After very kindly being given some freshly grown rhubarb (thank you Des and Lisa 🙂 ) I thought I would try to do something different with it, rather than the classic crumble and came up with this little beauty! This is a moist but light cake and the tartness of the rhubarb goes so well with the warmth of the cinnamon. I choose to poach the rhubarb lightly first as I find it ensures it is non-stringy and deliciously soft.
You will need:
Approx 350g Rhubarb, cut into 2cm pieces
3 tbsp Apple juice and 1 tbsp Coconut sugar (for poaching)
1 1/4 cups of Gluten free self-raising flour (or you can make your own using plain gluten free or spelt flour plus 1 3/4 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt)
1/2 cup Ground Almonds
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1/3 cup of Golden caster sugar (or other unrefined fine sugar)
1/3 cup Coconut sugar (or other unrefined sugar)
3/4 cup Almond (or light Olive) oil
Up to 1 1/4 cup of Almond milk or Soya milk (or any other non-dairy milk)
2 tbsp Cider vinegar
2 heaped tsp ground Cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 160 C.
First you need to poach the rhubarb. Pop it in to a roasting tin (so it’s only one layer thick) and add the apple juice and 1 tbsp sugar. Cover with foil and bake for approx 15 mins (or until the rhubarb is a little soft – the time will vary depending on how thick your stalks are). Remove from oven, strain and set aside (keeping the juice – we need that later). Leave the oven on but increase it to 170 C.
Place the flour, sugar, cinnamon and ground almonds in to a bowl and mix together.
Pour the juice from the poached rhubarb into a measuring jug (if there isn’t much don’t worry – use it anyway) and then add enough milk to give 1 1/4 cups in total of liquid. Add the vinegar and stir. Then add the bicarbonate of soda and mix (it will fizz!). Add this to the dry ingredients, and then add the oil. Stir it well and finally fold in the rhubarb.
Pour in to a tin (I used a 20 x 20 cm tin) lined with greaseproof paper and pop in the oven for 35 – 45 mins (or until a skewer comes out clean). Allow to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then place on a wire rack. Cut and serve! 🙂