- A Party
Pastry 8ozs (225g) butter
2ozs (50g) castor sugar
2 eggs, preferably free range
12ozs (300g) white flour, preferably unbleached
2lbs (900g) sliced red rhubarb (about 1/2 inch thick)
13ozs (370g) -14ozs (400g) sugar.
Egg wash-made with one beaten egg and a dash of milk
Castor sugar for sprinkling
The pastry is made by the creaming method so people who are convinced that they suffer from ‘hot hands’ don’t have to worry about rubbing in the butter.
Softly whipped cream
Tin, 7 inches (18cm) x 12 inches (30.5cm) x 1 inch (2.5cm) deep
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/regulo 4.
First make the pastry. Cream the butter and sugar together by hand or in a food mixer (no need to over cream). Add the eggs and beat for several minutes. Reduce speed and mix in the flour. Turn out onto a piece of floured greaseproof paper, flatten into a round wrap and chill. This pastry needs to be chilled for at least two hours otherwise it is difficult to handle.
To make the tart Roll out the pastry 1/8-inch (3mm) thick approx, and use about 2/3 of it to line a suitable tin. Place the sliced rhubarb into the tart, sprinkle with sugar and add the cloves. Cover with a lid of pastry, seal edges, decorate with pastry leaves, egg wash and bake in the preheated oven until the rhubarb is tender, approx. 45 minutes to one hour.
When cooked cut into squares, sprinkle lightly with castor sugar and serve with softly whipped cream and Barbados sugar.