Custard tart with poached rhubarb


Preheat an oven to 150°C/gas mark 2. Pour the cream, milk and vanilla extract into a saucepan, then split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds into the pan. Throw the pod in too. Place over a low heat and gently bring to the boil

  • 750ml of double cream
  • 100ml of whole milk
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla pod


Meanwhile, pour the egg yolks and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk until pale and frothy. Once the cream has come to the boil, remove it from the heat and very slowly pour it into the egg yolks, whisking constantly


Brush the tart case all over with beaten egg, then place it on a baking tray and onto the middle shelf of the oven. With the oven door still open, pour the filling mixture through a fine sieve directly into the tart case until it is full to the brim. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until set but with a slight wobble in the middle

  • 1 pre-baked tart case, 12 inches in diameter
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash


While the tart bakes, place the rhubarb in a baking dish and sprinkle with the sugar and around 120ml of water. Add to the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until tender, then remove and set aside to cool

  • 200g of rhubarb, sliced
  • 30g of caster sugar


Leave the tart to cool completely, then slice and serve with the rhubarb on the side

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