Custard pies always remind me of school, where they were a tuck shop treat; this is a far more sophisticated version. If you would like your rhubarb to keep its shape, check after about 15 minutes as it will go from firm to mushy quickly.
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The custard is actually white chocolate brûlée and I make a slightly spicy jelly with the plum juice and a generous addition of port. The plums and rhubarb balance out the richness perfectly.
This ice cream is always popular, with its creamy sweet-tart flavour and the added textural crunch of the almond crumble.
Tart and zingy all at once, this rosy-pink drinking vinegar is the perfect spring celebration. Look out for a good quality, preferably NZ-made raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ to get the most beneficial bacteria.
These simple little no-bake tarts are the perfect thing for afternoon tea. If you don’t fancy making tarts, just make the curd to serve on toast, over yoghurt or with cake. If you find your rhubarb stalks are more green than pink, you can add a couple of frozen raspberries to the puree to enhance the colour.
These crumpets use a sourdough starter, which you can make from scratch if you don't have access to one. Simply mix 100ml flour and 100ml water in a jar and cover with a cloth so that bugs can’t contaminate it. Depending on how warm it is where you are, the mixture will become active after three to seven days, at which point it’s ready to go. It will become bubbly, have a pleasant, fruity type of smell and should taste slightly acidic. You’ll know if it has gone bad! There’s a wealth of great information online on how to maintain your starter once it’s active.