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Soft and delicious English rhubarb custard pudding to celebrate the season. A Nigella Lawson recipe. Sweet and tangy, light and refreshing.

Nigella’s Rhubarb Custard

Nigella Lawson’s delicious rhubarb custard, an English-style pudding or dessert.

Rhubarb time again!!!!!!!! So happy! I love this kind of seasonal product that makes one happy that either spring or autumn or whatever is there again: rhubarb, asparagus, and elderflower in spring or pumpkin in autumn, just wonderful.

english rhubarb dessert baked in a bakind dish with small white daisies behind it.

I like anything made with this wonderful plant, so you will probably get a few more recipes posted here before the season is over. Have a look at this Blueberry Rhubarb Jam, this Simple Syrup, or this amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Bundt Cake! And learn What to Do with Rhubarb? (Bake, Cook, Preserve – a full article all about dealing with rhubarb.

This sweet and tart-baked rhubarb custard pudding is a recipe I found in Nigella Lawson’s book “How To Eat.” I might have mentioned before how much I love this book. Not only the recipes but mostly the way it is written. I can actually read it like reading a novel. I never had that with any other cookbooks except for Nigella.

collage of two pictures of a baked dessert in the dish and sliced on a plate.

What do you need to make baked custard?

Rhubarb:

  • You will need 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs. I love to make this baked pudding not only because it tastes so good but also because it uses a lot of the plant, and I always seem to have too much of it. And there is only so much jam I can make.
  • You might want to learn How to Freeze Rhubarb as well; the frozen pieces can be used for this dessert.

Eggs:

Vanilla:

  • I only had vanilla extract this time.
  • However, you can use a whole vanilla bean as well. Split it in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds and place the seeds and the pod in the pot with the milk. Heat everything together, remove the pod, and continue with the recipe.

Other ingredients: granulated sugar, full-fat milk, water.

ingredients needed to make custard pudding with rhubarb arranged on a table.

How to make rhubarb custard pudding?

  • Prepare the stalks: Discard the leaves; they are poisonous! Wash the stalks and chop them into 3 cm/ 1.2 inches pieces.
  • Cook: Place in a saucepan, add water and sugar. Bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes. Strain, but don’t push through the strainer.

collage of three pictures of mixing chopped rhubarb with sugar, cooking and straining it.
  • Preheat the oven: 160 degrees Celsius/ 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make custard mixture: Beat the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract with a fork (1). Bring the milk to a boil, but don’t let it boil. Slowly add to the eggs while beating continuously (2). Add cooked stalks and stir gently. (3) Pour mixture into baking dish.

collage of three pictures of making the base for custard in a bowl.
  • Waterbath baking: Place the baking dish into a larger baking tray, pour boiling water into the larger tray to come around halfway up the baking dish containing the custard.

casserole dish containing rhubarb custard ready to baked in a larger baking dish filled with water.
  • Bake: 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the custard should be slightly quivering to the touch, but it should not be liquid. Remove from the water and let stand for a while before serving; it will continue setting while it stands.

close up image of nigella's rhubarb custard in a baking dish with a spoon beside it.

How to serve and store?

Nigella’s rhubarb custard pudding is best served on the day you’ve baked it. It is delicious, either lukewarm or at room temperature. You can serve it with some ice cream on the side if you wish.

The leftovers keep well in the fridge for 1-2 days. Keep in an airtight container. The dessert is not suitable for freezing.

rhubarb custard sliced on a small plate with the baking dish behind it.

Other rhubarb puddings or desserts:

close up image of nigella's rhubarb custard in a baking dish with a spoon beside it.

Baked Rhubarb Custard

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Nigella's baked rhubarb custard, an easy to make rhubarb pudding perfect for the season.

Ingredients

  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs rhubarb
  • 100 ml/ 3.4 fl.oz/ scant ½ cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 75 g/ 2.6. oz/ 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 600 ml/ 20 fl.oz/ 2 ½ cups full-fat milk

Instructions

  1. Prepare rhubarb: Clean and chop into small pieces, about 3 cm/ 1.2 inch. Place in a pot and add the water and 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ 1/2 cup sugar. Cover, bring to a boil, simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Strain through a sieve, but don't push through the strainer.
  2. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius/ 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Make the custard: Beat the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract with a fork. Bring the milk to a boil, but don't let it boil (Note). Slowly, add the milk to the egg mixture while beating with the fork. Add the rhubarb and stir gently. Pour everything into a baking dish.
  4. Waterbath: Place the baking dish with the custard into a larger baking tray, pour boiling water (from a kettle) into the larger tray to come around halfway up the baking dish containing the custard.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. It is done when the top of the custard is quivering to the touch but it is not liquid. Take the custard out of the water and let stand for a while before serving, it will continue setting while it stands.

Notes

Heat the milk in a heat-proof jug, it will be easier to pour it into the egg mixture. Or heat it in a saucepan and transfer it to a jug for easy pouring.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 of the dish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 255mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 31gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

grace

Friday 12th of June 2020

i obviously need to explore rhubarb more thoroughly! :)

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