Rhubarb Custard

My rhubarb has finally reached a good height for pulling (did you know that rhubarb stalks should be pulled, and not cut or broken?) I’m excited for a mini-marathon of rhubarb recipes.

First up, Rhubarb Custard. This was adapted from a recipe in this month’s Martha Stewart Living. I made a few changes to make it (gasp) a tiny bit healthier, most notably the addition of white whole wheat flour. I typically don’t do this, but I gave it a try. The result? I liked it, my son loved it, and my husband was wondering what was wrong with me since I served a not-so-sweet dessert.

It isn’t super-sweet, and I actually think it would make for a special breakfast or unique brunch dish. Enjoy!

Rhubarb Custard, adapted from May 2010 Martha Stewart Living

butter for greasing baking dish
a few T of white sugar for sprinkling in dish
3/4 cup brown sugar
12 oz rhubarb, diced
1 1/2 cup whole milk
1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
3 eggs
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp salt

1) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and sprinkle sugar in 8×11 rectangular baking dish or large oval baking dish.

2) Toss rhubarb with 1/4 cup brown sugar in baking dish. Bake until rhubarb begins to soften, 20-30 minutes. If rhubarb is not in single layer, stir partway through baking. Leave oven on.

3) Meanwhile, blend milk, flour, eggs, 1/2 cup brown sugar, salt, and almond extract in blender until smooth.

4) Pour over rhubarb, and bake until just set. Time will depend on the size of your dish and how thick the custard is, 25-35 minutes.

Comments 4

  1. Reiko wrote:

    Anna,
    Congratulations on your new son! He is beautiful!!

    Your rhubarb custard looks and sounds delicious! Do you grow your own rhubarb??

    Posted 04 May 2010 at 3:02 am
  2. Anna wrote:

    Thank you!

    I inherited three rhubarb plants when we moved to a new house – but I did have one at my old house too. I highly recommend planting some. If you planted this year, you wouldn’t get a great harvest for a year or two, but after that you can practically ignore it and it will thrive. And even better, it comes up so early, its a very satisfying thing to grow for us northern gardeners.

    Posted 04 May 2010 at 3:16 pm
  3. susan from food blogga wrote:

    Gosh! That looks so delicious! I made a strawberry-rhubarb sponge cake that is similar to this which I really liked. Now I’m thinking I should make this one. :)

    Posted 04 May 2010 at 5:52 pm
  4. Anna wrote:

    A spongecake sounds lovely! I can’t wait for our strawberries to come into season here in Wisconsin – sadly, we’re probably a few weeks away!

    Posted 08 May 2010 at 6:22 pm

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