Rhubarb Tarte

Rhubarb Tarte

©Julian Kutos

Rhubarb Tarte

Rhubarb Tarte

©Julian Kutos

For shortcrust pastry (for 1 tart 24cm in diameter):

Ingredients

150
g
butter
100
g
sugar
3
egg yolks
1
pinch
salt
2
teaspoon
vanilla sugar (or vanilla essence)
300
g
plain flower
butter for greasing
30
g
breadcrumbs
30
g
ground almonds
30
g
sugar

For the filling (for 1 tart 24cm in diameter):

Ingredients

1,5
kg
rhubarb
100
g
blackcurrant jam
50
g
granulated sugar
50
g
butter
3
tablespoon
gin
1/2
vanilla pod
zest of 1 lemon
50
ml
water
30
g
sugar for sprinkling

For the meringue (for 1 tart 24cm in diameter):

Ingredients

3
egg whites
50
g
granulated sugar
1
pinch
salt

Shortcrust pastry: 

  • Bring butter to room temperature. Cut into small cubes. Mix all ingredients by hand or with a food processor until a soft dough is formed.
  • Roll out the dough between two pieces of baking paper to a thickness of about 4mm. Put the thin dough in the fridge for 1 hour. Grease a springform pan with butter.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan assisted). Remove the cold dough from both pieces of baking paper. Use the springform pan base as a template and cut out a round tart base of the same diameter.
  • Cut out 3-4cm wide, 15-20cm long strips to line the rim of the tin. Carefully lift the tart base into the springform pan.
  • Install the rim pieces, press them gently with your hands and join to bottom of the tart. Mix breadcrumbs, sugar and ground almonds and sprinkle in tart.
  • Bake tart for 15 minutes until the dough comes away easily from the springform pan. Then remove from mould. 

Filling: 

  • Rhubarb: Carefully wash, peel and cut into even pieces. In a pan, simmer the rhubarb pieces with jam, sugar, butter, gin, lemon zest, water, vanilla pulp and scraped pods for 15 to 20 min over medium heat.
  • The filling by now should be thick. Preheat oven to 170°C. Put the ring from the springform pan back on the tart.
  • Pour the filling into the tart and sprinkle with sugar. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 35 minutes until the filling is set and the pastry is golden brown.
  • After 20 min remove the ring and finish baking without the ring.

Meringue: 

  • Preheat the oven to 200 ° C 
  • Salt the egg whites and mix with a hand mixer in a large bowl. Slowly pour in the sugar and beat until stiff.
  • Put the egg whites on the tart and spread it on. Bake the tart for 10 minutes on the second rack from the top. Watch the tart and don't let it catch too much colour.
  • The egg whites should be lightly browned and not too firm. Let the tart cool and serve cold.