Don’t forget to make rhubarb cake!

10May10

Don’t miss the rhubarb season! Buy 2 pounds of it and bake a cake! It’s just too good to have to wait one year again!

The recipe I’ve tried is once again more or less from Das Bayrische Kochbuch by Maria Hofmann. And it’s true: if you crumble some dry cookies i. e. ladyfingers (=Löffelbiskuit) on top of the dough, it won’t be soaked by the rhubarb.

So go get the groceries!

for a 26-cm-baking pan (round) you need

125 g butter
75 g sugar
250 g flour
1 egg

1 kg of rhubarb

3 eggs (separated)
80 g sugar
200 g sour cream

some ladyfingers or other dry biscuits

Make a dough: Knead together butter and sugar, add the flour, knead until crumbly and add the egg. (Don’t knead too long – stop as soon as you have a firm dough that just keeps together. It’s a dough that’s not elastic, but stays a little bit crumbly).
Put the dough in the prepared baking pan (use a part of the dough to make borders – I always use the hands, but you can also use the rolling pin to flatten the dough) – cool this work of art in the fridge for about 1 hour.

Crumble the ladyfingers and cover the surface of the dough in your baking pan. (I think I used about 10 biscuits. The surface should be generously covered – Rhubarb contains quite a lot of water!). Peel the rhubarb and cut it into little pieces, put them on top of the biscuit crumbs. Preheat the oven (180°C) and then bake the cake for about 20 minutes.

Just before the 20 minutes are over, separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites with about half of the sugar until stiff and set aside. Beat the egg yolks with the other half of the sugar until light and fluffy (it shouldn’t be dark yellow any more). Using a spoon, add the sour cream and the beaten egg whites and stir carefully.

Put this mix on top of the cake (after the first 20 minutes, right) and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes.

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4 Responses to “Don’t forget to make rhubarb cake!”

  1. 1 Anna-Maria

    how do you peel rhubarb?

    • I use a knife, cut the ends and then I pull away the fibers on the outside with the knife (I cut a little bit and pull – the fibers come by themselves). Hope I could help ;-)

  2. 3 Anna-Maria

    yes… and: how did you fit a whole kg on your cake? i only had half a kilo, used everything else as you said, and it was perfect… (i thought). taste: AMAZING!!!

    • I didn’t have a balance, it was le gros père who did the groceries and he told me that he had bought about 1 kg. But you can easily make a rhubarb compote with the rest that doesn’t fit in the baking pan: put the rhubarb in a pot, add sugar (lots… Maybe I’ll try to write a real recipe with more detailed amounts), cover it and bring to a boil. To make it milder, mix a little bit of starch with water and add this to the compote. Boil until the rhubarb is done.

      Ok. This sounds like I should make a compote again and see the real amounts I use, I know….


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