Monday 27 April 2015

Rhubarb Sponge Pudding

Rhubarb sponge pudding
One of the joys of rhubarb is that it is probably the first sweet crop you can harvest in the UK. Although it is actually a vegetable mostly we use it as a fruit in puddings and baking. I have a crop of Timperley Early in my garden which is coming along well but for my first taste of some spring rhubarb I bought some from Clumber Park Walled Kitchen Garden. If you want to know about rhubarb it is certainly the place to go. They hold the National Collection of Rhubarb with over 130 varieties. On the 9th and 10th May they will be holding their annual Rhubarb Weekend.

Usually with rhubarb I make an oaty crumble but I thought I would try something else for our post Sunday roast pudding. The sponge on top is very thin almost a cross between a sponge and batter topping. This means it's not too heavy or filling after a large meal.

Equipment: Oven-proof dish (my one is an oval one measuring 30cm x21cm), small bowl, large bowl, electric whisk/beaters

14oz (400g) Rhubarb, chopped
1 tbsp (15ml) Demerara sugar
4oz (115g) Self-raising flour
4oz (115g) Unsalted butter, softened or baking spread
4oz (115g) Caster sugar
2 Large eggs
½ tsp (2.5ml) Vanilla extract
2 tbsp (30ml) Milk


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4.
2. Grease the oven-proof dish and arrange the chopped rhubarb in the bottom of it. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar.
3. In a small bowl weigh out the flour and set aside.
4. In the large bowl cream together the butter and caster sugar until fluffy and light.
5. Add the eggs to the creamed mixture one by one adding a little of the flour as well. Beat well after each addition.
6. Pour in the milk and vanilla extract and then add the flour and fold in.
7. Spoon on top of the rhubarb and spread out.
8. Cook for an hour until the sponge has cooked through.

Serve warm with either cream or custard.
Linking to Simple and in Season with Ren Behan and Fuss Free Flavours

The Great British Rhubarb Recipe Round-Up with Farmersgirl Kitchen and Lavender and Lovage

Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary


  1. Oh yum, yum, yum! I'm gutted as the builders have destroyed my rhubarb patch over the winter. I'm hoping once they've gone it might come back... but oh my this pudding is gorgeous! My mouth is watering looking at the photo! Thank you for sharing with the Shop Local Challenge!

  2. oh that does look good, nothing like a rhubarb sponge pudding with custard. Thank you for joining us for the Great British Rhubarb Recipe Round Up

  3. LOVELY, I do LOVE a good rhubarb pudding with custard.....Mmmm.....thanks so much for joining us in the Great British Rhubarb Recipe Round-Up


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