Rhubarb Sonker with Milk Dip

Photo by Hélène Dujardin

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Serves 6 to 8

    For the crust
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, very cold, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons to ¼ cup ice-cold water
  • 1 egg for brushing crust
  • For the filling
  • 7 to 8 cups chopped rhubarb (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • For the dip
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 1½ cups evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup honey

Make the crust:

  1. In a food processor, pulse together flour, butter, sugar, and salt until the mixture has the consistency of fine sand. Slowly add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse a few times until dough starts to form. Do not overmix.
  2. Turn dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a smooth ball.
  3. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before using.

Make the filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice and zest, cardamom, and cornstarch until well incorporated.
  3. Set aside while you roll out the pastry crust.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about a 1/8-inch thickness. Line the bottom and sides of a 2-quart baking dish (oval or rectangular) with dough. Trim dough so it’s flush with the baking dish.
  5. Pour rhubarb mixture into baking dish. Gather scraps into a ball and roll remaining dough to 1/8-inch thick. With a knife or a fluted pastry cutter, cut ten to twelve 1-inch strips and weave a lattice pattern over top of rhubarb. In a small bowl, whisk egg to make an egg wash. With a pastry brush, brush egg wash over lattice top.
  6. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the middle of oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Make the dip:

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch with a few tablespoons of whole milk to make a slurry.
  2. Combine remaining milk, evaporated milk, and honey in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add the slurry and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  4. Remove from heat and lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on surface of the sauce to prevent a skin from forming.
  5. Set aside until ready to serve with sonker, cooled to room temperature

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