Monday, May 21, 2012

Rhubarb and sour cream tart

Rhubarb tart / Hõrk rabarbrikook hapukoorega

Rhubarb season, which seems to have last for a few weeks now in England and in parts of the US, has just began in Estonia (remember, my homeland is at about 58.5 latitude, so quite far up north). During the last week or two, I've already baked two batches of my very favourite rhubarb muffins, cooked a batch of rhubarb kissel (kind of fruit soup), and devoured this spiced rhubarb sheet cake with my family. You'll find all Nami-Nami's rhubarb recipes in this post. Next up? Probably this rhubarb curd from my friend Alanna, and then perhaps Rachel's rhubarb and plum crisp from David's blog? We'll see.

If you do have a good rhubarb recipe suggestion, please share it in the comments!

Today's cake recipe has been another rhubarb favourite for years, and it's also much loved by the readers of my Estonian Nami-Nami site - about 48 people have commented the cake recipe, most of them saying how much they love it :)

Remember - as long as you're using nice and young rhubarb stalks (preferably red-skinned!), there's no need to peel the rhubarb first.  

The idea is from a Finnish Ruokala site (Antin raparperipiiras), but over the years I've modified it considerably to suit my taste, so am happily claiming this as Nami-Nami's rhubarb cake recipe :)

Delicious rhubarb cake with sour cream topping 
(Hõrk rabarbrikook hapukoorega)
Serves eight

100 g butter, at room temperature
85 g caster sugar (100 ml)
50 g sour cream
1 egg
180 g all-purpose flour (300 ml)
1 tsp baking powder

250 g sour cream (20% dairy fat)
4 Tbsp caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla sugar or extract

4 to 5 rhubarb stalks, cut into 5-8 mm slices
demerara sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 200 C/400 F. 

Cream the butter with sugar. Stir in the sour cream and egg, then fold in the flour that's been mixed with baking powder. Stir until combined - the pastry should be soft, but not watery. Using your hands, spread the pastry onto the base and sides of a 24 cm (9-to-10-inch) loose-bottomed springform tin.
For the filling, combine all the ingredients. Pour onto the pastry base.
Scatter rhubarb on top, sprinkle with some demerara sugar.
Bake in the middle of a preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the filling is set.Cool in the tin, then carefully remove the tin and transfer the cake onto a serving plate.


Kristina said...

try baking rhubarb slowly in the oven (cover the dish with some tin foil) with brown sugar and a star anise!

Heidi said...

Looking forward to trying this recipe!

Cumin Seed Exporter said...

I love cakes. You posted very yummy & delicious cake recipe. I heard this for the first time & it is really fabulous & easy to make. Thanks for this sharing.

Alanna Kellogg said...

Aii -- saw this in Estonian last week and got "most of the translation" right. This is now on MY to make this week. Today I'm making rhubarb jam! We have such similar tastes, Pille, I love your style!

Anu R. said...

vow... your rhubarb pieces are like rubies .... Loved both your article and photo !!!
The only critical comment I got was to add more rhubarb chunks... so yesterday I came home and made a second cake, which I froze in a container, just to see how well it would freeze, and I added another 2 stalks of cut-up rhubarb, and of course added the sugars on top. I tweaked my cakes a little because I added a mixture of brown sugar and turbinado sugar...

Anonymous said...

hello! i found your blog during searching a recipe of oxtail stew.
So, several days ago prepared a quite occasionally a very tasty rhubarb cake.
it's routine "upside down cake" but since the cake was forgotten in oven above 2 hours, it received a wonderful caramelized/sticky/buttery rhubarb-cinnamon layer.

Pille said...

Kristina - I've roasted rhubarb in the oven, and actually love the rhubarb and star anise combo!

Heidi - hope you'll love this!

Alanna- well, Google Translate sometimes works ;)

Anu - well, one can always add more rhubarb or apples or gooseberries to a cake, no? :)

Leostrog - I'm surprised you didn't burn your cake in two hours - you had a lucky accident :)