Wednesday 2 April 2008

Rhubarb Strudel

This month for the Monthly mingle (being hosted by Abby at Eat the Right Stuff) the challenge is Spring Fruit Sensations, meaning the dish has to include some fruit that is in season in your area. This really limited me to rhubarb, which is ok because I LOVE rhubarb. I had ideas of what I wanted to do with this but decided to make something that I usually cheat with and buy frozen from the supermarket! Rhubarb strudel! I decided to add a little nutmeg and vanilla to this as well for an extra bit of flavour.

I had a problem though in my recipe: I assembled the strudel on my workbench then transferred it to the baking tray and it split underneath a little when I did. So big tip: assemble the strudel on your baking tray!!!!

Rhubarb Strudel

Serves 4-6


500g rhubarb, washed and diced into 2cm lengths
3 tbsp sugar
1 vanilla pod, split and the vanilla scraped out
1 tsp ground nutmeg
500g store bought puff pastry

1. Roll out your pastry into a rectangle where the length is double the width, as flat as you can.
2. Heat a pan on a medium heat.
3. Add the rhubarb, sugar, nutmeg and vanilla. Stir well to mix and heat for 2 minutes.
4. Transfer your pastry to a baking tray, then spread your rhubarb mix along one half of the pastry (lengthwise).
5. Fold over the pastry and seal the edges. Cut some slices along the pastry.
6. Transfer to a preheated oven (180˚C) and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Then slice and serve. I like it with ice cream or sorbet but it's also good with custard too.


  1. Rhubarb is one of those things I never think of using - but I really need to change that! This sounds fabulous!

  2. True story: Growing up in Pennsylvania we had a HUGE rhubarb plant in our driveway. And yet, to this day, I have NEVER had rhubarb. The hubs is always asking me to make a rhubarb and strawberry pie (I think) but I think I may be a little afraid of it!

  3. I too love rhubarb and don't cook with it often enough. There are actually lots of savory recipes utilizing rhubarb. I have yet to try one myself but like the idea.

  4. Yum! I LOOVE rhubarb! Totally under-appreciated ingredient. This looks great!

  5. What a great entry Ruth!! I adore rhubarb and in a strudel that is sensational!! I am so drooling now ;)

    Rosie x

  6. Hi Ruth

    I've still yet to try Rhubarb! Your Strudel looks delish.


  7. Hey Deborah! Rhubarb is fantastic! I love it! You should give it a go.

    Hey Kate, I'm shocked!!!! You need to make that rhubarb strawberry pie! (I'm drooling at the thought of that!!!) Either that or this strudel. Get on it!

    Hi lisarene, I love rhubarb, haven't had it in savoury dishes but have a few savoury recipes bookmarked to try sometime.

    You're so right Katie! I say vote for rhubarb!!!!

    Hey Rosie, I still have a piece... you want it ;o)

    Hey Maria, you really need to fix that lack of rhubarb intake! It's delish!

  8. Looks good ruth! I love rhubarb too. We used to grow it in our garden in our last house, might have to look into getting some in this new place now I have seen your recipe and got some inspiration past just rhubarb crumble!

    PS I have linked to your blog from my recipe blog as I like reading it.

  9. Ruth- This looks delicious! Rhubarb is so fun, and how neat is it that it's a vegetable that we put in desserts?! I have never cooked with this ingredient yet, but I have plans to! Great choice.

  10. Hi Ruth!

    This looks amazing...I remember we used to have loads of rhubarb at our old house and I loved making rhubarb-apple crisp. Never thought of strudel but that is a great idea.

    Love your blog - you're going on my Google Reader right now! :)


  11. Ryan you really should! I'm planning on getting some stuff growing in our garden this summer and rhubarb will definitely be in there!

    Hey Sarah you should give it a go sometime! You can do all sorts of delicious things with rhubarb!

    Hi Lidian! Welcome to my blog! Great to "meet" you! I've never had rhubarb apple crisp.... unless we call it something different here in the UK. I've added you to my RSS reader now too!

  12. Hey Dell you should give it a go!

  13. rhubarb strudel is so delicious - thanks for sharing this with the monthly mingle ruth!

  14. Hey Abby! Thanks, it was a great theme! Thanks for hosting!

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