Rhubarb and custard. It's a classic and deservedly so.

Rhubarb and custard dessert with curd cheese mousse.
A swiss roll with rhubarb and custard filling.
These are the leftovers.

I find the simple version to be the best - cool and warm, tart and sweet - rhubarb rose kissel with vanilla custard.

4 egg yolks
250ml milk
75g sugar
20ml Grand Marnier
a pinch of powdered vanilla or vanilla paste

Whisk egg yolks with sugar, Grand Marnier and vanilla until pale. Scald milk and pour onto the yolks in a thin stream while whisking. Whisk the custard mixture over a bain marie until thickened, take off the heat and cool.

500g rhubarb
250g sugar
900ml water
2 tbsp rose water
2-3 tbsp potato starch

To make the kissel, wash and chop the rhubarb into 15mm chunks and toss into a saucepan with sugar, water and rose water. There should be enough water to loosely cover the rhubarb and then some. Add sugar according to taste, you might like it sweeter or tarter.

Simmer on a low heat until rhubarb is just tender but not falling apart, about 10 minutes. Gently strain the liquid and return it back into the saucepan, saving the lovely rhubarb chunks for later.

Return the saucepan to the heat. Mix the starch with a couple of tablespoons of cool water and pour this into the saucepan. Mix well and let it come back to boil, take off the heat, cover and let cool. Put the rhubarb chunks back into the kissel or serve separately.


  1. Those are Royal Boch plates aren't they? :-)

  2. Actually it's Royal Copenhagen. Sorry it took so long to reply! It's pouring down in Stockholm today :3

  3. No matter who made it, they are really beautiful! :) And so is your blog!