Whip up four sweet and seasonal puddings with a bunch of ripe summer rhubarb

As dark days are replaced by sunny skies, the arrival of spring comes with a new crop of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

And with the British rhubarb season running anytime between February and June, early spring hails the return of the vibrant and tart-flavoured vegetable.

As its neon pink stems fill gardens and farmer’s markets across the country, now is the perfect time to buy a bunch and cook up a storm.

Whether you fancy making a classic crumble or are looking for something a little more quirky like a zesty fruit pot, OK!'s Victoria Gray rounds up some of her favourite season rhubarb recipes…

Rhubarb and custard tart

Serves 6-8

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  • 375g ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
  • 5 eggs, (1 beaten, for brushing, and 4 yolks)
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and the seeds scraped out and reserved
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 25g plain flour
  • 200ml double cream
  • 350ml whole milk
  • 400g forced rhubarb, cut into 4cm pieces


Rhubarb, ginger and lime pots

Serves 4


  • 600g rhubarb, sliced into small pieces
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime, plus 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 200g ginger nut biscuits
  • 50g butter

For the lime cream topping

  • 300ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp mascarpone
  • 20g caster sugar
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped


Waffles with rhubarb compote

Serves 4

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For the waffles

  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 200ml milk
  • 40g butter, melted
  • 4 drops vanilla extract

For the rhubarb compote

  • 175g forced rhubarb, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 small blood orange, juiced
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split


Rhubarb oat crumble

Serves 4


For the crumble

  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 50g jumbo oats
  • 25g flaked almonds
  • 100g butter, cut into cubes
  • 50g golden caster sugar

For the filling

  • 175g forced rhubarb
  • 100g caster sugar


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