Posts Tagged With: rhubarb

Rhubarb and rosewater Eton mess

A take on the classic English dessert with gorgeous contrasting textures & flavours: crunchy, soft, creamy, hard, sweet, acid… yum yum YUM!

Fresh from the garden: strawberries, rhubarb, eggs
Recipe source: Adapted from a recipe by Sophie Dahl in The Delicious Miss Dahl
Serves: 12 at home


  • Kitchen Aid, whisk attachment
  • Scales
  • Large baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • Measures: teaspoon
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Frying pan
  • 2 serving plates




For the meringues

  • 8 large eggs
  • 400g raw caster sugar
  • 1 pinch salt

For the rhubarb compote

  • 200ml boiling water
  • 120g raw caster sugar
  • 1kg rhubarb
  • 2 teaspoons rose water

For the cream

  • 500ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • Almond slivers to serve

What to do:

  • First make the meringues. Preheat the oven to 120C. Separate the eggs.
  • In a clean bowl or mixer whisk the egg whites until they reach firm peaks.
  • Gradually mix in the sugar and salt and whisk well until the mixture is thick white and glossy. This should take about 7-8 minutes.
  • Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper – use a little dab of the meringue mixture to stick it down.
  • Spoon the mixture into blobs on your baking tray leaving a generous gap between them. Bake for 1 hour.
  • Whilst the meringues are baking, make the rhubarb compote. Wash the rhubarb and trim any leaves away. Chop into 3cm rounds.
  • In a pan, boil the water with the sugar and add the rhubarb when it starts bubbling. Stir and let it cook for about 5 minutes on a medium heat. When the rhubarb is tender, remove from the heat. Add the rose water and leave to the side.
  • Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.
  • Split the vanilla pod down the middle and scrape out the seeds. Stir them into the whipped cream.
  • Place the cooled meringues on the serving plate, breaking a few of them up and leaving a few whole. Spoon the cream over the top, then drizzle the compote on top of the cream.
  • Lightly toast the almond slivers in a dry frying pan and sprinkle them over the top.
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Rhubarb and apple crumble tarts

Winter: the perfect time for rhubarb crumble! And here made dainty in the form of little tarts…

Fresh from the garden: rhubarb, apple
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 4 or 24 tastes


  • 4 x 10cm fluted tart tins with removable bases
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Small baking tray
  • Peelers and corer
  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measures: scales, ½ cup, 1/3 cup, ¼ cup, teaspoon
  • Bowls – large, medium
  • Baking paper & baking beans
  • Serving plates

  • 1 sheet (25cm) ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 bunch rhubarb
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • Double cream, to serve

Oaty crumble

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • Bring the pastry out of the freezer and carefully separate one sheet from the others. (You may need to do this with a long bread knife, sliding it between the sheets to break apart). Let the sheet thaw for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Place the tins onto a baking tray. With the pastry sheet still on its plastic, divide into quarters, then line your tart tins with the pastry, gently pushing into the corners to shape.
  • Line the pastry with baking paper and fill with baking beans. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes until golden and crisp. Remove from oven.
  • Meanwhile, peel and core the apples and then chop into 1cm pieces. Wash and chop the rhubarb into similar pieces.
  • Place the apple, rhubarb and sugar in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, gently stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until apple and rhubarb have released their juices and are just tender. Remove from heat.
  • To make the crumble, measure the sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon in a medium bowl and stir until well mixed. Then chop up the butter and place into the oat mixture, using your fingertips to rub the butter into the mixture until just combined.
  • Spoon the rhubarb mixture evenly among the crisped pastry cases, then sprinkle with the crumble mixture. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the crumble mixture is golden brown and crisp.
  • Carefully slide out of the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before lifting the tarts out of the cases, placing them on a clean, dry chopping board and slicing into small wedges.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with a dollop of double cream if you like!

Notes: Can you eat rhubarb leaves? Why do we bake the cases first? What is this called? What are baking beans or beans?

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Rhubarb and pear compote with vanilla yoghurt

This recipe is a goody for Mothers’ Day coming up – imagine your mama waking up to the smell of this bubbling away on the stovetop, just in time for a lazy breakfast-in-bed?! You’ll have brownie points at least for the rest of the day!

Rhubarb and pear compote, vanilla yoghurt

Fresh from the garden: orange, rhubarb, pears
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Tracy Rutherford in Australian Good Taste
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes


  • Paper towel
  • Microplane zester
  • Chopping board & knives
  • Bowls – large, medium, small
  • Measures – ¼ cup, tablespoon
  • Peelers
  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Colander
  • Spatula
  • Small sauce bowls
  • Serving bowls & plates

  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 bunch (about 700g) rhubarb
  • 4 ripe pears
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Vanilla yoghurt

  • 200ml Greek yoghurt
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

 What to do:

  • Wash and wipe the orange dry. Zest into a small bowl, then cut the orange in half and then juice to yield ¼ cup.
  • Trim the rhubarb, discarding the leaves into the rubbish (not the compost). Wash well, then chop into 3cm lengths.
  • Wash the pears and peel. Slice into quarters and then cut out the core. Slice the wedges in half again.
  • Place the orange juice and sugar in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  • Add the rhubarb, pear, orange zest and cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover and cook for a further 5 minutes or until fruit is tender and liquid thickens slightly. Remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes to cool.
  • Meanwhile prepare the yoghurt: halve the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape the seeds from inside each half. Mix these into the yoghurt with the tablespoon of white caster sugar, and divide into small sauce bowls. Chill until ready to serve.
  • When the compote is ready, divide it among your serving bowls. Place them on a serving plate with the small yoghurt bowl and serve!

Notes: Why do we discard the rhubarb leaves into the rubbish?  What is Greek yoghurt? What could you sprinkle on to this dish to make it even yummier? What is a compote?

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Jamie Oliver’s stewed rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt

Jamie Oliver is an English chef, well-known for his food-focussed television shows, a multitude of restaurants globally and campaigns against processed foods in English schools. He has recently started a push toward the British equivalent of our own Kitchen Garden Program for school kids.

Fresh from the garden: rhubarb, orange


  • Chopping board & knife
  • Citrus juicer
  • Microplane zester
  • Scales
  • Medium saucepan
  • Measures – jug, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Serving bowls



  • 750g rhubarb
  • Juice and zest of 1 large orange
  • 100g caster sugar, plus 1 tablespoon extra
  • 2 pieces stem ginger
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 250ml natural Greek yoghurt

What to do:

  • Wash and shake the rhubarb stems dry. Trim all the leaves completely from the stalks and discard. Chop the stalks into 2cm strips.
  • Zest and then juice the orange. Finely chop the ginger.
  • Place the chopped rhubarb in the saucepan with the orange juice and zest, 100g caster sugar, 2 tablespoons of water and the ginger. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes until the rhubarb is soft and cooked, but still holds its shape. Stir in the teaspoon of rosewater.
  • Meanwhile, halve the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds from each half. Mix these into the yoghurt with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Serve the warm rhubarb topped with a large dollop of vanilla yoghurt.

Notes: Are rhubarb leaves edible or poisonous? What does rhubarb taste like? Is rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable? What is rosewater and what does it remind you of?

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Rhubarb and mint muffins

Fresh from the garden: eggs, rhubarb, mint

Recipe source: Melissa


These are super-easy to whip up and delicious warm from the oven! You can substitute any berries and we love the herby addition of English or chocolate mint.


  • 12-hole muffin tin
  • Paper muffin cases
  • Bowls – large, medium
  • Colander
  • Chopping board and small knife
  • Measures – cup, ½ cup, 1/3 cup
  • Stand mixer & bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Skewer
  • Serving plates

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1 large or several small stalks of rhubarb
  • A sprig of mint



What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Line the muffin tin with the muffin cases.
  • Wash the rhubarb stalk, then drain it into the colander. Chop all the leaves off and discard into the compost. Peel off any stringy fibres and then cut into very thin slices to yield one cup.
  • Wash the mint and strip off the leaves, discarding the stem. Chop the leaves finely.
  • Measure out the flour and sugar into the bowl of the stand mixer and turn on for a minute to mix.
  • Whisk the eggs in the medium bowl and then add with the yoghurt and oil to the mixer and mix again until well combined.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand and using the spatula, gently fold through the sliced rhubarb and chopped mint.
  • Spoon into the muffin cases evenly.
  • Carefully slide into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Divide among serving plates and eat!

Notes: Why is it so important to remove all the rhubarb leaves? Why do we strip off the fibres? Why should the skewer come out clean when the muffins are cooked?

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May 24th 2012

With a sniffle and a snuffle we’re slowly making our way into winter – one more week to go chaps! – with cold nights and misty mornings, and my scarf wardrobe getting a workout… we’ve been late-autumning it up a bit in the cottage: last week the classes made the hearty ribollita soup from Tuscany (cavolo nero, overnight-soaked cannellini beans, carrot, tomato, celery, onion, stale ciabatta) and warmed up with a hit of chilli oil in Sean’s Panaroma’s recipe of handmade lingine with rocket, chilli, lemon and parmesan… alas the children ate all the linguine and left little for the grown-up volunteers… not even the chilli held them back! There was a little rhubarb for some crumble (of course!) and a drizzle of crème Anglaise for a lovely and rare sweet treat 😉

So we’re continuing on this week with the dried bean obsession – cooking off soaked borlotti beans in water with lots of sage and garlic until soft, then dousing in some rosemary-infused olive oil and finishing with a sprinkle of parsley. So simple and sooo good. Only bettered by spreading over buttered Iggy’s country sourdough! And jazzing up a crunchy radish salad with poached eggs and tarragon sauce – and we’ve now finished off the olives we picked in March in some hand-punched olive and rosemary foccacia.

To finish: for those cold nights with the heater dusted off and turned up to 11, we heartily recommend the rocket and coriander soup we’ve been making this week. Recipe to follow!

Keep warm out there… Melissa

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