This week we received a gift of some home grown Rhubarb from our guests. So, not wishing to miss an opportunity, we decided to make a Rhubarb and Custard cake and with the remaining Rhubarb, some Rhubarb Puree for the breakfast buffet table. This all went down very well with our guests as well as ourselves, so, we have decided to pass on the recipe for the cake so you can enjoy it as well.  more information of what we produce for our guests can be found on twitter at @lfhkeswick  and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/keswickguesthouse

Rhubarb and Custard cake

400g rhubard. 250g pack of butter, 150g tin of ambrosia custard, 250g self raising flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 4 large eggs, 1tsp vanilla extract, 250g caster sugar, icing sugar for dusting.

Method:

Heat oven to 200 c, rinse the rhubarb and cut into finger length pieces.   Put on a baking tray and tip over 50g of caster sugar and toss together, smooth out on tray, cover with foil and roast for 15 minutes, remove foil, shake and roast for a further 5 minutes.

Reduce oven to 180c.  Butter and line a 23cm loose bottom cake tin.

Reserve 3tbsp of custard in a bowl. Beat the rest of the custard with the butter, flour baking powder, eggs, vanilla and sugar and cream until smooth. Spoon 1/3 of the mix into the bottom of the tin and smooth out. Arrange 1/3 of the rhubarb on this mix then cover with another 1/3 of the mix and repeat with the rhubarb. repeat with the final third of the mix and scatter the remaining rhubarb on top and dot with the custard.

Bake for 40 minutes until risen and golden then cover with foil and bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes. check its cooked through with a skewer. cool on a tray and scatter with icing sugar when cool.