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Rhubarb and Ginger Shortbread

Celebrate rhubarb season with this delicious treat that looks just as good as it tastes.

For the shortbread:
100g plain flour
50g caster sugar
50g cornflour
100g butter 

For the rhubarb compote:
70ml red wine
70ml water
70g caster sugar
¾tsp ground ginger
340g rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 4cm lengths

For the topping:
300ml double cream
150g natural yoghurt

Birds eye image of Rhubarb shortbread and cream on a turquoise plate.


Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3.

Add the flour, cornflour, sugar and butter to a bowl and rub in with your fingertips or a mixer until fine crumbs. Continue to mix and squeeze the crumbs together to make a ball, then lightly knead. Roll out thinly.

Try placing two boards either side of the rolling pin to ensure an even thickness. Trim to a rectangle 30 x 10cm. Cut into six rectangles, each 7.5 x 5cm.

Transfer to a baking sheet, prick the biscuits with a fork and bake for 20–25 minutes until straw coloured and firm. Neaten the edges with a serrated knife if needed, then leave to cool. 

To make the compote, add the red wine, water, sugar and ginger to a small frying pan and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the rhubarb, cook for 1 minute, then turn off the heat and leave to cool and continue cooking in the liquid until just softened but holding their shape. 

Place a sieve over a bowl, tip the rhubarb mix into the sieve then pour the juices from the bowl back into the frying pan and reduce until thickened and syrupy and you have about 6 tablespoons. 

Whip the cream in a second bowl until it forms firm peaks, then fold in the yogurt.

Transfer the shortbread biscuits to individual serving plates and stick to the plates with a small dot of cream. 

Pipe or spoon two layers of the cream over the biscuits. Arrange the rhubarb side by side on the top, then drizzle with a little of the wine syrup and serve.

Recipe courtesy of The National Trust