Rhubarb Frangipane Tart
Servings 12 slices
- 250 g plain flour
- 125 g unsalted butter (cold), plus more for greasing
- 75 g icing sugar
- 1 egg large, beaten
- 4 sticks rhubarb about 400g
- 75 g caster sugar
- 150 g light brown muscovado sugar
- 150 g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 160 g ground almonds
- 40 g plain flour
- 0.25 tsp salt
- 2 eggs large, beaten
- 60 g golden syrup
- Start by making the pastry: tip the flour, butter and icing sugar into a food processor, and blitz until combined. Continue to mix, adding just enough of the beaten egg to bring the dough together (you’ll need to use most, if not all the egg). Pat the dough into a palm-sized disc, wrap it in clingfilm and pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Heat the oven to 170C/(160C fan)/350F/gas 4.
- Cut away the tops and tails of the rhubarb and chop into 12cm-long batons. Cover with the caster sugar, and bake for 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, grease the sides and base of a 24cm round tart tin with butter. Scatter a little flour over a work surface and rolling pin, and roll out the pastry to 2-3mm thick. Starting at one end, roll the pastry around the rolling pin, then unroll over the tin. Press the pastry into the sides of the tin, trimming away the excess to leave 1-2cm overhang over the rim. Use a fork to prick all over the base, then pop it back in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Once the rhubarb has baked, remove it from the oven and set aside.
- When you’re ready to blind bake the pastry, cover the base with a sheet of greaseproof paper and weigh it down with some dry rice or beans, or whatever you have around. Bake at the same temperature for 12 minutes.
- Make the frangipane filling: cream the butter and sugar, then stir in all the other ingredients.
- After the pastry case has had its 12 minutes in the oven, take it out, remove the beans and paper and pour in the frangipane filling, smoothing it down with a spoon.
- Arrange the roast rhubarb over the surface, then bake for 25-30 minutes, until the frangipane is looking toasty and golden.