Rhubarb Bakewell Tart

The first time I made this the rhubarb sank without trace and the flaked almonds slid inexorably sideways as the topping rose. Then I glanced at Instagram to see a five year old had knocked up a perfect rhubarb frangipane tart after she got home from school. Her mum Jess says she’s hoping for a three course meal by the time the prodigy hits 10.

This is slightly different in that it’s a Bakewell tart topped with rhubarb, ie it has the sophisticated and very adult addition of a layer of raspberry jam. You can fiddle around arranging the rhubarb and nuts or just chop and scatter, it’ll still look and taste good. Just try to live up to the standards set by young Neve and you can’t go wrong.

NB: most frangipanes these days don’t contain flour and baking powder. This one does because it’s an old-fashioned English recipe and reminds me of my mother’s Bakewell tarts. You can leave them out to no ill effect. This is best eaten on the day it is made.

Rhubarb Bakewell Tart

Image of rhubarb Bakewell tart, sliced

Ingredients: 

200g shortcrust pastry

2 tbsp raspberry jam

Topping:

125g caster sugar

125g softened butter

1 egg, lightly beaten with a few drops of almond essence

25g plain flour

1/2 level tspn baking powder

125g ground almonds

3-4 sticks of rhubarb, about as thick as your thumb, washed and trimmed

Flaked almonds

Method:

Make the pastry, form into a flattened ball, wrap and chill for 15-20 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 and put in a baking sheet to heat up.

Roll out the pastry and use to line a loose-bottomed flan tin. Spread with a thin layer of raspberry jam. Chill again while you prepare the topping.

Image of tart with layer of raspberry jam

Put the flour, ground almonds and baking powder in a bowl and give them a stir. In another bowl, beat the caster sugar with the butter until pale and creamy. Add the whisked egg a little at a time. Fold in the dry ingredients with a metal spoon.

Trim the edges of the pastry and top the jam layer with an even layer of frangipane. Arrange the rhubarb and flaked almonds as you’d like them: I abandoned a poncy spiral for a more rough and ready treatment. There’s no need to press them in as the frangipane will rise around them.

Image of tart ready for the oven

Place on the pre-heated baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the frangipane risen and browned.

Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin. Eat warm or at room temperature, preferably with vanilla ice cream or creme fraiche.

Image of the cooked tart

10 thoughts on “Rhubarb Bakewell Tart

  1. ! the type of english puddings that both Italian and French people cannot believe exist until they try them: glorious. Rhubarb is one a beautiful thing to work with, especially, from a visual point of view, the forced one from Yorkshire. Lately I have been experimenting cooking it sous vide at very low temperature… the pieces stay whole and glossy + but my all time favorite way to enjoying it is to eat it raw, dipping each stalks in sugar. thanks for the sound recipe. stefano

    • That takes me back to my childhood, when we were given a saucer of sugar and a stick of rhubarb to dip into it … a home-made sherbert fountain! Your sous vide rhubarb sounds lovely. I still haven’t succumbed to the lure of a sous vide machine … how do you like yours?

      • I bought an anova (with discount): well, I really have not made up my mind: some meat cuts were amazing (hanger steak), fish too, amazing super thick yogurt + good poached eggs… the rabbit was horrible and chicken were not good: tender but pappy, horrible texture. the problem is that u cannot check what u r cooking, so u must rely, at least in the beginning, of the charts (for time and temperature) set by other people… and as u we know there is lots of rubbish out there. hence the necessity to stick to reputable sources: chefsteps, anova, serious eats…

        I can see it it can do magic to some cuts but it also takes some magic out of cooking, in my opinion: u cannot lift the lid to check how things are progressing, or taste a little bit ecc….
        .I am not a great meat eater either: so for me it is perhaps wasted, but the offer was good and I was curious. I want to try some of the creamy desserts on chef steps now

      • That’s really interesting, Stefano, most people I know seem to think they’re universally brilliant (although I always wonder a bit if having spent loads of money on them, they feel obliged to like them. Is that mean of me?) Would be interested to know how you get on as you use it more. Thanks! Lx

  2. Oh my goodness that sounds Devine!! My two favourite things in the world are Bakewell tart and rhubarb 😋 I had thought that maybe the rhubarb was turned into a jam to replace the raspberry jam…either way I bet it’s delicious. Definitely going to have a go of this.

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