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Rhubarb Torte

on May 19, 2014

Both of my grandmas grew rhubarb in their gardens. They would bring out their huge array of pie, dessert, muffin, and jam recipes in the spring. My grandpas both like it cooked with a little sugar to make “sauce” but didn’t mind the other recipes, either, I’m sure. As kids, we would eat it raw, pulling those big red stalks out of the ground with a “pop”. The technique was to lick the end of it, dip it in a cup of sugar and take a bite! Yikes! It was SO sour and hard to bite or chew! We’d end up with a frayed end of rhubarb that was really just a vehicle for licking off more sugar with the essence of rhubarb on it. And don’t forget to stop before you hit the leaf end – it’s poisonous, you know. 🙂 You can find out more about rhubarb, how to grow it, and what parts of it to eat or not eat, at Rhubarb- here. Rhubarb is so pretty and is the definite harbinger of spring.


Those of us who grow rhubarb start to have an overabundance of it right now. This recipe uses some of it in a most delightful way. Wow – this Rhubarb Torte is good. It tastes a lot like rhubarb pie, but it’s easier to make.

Rhubarb Torte

Rhubarb Torte 2

I can just never get enough rhubarb.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Rhubarb Torte

Mix together:

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 Tablespoons white sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

Put into 9″ x 13″ pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour.

Then mix together:

5 cups rhubarb, chopped

2 cups white sugar

4 or 5 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

6 egg yolks

1 cup heavy cream (I used Half-n-Half)

Pour on hot crust and bake another 60 minutes at 350 degrees.


6 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

6 Tablespoons white sugar

Bake another 15 minutes at 350 degrees.


This is a three-step process: crust, filling, meringue.


The meringue puffs up at first but will deflate in a few minutes.


This is so pretty, so easy, so good!!

I love rhubarb!




3 responses to “Rhubarb Torte

  1. mom says:

    Yum – wish I had it for my coffee party this aft!

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