

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  17. Wow, what a treat Kate, I love all your rhubarb creations, you've really done your rhubarb proud! Thank you so much for linking up to Simple and in Season xxx

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