Bakewell tart with rhubarb

Bakewell tart with rhubarb

Get ready for the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street with this dessert challenge. Grab your rolling pin and start working on this impressive bakewell tart with rhubarb and almonds.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Servings: 8 people


  • 500g rhubarb, cut into short lengths
  • Handful flaked almonds
  • 50g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 150g softened butter
  • 1 x 375g pack sweet shortcrust pastry
  • 1 small orange, zested and 2 tbsp juice
  • 225g caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp extra for sprinkling
  • 250ml custard


Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, 160°C fan. Toss the rhubarb with 75g of the sugar then spread over a baking tray.

Sprinkle with 2 tbsp orange juice, roast for 20 minutes, then cool.

Roll out the pastry to line a 23cm (9in) loose-bottomed tart tin. Leave excess hanging over and prick the base with a fork.

Chill for 20 minutes until firm. Line with nonstick baking paper and baking beans (these are also known as pie weights in some households) and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the beans and paper, then bake for a further 10 minutes.

Trim the edges when cool.

Remove the rhubarb from the syrup. Mash half and spread over the pastry.

Beat together the remaining sugar, butter, almonds, eggs, almond extract, baking powder, salt and flour until creamy.

Spoon the mixture over the rhubarb purée, then scatter with the remaining rhubarb, flaked almonds and 1 tbsp sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden and risen. Cool in the tin until warm.

Stir the orange zest through the custard, reserving some to sprinkle on top, and warm.

Slice the tart and serve with a drizzle of the rhubarb syrup and the zesty custard.

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