Rhubarb Tart with Orange Glaze

Rhubarb? Again? What can I say? I LOVE rhubarb and despite the fact that it it is summer in Colorado, we have a late growing season and there are still slim pickings when it comes to local fruit and vegetables. This will be the last rhubarb post for a while, I promise. That said... this tart is easy to make, tastes great, is a perfect dessert to serve at a party and could be adapted to serve with most any type of fruit.

We had our first (of many, I hope) summer rooftop gatherings last night. It was a gorgeous, warm evening and we invited some friends for dessert and drinks. I needed to keep things simple because I didn't have time to prepare in advance, so I rushed home at 5 PM and got to work. The Type A side of me really hates taking shortcuts (e.g., using pre-made puff pastry) but there is something to be said for how it simplifies things.

As I said above, this could be made with any other fruit - berries, apples, peaches, apricots, etc. I might change the type of juice depending on the fruit, but otherwise this could be made the same way. For example, I'd probably use apple juice with apples, berry/pomegranate juice with berries and probably still orange juice with peaches or apricots.  You could serve this with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, but I wanted people to be able to eat it while chatting and standing, so I kept it simple and just served it as-is.

Rhubarb Tart with Orange Glaze
Gourmet Magazine, April 2009
Yield = 16 individual servings

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 pound rhubarb stalks, thinly sliced diagonally (1/8 inch)
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17 1/4-ounces package), thawed - I used Dufour, which comes in a 14 ounce package and I used all of it (it folds out into one sheet
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Stir together orange juice, lime juice, and sugar in a bowl. Add rhubarb and let stand, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut pastry in half lengthwise, then roll out each piece into an 11-by 7-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Arrange pastry rectangles side by side on the baking sheet.  Alternatively, fold Dufour puff pastry out into flat sheet and place on the baking sheet.

Make a 1/4-inch border around the pastry rectangle by slightly rolling the edges of the dough. Score a line parallel to each edge (do not cut all the way through). Prick pastry inside border all over with a fork.

Strain rhubarb mixture through a sieve set over a bowl, reserving liquid. Top pastry rectangle (within border) with rhubarb, overlapping slices slightly.

Bake until pastry is puffed and golden (underside of pastry should also be golden), about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil reserved rhubarb liquid in a small saucepan, skimming foam if necessary, until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 15 to 18 minutes.

Transfer tarts to a rack. Brush rhubarb and pastry with glaze and sprinkle with zest. I had quite a bit of glaze leftover and actually wish that I had used a bit less.

Rob & Jackson