Simple and sweet.



Sweet pastry 

  • 125g butter 
  • 125g caster sugar 
  • 1 medium egg 
  • Dash of vanilla essence 
  • 250g plain flour 

Rhubarb compote 

  • 1kg chopped rhubarb (2 bunches) 
  • 30g caster sugar 
  • zest of 1/4 orange 
  • Juice of 1 orange (70ml) 
  • 1 cardamom pod 


  1. For the sweet pastry, cream the butter and sugar until soft and creamy. 
  2. Add the egg, vanilla and combine. 
  3. Finally, add the flour and mix until there is no trace of flour left. 
  4. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes. 
  5. For the rhubarb compote, cut the rhubarb stalks into bite-sized chunks. 
  6. Place these in a pot with the sugar, zest and juice of the orange. 
  7. With the back of a knife crush the cardamom pod and remove the seeds. Discard the pod and crush the seeds and add to the rhubarb 
  8. Cook on a low heat until the rhubarb begins to soften, remove place into the pie dish and chill. Tip: Don't cook the rhubarb all the way as you are going to bake it for a further 25 minutes. 
  9. Remove pastry from the fridge and knead to soften, roll on a floured work surface and cut out 10-12 long strips. 
  10. Arrange these in a lattice design across the top of the chilled rhubarb compote. 
  11. Place back in the fridge for 5 minutes. 
  12. Once the pastry is rested, egg-wash and sprinkle with caster sugar and bake at 180ºC / 160ºC Fan / Gas 3 / 320ºF for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. 
  13. Serve with a spoon of semi-whipped cream