Rhubarb crumble

Rhubarb crumble

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(91 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4

Sharp fruit, a sweet topping and thick vanilla custard make Gregg's nan's crumble an irresistible pudding

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal440
  • fat18g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars42g
  • fibre3g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.67g
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  • 500g rhubarb, chopped into chunks the length of your thumb



    Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp port (optional)

For the crumble topping

  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 85g butter, chilled



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 50g chopped walnuts (optional)



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…


  1. Tip the rhubarb into a saucepan with the sugar and Port, if using. Cover and simmer on a very low heat for 15 mins, adding more sugar if you want. When soft (but still holding its shape) and sweet enough, pour the rhubarb into a medium baking dish.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. To make the topping, rub the flour and butter together with your fingers until you have a soft, crumbly topping. Now add the sugar and nuts, mixing together with your hands. Scatter the topping over the rhubarb and bake for 30 mins or until golden brown on top. Serve piping hot with a big jug of Thick vanilla custard (see below).

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2nd May, 2016
Loved this. I had quite a lot of liquid when cooked so I thickened with a little cornflour and served as a sauce, delicious! I also put oats in the crumble instead of the nuts and made 1.5 times the amount, we like thick crumble. Everyone loved it.
15th Feb, 2016
I made this yesterday and my family thought it was absolutely delicious. I loved the addition of the walnuts which added a lovely nutty taste and texture to the crumble. My children loved it and next time I will have to make double. I didn't have "muscovado" sugar but used close alternative.
rosievimes's picture
27th Sep, 2015
A nice straightforward crumble recipe, I tend to use it as a base and then add my own twist. Instead of adding port I add either ground or some stem ginger, and for the topping I substitute the nuts for some chunky rolled oats. Always a winner.
17th Aug, 2015
Absolutely love this crumble. So easy to make and tastes delicious, a huge hit with my family. Have made it again and again!
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15th Aug, 2015
wow, absolutely delicious I used my rhubarb from the garden, I didn't have any port left so I used sherry, also only had pecan nuts left in the cupboard , but wow couldn't compare with the recipe above but boy o boy this was soo delicious it all seem to go together nicely every one asked for more .........
1st Jun, 2015
Amazing - I cooked this at the weekend. I used a nip of aged Trinidadian golden rum rather than port, and chopped pecan nuts rather than walnuts, I don't know how it compared to the original recipe but everyone loved it!
27th May, 2015
Followed the recipe slavishly the first time (and glad i did). I think the port adds to the depth of taste. Definitely a do again recipe. (Watch the rhubarb like a hawk though, turns mushy as soon as your back is turned)
Frantic Flapjack
12th May, 2015
Instead of simmering in the pan, I roasted my rhubarb as per the recipe for Roasted Rhubarb on this site. This helps to keep the shape and tastes lovely. I also used about 800g rhubarb. The walnuts in the topping were really good. A very good crumble!
10th May, 2015
I used flaked almonds instead of walnuts, very nice will certainly make this again.
4th May, 2015
Absolutely delicious! And quick and easy to make. I used more rhubarb (720g) as the recipe states as I'd been given this from a friend's garden so used all of it. Glad I did. I didn't use the port and used oats for the topping rather than walnuts. Would def make again. I also made the custard. Gorgeous!!!!!! The custard was quick and easy.


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