Rhubarb curd

Rhubarb curd

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus cooling and chilling


Makes 2 jars
The sharpness of this pink fruit works wonderfully in a buttery curd - serve on warm scones, crumpets or in pastry tart cases

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal70
  • fat6g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 600g forced rhubarb, washed, trimmed and roughly chopped



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

  • 4 large eggs
  • 200g butter, diced



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 4 tsp cornflour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • splash of grenadine (optional)


  1. Put the rhubarb in a blender or food processor and whizz until as fine as it will go. Set a sieve over a bowl, and tip in the rhubarb, pushing pulp with a wooden spoon to get through as much juice as you can.

  2. Add the eggs, butter, cornflour, sugar and 250ml rhubarb juice (save the rest) to a pan and set over a very low heat. Whisk until all the butter has melted, then, using a wooden spoon, stir constantly until the curd has thickened to a consistency a little thicker than custard. Don’t be tempted to increase the heat to speed up the process, as the eggs will curdle; make sure you stir right around the edge, too, as this is where it might catch first.

  3. Sieve the curd into a clean bowl to get rid of any eggy bits that may have curdled. Stir in 100ml more of the reserved juice and a small splash of grenadine if you would like your curd a bit pinker, before chilling. Once cold, taste – add a splash more rhubarb juice if it needs sharpening, then spoon into jars. The curd will keep, stored in the fridge, for up to a week. Eat on scones, crumpets or hot buttered toast, or dollop into sweet pastry cases to make mini curd tarts.

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27th Apr, 2019
I cooked this in a bain marie as I’ve done when I make lemon curd and it just would not get thicker than runny custard even after 30 minutes of stirring gently. I sieved it and tried to thicken it by putting it back directly into a pan. It did thicken a little bit the butter split out of it. Nice taste but won’t be using this recipe again.
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16th Jun, 2018
Made this for a rhubarb meringue pie, got about 300ml of juice out and just added it all, it was fine because I cooked it with the meringue (but the excess didn't set solid, it was nearly there but still slightly runny in texture)
19th Jun, 2016
Something different to do with Rhubarb. It did take a while but I stuck with it and did get a good curd consistency. That is, until like others I added the remaining juice as directed and bitbecamea bit too thin so next time I'd leave this bit out. As a positive it did taste nice and did make 2 jars, it was also great in the ama mere ti and rhubarb pot receipe. Will try again with a few adaptions.
1st Jun, 2016
I agree with other comments. Taste of too much butter. Was perfecty creamy until I addad the last 1 dl of juice, then it got back to the consistency of milk... I used a full evening trying to make this, only to add it to the compost bin in the end :(
8th Mar, 2015
Not a good recipe. Too runny and too much butter flavour, not enough rhubarb taste.
17th Apr, 2014
I have just made this rhubarb curd for the first time. It's a quick and easy recipe which makes a lovely tart but creamy curd. I got bored of waiting for it to thicken so I did turn it up to a medium heat (but only once the butter was all melted and it was thoroughly mixed). I also added an extra teaspoon of cornflour at the beginning and it was lovely and thick, even after adding the extra juice right at the end.
20th Mar, 2013
Do you think this curd could substitute lemon curd in a lemon meringue pie?
18th Mar, 2013
Rhubarb is one of my all time favourites and I am always looking for new recipes to try using it so when I saw this I had to give it a go. The rhubarb curd tasted really lovely, however it didn't set as it should of done. I think this was down to the extra 100ml of juice added at the end which made it runnier than when first taken off the heat. Will definately make this again but without adding the extra juice.
6th Feb, 2016
Is the rhubarb supposed to be cooked before you put it in the blender/ food processor, or do you put it in raw? Thanks!
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21st Mar, 2016
Hi there. This recipe uses raw rhubarb, rather than cooked.
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