I’m sure a lot of you, like me, name your desserts. Bill, Sue, Sally, whatever. It’s no different than naming your baby other than the fact that you do not eat your baby, usually. How many times have you looked at a baby and said “I could just eat you up”. That’s because the brain has a very difficult time distinguishing what is a dessert and what is a baby. Therefore, the line between saying it and actually doing it very thin indeed.
So it makes sense to name your dessert. Don’t worry, I know you do it and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
A cupcake is cute, and sweet and squishy. It’s basically a baby with icing hair. It’d be weird not to name it.
With that in mind I introduce you to Rhubarbablob. Ruby for short.
Rhubarbablob is what some of you may call a rustic rhubarb tart. But to me. She was Rhubarbablob.
It’s spring in Southern Ontario and I’m patiently waiting for asparagus season to arrive but until it does, if I want to eat something seasonal I have to go with the one thing that sprouts before asparagus in the spring, and that’s rhubarb.
But I didn’t think many of you would know what fiddleheads were, plus I find them gross even though they’re rare and a delicacy and liking them makes you instantly super-cool. With fiddlehead breath. Fiddleheads are the unfurled sprouts of Ostrich ferns and if I had to describe what they taste like I’d have to say they taste like fern. Really strong, dirty ferns.
Every year when the rhubarb begins to grow I start making rhubarb crisp. But this year I wanted to try to do something savoury with my first stalks of red rhubarb. Something different, anything but a dessert because everyone uses rhubarb for dessert. They make rhubarb crisp, or rhubarb pie, or rhubarb pudding. I wanted to be different. I wanted to make a chutney or compote that could be served with pork or chicken and wouldn’t be yet another rhubarb dessert.
So I rolled up my sleeves and made a rhubarb tart.
You may know her as Rhubarbablob.
Good news. You can make this as difficult or as easy as you want. Better news. There’s really no screwing it up.
For a medium sized tart you’ll need around 3 cups of rhubarb. I had 2 cups of fresh plus a cup of frozen that I had from last fall.
Mix up your rhubarb, sugars, flour and nutmeg. If you want it sweeter then add more sugar, just know that if you add more sugar you’ll end up with more liquid in the tart. To help compensate for this add a bit more flour too.
Spoon the filling into a rolled out pie shell. (I had homemade pie dough in the freezer, but if you want just buy a frozen shell and roll it out a bit to make it look homemade.) Fold the edges of the dough around the filling.
Brush the dough with milk and then sprinkle it with sugar.
If you want to, go nuts. Add pecans or walnuts to the top.
- Pie dough (homemade or frozen)
- 3 cups chopped rhubarb
- ½ cup white sugar
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- handful of chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
- 1 Tablespoon of milk
- Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C)
- Roll out pie dough into 16" or so circle. Place rolled out dough onto a baking sheet.
- Combine rhubarb, sugars, flour and nutmeg and pour into centre of dough. Fold edges of dough around rhubarb filling.
- Brush dough edges with milk and generously sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 10 minutes in 425°F (220°C) oven. Reduce temperature to 375°F (190°C) and bake another 35 - 40 minutes.
It’s a thing of beauty the Rhubarbablob.
It’s sweet and cute and adorable.
Now eat that baby.
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