Wednesday, 5 June 2013


Well here we are in June- the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the weeds are growing, but so is the rhubarb! One of Orkney's most reliable fruit crops, there can't be many gardens in the islands without a rhubarb patch and the accompanying favourite family recipes for crumble or jam.

This year however we were alerted to a recipe new to us, but tried and tested by the Orkney College restaurant and printed in their All Stirred Up cookbook. Orkney Rhubarb Cake features 1 1/2lb of rhubarb simply washed and prepared and then slow baked, layered between the cake mixture.

We have to admit to being unconvinced by the cake's appearance when it went into the oven, but what came out can only be described as delicious! Served hot with Orkney ice cream it makes a fabulous pudding, but is just as good cold.

If you would like to try the recipe for yourself then you'll be pleased to know we've returned the Stromness copy so it is ready and waiting, all you need to do is pick the rhubarb.

Please feel free to share your own favourite rhubarb recipes in the comments below.


  1. Got the recipe for Orkney Rhubarb Cake a few years ago from Rebecca Marr, now working with the Gunnie Moberg Archive. I once made it in Glasgow where the rhubarb cost me £5! Can't wait to have my own rhubarb patch in Houton ...

  2. £5 for Rhubarb! hope the end result was worth it Alison :-) If the new Houton property doesn't come with a rhubarb patch there'll be no shortage of offers of plants to get you started.

    We are hoping to try a recipe we found online for Rhubarb Cordial (link below) at the weekend but as our variety is quite green we're on the promise of some lovely red stalks so we get the pretty pink colour. We'll let you know how it turns out.


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