Wednesday, May 19, 2010

rhubarb and strawberry custard tart

we like rhubarb around here

it is so yummy baked in puff pastry
or
 slow cooked to jam
or
finely diced raw and tossed in a bit of sugar and cardamom on top of sweet panna cotta
or
complementing apples and blueberries in a crispy warm cobbler
or like this
churned into a custard protected by strawberry soldiers
in a crispy-buttery crust
can't you just taste it?

actually, if you swing by right now
you might just get the last slice

Rhubarb and Strawberry Custard Tart
(printable recipe)
2 1/2 cups rhubarb--cut into large dice
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3 Tbs lemon juice
4 egg yolks
4 Tbs cornstarch
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbs unsalted butter
1 lb  fresh strawberries
1 pre-baked pie or tart shell
place the rhubarb, sugar,  1/4 tsp salt and lemon juice in a saucepan.  cook on medium heat until the sugar is melted, the rhubarb is soft and the sugar syrup is nice and red and bubbly.  meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, cornstarch, 1/4 tsp salt, cream and vanilla until pale yellow.  slowly temper the eggs with the rhubarb and sugar, then put it all back into the saucepan.  turn the heat to low and stir continually until it begins to thicken to a custard. allow the mixture to just bubble...don't let it go to a rolling boil, but you can let it bubble once or twice.  pour into a clean bowl and stir in unsalted butter.  let it cool to lukewarm, then pour into prepared crust.  top with whole strawberry soldiers, or slice strawberries and lay flat on top.  place in refrigerator to chill before serving.
*if you are worried at all about your crust sogging, one of my tricks is to "seal" it with a bit of white chocolate.  this just provides a layer between the moisture..which helps keep the crust, crusty.


42 comments:

  1. Love this recipe, thank you for sharing it! Best wishes, C. :)

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  2. Do you know... I don't think i have ever had rhubarb. It must have been something my mother didn't really care for, because I never remember eating it as a kid. But your tart looks delicious. Wish I could try a bit through the computer screen!

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  3. Good Morning Christy!

    You have such mouth watering recipes!! I actually have some rhubarb in my freezer. I am going to try this recipe for the weekend. The only question that I have is: Kosher salt--can you substitute regular table salt for that? Just curious.

    Thanks for sharing that "R" recipe with us and for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit. We love having company!

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  4. Christy, this looks amazing and I'm glad I'll be getting a pastry lesson next week, so I can try this at home. When is rhubarb season over, or will frozen do if I miss it?

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  5. What a great looking recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe and thanks for the visit.

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  6. Would you like to come over to my house and fix this for me...right now?! :-) This looks awesome!! I just found your blog through the alphabet party, and I can't wait to explore your blog more ~ I love to cook and bake! I'm adding your blog to my favorites list!

    ~angela @ peonypatch
    www.mccalled.com/peonypatch

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  7. This looks like a lovely take on rhubarb! I love your tip to cure a soggy crust and I love the strawberry soldiers guarding. I will definitely try this. Joni

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  8. Christy, my mouth is watering. You had me at rhubarb! What wonderful ways to enjoy the tart ruby stalk! Your tart sounds heavenly! My family and I went strawberry picking as part of our annual Mothers' Day tradition, but gobbled up our haul before I had a chance to make a single pie, tart, or jar of jam. You've inspired me to head back out to the farm so I can bring that divine union of flavors together ~ strawberry and rhubarb!

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  9. jacque...yes you can use table salt, but i would only use 1/4 tsp in total...so eliminate the salt from the rhubarb component and it will be fine. i hope you enjoy the tart--it really is yummy!

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  10. april...i have been able to find rhubarb through spring and summer here in california...frozen works just as well. i freeze my rhubarb at the end of the season so i can use it all year long.

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  11. dang, that looks fantastic, wish i could bake LOL :D

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  12. That sure looks good. Rhubarb always will remind me of my dear ole grandfather, as this was his favorite pie. Thanks for the visit.

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  13. yum! this look absolutely delicious!

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  14. What a delicious "R" post! My father-in-law loves rhubarb and his family had it on their farm in Ohio when he was a boy. Thank you so much for sharing your photo and recipe.

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  15. That is sooooo beautiful and yummy looking~ I hope you did save the last piece for me
    :-)

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  16. I am soooo making this ... i grow rhubarb ... and this recipe looks amazing!!!

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  17. Looks oh so yummy. Any ideas what to use if allergic to strawberries? I am, grrr me and my allergics. Have a piece for me.

    Have a great week.

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  18. Just looking at this, I think I gained 5 lbs.!

    Thanks for stopping by. I'll keep your friend in my prayers for a safe return home.

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  19. Rhubarb and strawberries always go together. My brother hates rhubarb and I gave him the nickname rhubarb. It stuck and he'll always be rhubarb to me.

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  20. I love these fattening visits to your blog. My waistline, on the other hand, doesn't!

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  21. Looks like a great recipe.

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  22. I just know that it will be delicious - but the look of it - so pretty!

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  23. kathy---i think rhubarb pairs well with raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. it is also good with apples, but i don't think that would work in this recipe. you can omit the berry altogether and top the custard with whipped cream or even a toasted meringue. you can also omit the crust, put in small ramekins and brulee the top with vanilla sugar--vanilla and rhubarb are really yummy together. the options are endless!!!

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  24. Rhubarb is delicious-I agree. Your recipe looks fabulous and I will definitely try it.

    I posted a rhubarb recipe too!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  25. Strawberry rhubarb is one of my favorite pies, and this tart sounds delicious too. And it's beautiful! Kathy

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  26. I have not eaten rhubarb for such a long time but love it and this recipe looks wonderful!

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  27. I like anything that involves strawberries thought I don't know if I ever tasted rhubarb but perhaps I did but never knew it

    thanks for your visit

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  28. Oh Yum! I adore tarts and thsi looks so delicious!

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  29. Christy, Rocco was very nice. He took a lot of time to talk to us and sign our books and he answered all our questions. He really likes attention so being a media spokesperson for Bertolli is the perfect job for him.

    I really enjoyed seeing LA for a day and a half! I'm definitley coming back someday to see more!

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  30. Confession... I'm not sure I actually know what rhubarb is. But your rhubarb custard tart with those lovely strawberries looks amazing. You should be a caterer (if you aren't already) or have a cookbook with your lovely photos and recipes.

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  31. That looks so amazing, although I've never cooked/baked/eaten rhubarb - Maybe this summer is the time to start! :0)

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  32. Oh, I love rhubarb! In a custard tart is almost too much!!

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  33. I love rhubarb too! I would have loved to "swing" by! My mom would make rhubarb sauce and rhubarb crunch tart... Since she has passed away, my dad has learned how to make rhubarb sauce....it is very good :o)

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!
    Blessings & Aloha!
    (thank you also for stopping by :o) Yes, Road Warrior would have been a great title for my post! haha)

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  34. In recent years I've developed a taste for rhubarb. Now I really love it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  35. I can just taste it, with one look. YUM! Hope there is an event we will meet at in the future.

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  36. Awww - and all I'm doing with my rhubarb is putting it in a crumble! How boring am I! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  37. OMG! I am drooling over this recipe! Yum!

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  38. I'm coming, I'm coming! Darn. It's Sunday night! I bet it is all gone! Even without the picture your description made me drool.

    What a delicious stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "R"!

    Thank you for making my raspberries and greek yogurt planned dessert sound totally boring!

    ha!

    A+

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  39. ok, this is a definite make....I love rhubarb......yum!

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