Rhubarb Puff Pastry Tart with Custard

Flaky rhubarb tart with star anise custard

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Put rhubarb at the centre in this pretty afternoon tea idea. Puff pastry makes this tart extra flaky, with sharp rhubarb and a creamy star anise custard



  • ready-made puff pastry 320g sheet
  • egg 1, beaten for glazing


  • rhubarb 250g, cut into 5cm pieces
  • caster sugar 100g
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp


  • star anise 4, broken in half
  • whole milk 100ml
  • double cream 100ml
  • egg yolks 2
  • caster sugar 100g
  • cornflour 1 ½ tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Arrange the rhubarb pieces in a single layer on a baking tray, sprinkle over the sugar and drizzle the vanilla extract on top. Cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Cool.

  • Step 2

    To make the custard, put the star anise in a pan with the milk and double cream, and bring slowly to the boil. Meanwhile, whisk the yolks, sugar and cornflour in a bowl until pale and creamy. Slowly add the hot cream mixture, whisking continuously. Return to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring, for 8-10 minutes, or until the custard has thickened to the consistency of softly whipped double cream.

  • Step 3

    Strain the custard into a bowl. Put some clingfilm on the surface to prevent a skin forming, and chill.

  • Step 4

    Turn up the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Using a 25cm plate as a template, cut out a circle in the puff pastry. Put on a baking tray and score a border 1-2cm from the edge. Prick inside the border with a fork then brush all over with beaten egg.

  • Step 5

    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Gently push down the middle of the pastry to make a well for the custard. Leave to cool completely.

  • Step 6

    Assemble the tart when you are ready to serve. Put the tart case onto a serving plate. Spread the custard across the bottom of the case and finish with the rhubarb piled on top.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 484
  • Fat 26.2g
  • Saturates 13.4g
  • Carbs 54.2g
  • Sugars 35.5g
  • Fibre 2.3g
  • Protein 6.3g
  • Salt 0.5g