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Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon Tartlets

Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon Tartlets


Yeah so it somehow happened again: I’ve made it into the finalists of Saveur’s Best Food Blog awards in the Desserts and Baking category!! I am JUST as stunned by this as I was last year (if not more). It’s such a huge deal to me that I’ve even made it this far again and it’s all because of your support. So HUGE thank you to everyone and congrats to all of the other nominees (I am in such good company, you guys).

I would, of course, be completely thrilled if you’d vote for me here on Saveur’s Website. 

Thanks, hugs and kissy-face emojis! X

Okay onto what we’re all here for: the foooood!

Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon Tartlets

(I know that photo above is basically of nothing, but I love it cos of its #reallife, tip-toes style)

Seems like I have a *thing* for rhubarb pastries. These are slightly different from the last time I shared a rhubarb galette thing: they’re tartlets (mini and cute!) and have a half-rye-flour crust. I also used a different technique for making the pastry called ‘fraisage’ so it’s extra flaky (don’t worry I’ve got step-by-step pics in the recipe so it shouldn’t be too daunting).

Oh and they’re funky and triangular. So indie right?

Out of the mainstream. Into the deliciously shaped stream, amirite?

I feel like the shape affects I flavour somehow, I dunno man. But regardless of the shape, it’s definitely a good shout to make these tartlets now now now.

Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon Tartlets

I can literally feel the fact that spring is finally here – no gloves for cycling, the air has that green ozone-y smell all the time and I’m sneezing like a crazy person thanks to all of the pollen floating about.

(Fact: London has a lot of Plane Trees. They drop literal pollen bombs everywhere.

Fact: I am allergic to them.)

It has been warmer than I actually expected this weekend which led to me going full on into warm-weather-mode. Frappuccinos + No sleeves + bare legs…I did start to question just how hot it was once I was on the tube and everyone around me was wearing jeans and jackets. Especially because I was wearing a tie dye top and dinosaur earrings so wasn’t exactly ‘inconspicuously dressed’ for West London. But I powered through and managed to get mahself a slight tan, although that may be my wishful thinking.

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Luckily even if the weather isn’t helping you build up a tan , you can still make tartlets (to be honest, tartlets trump tans any day of the week for me). They’re jammy, flaky and just delightful. If you’re cold, eat em warm with ice cream. If you’re hot – eat them at room temp…still with the ice cream and an extra large glass of iced coffee.


Rhubarb and Rye Tartlets


For the pastry:

  • 1/2 cup (65 g) rye flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp, (75 g) all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp (65 g) cold butter, cubed
  • 1 tbsp vodka
  • ~4 to 6 tbsp ice-cold water

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb stalks
  • 2 tbsp orange or apple juice
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour

For assembly:

  • ~6 tsp apricot jam
  • 1 egg, , beaten
  • cane sugar, , for sprinkling
  • ~1 tbsp butter, , for dotting

In a large bowl stir together the flours, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Add the cubed butter and rub into the dry ingredients using your finger tips or a pastry blender.

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Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon TartletsStop when about half the butter has been rubbed in the rest of the butter is in pea-sized lumps. Drizzle in the tablespoon of vodka. Drizzle in the ice water, 1 tbsp at a time whilst gently tossing the mixture. Stop adding water when the mixture holds together when squeezed (you might not use all of the water). Bring it all together into a ball and chill for 15 minutes in the freezer.
Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon TartletsNow you’re going to use a technique known as fraisage to create flaky layers!
Take chunks of pastry and smear them using the heel of your hand onto a work surface. Use a bench scraper, palette knife or butter knife to scrape up the pastry (keeping it as flat as possible) and layer the smeared sheets on top of each other to create one pile of layers of pastry. Repeat this with all of the pastry.
Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon Tartlets Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon TartletsForm into a circle. Flatten slightly with you hands and wrap the pastry up in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile make the rhubarb filling:
Place the chopped rhubarb in a large bowl with the sugar, orange juice, flour and salt. Set aside.
Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon TartletsTo assemble:
Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Unwrap the disk of pastry and cut into 6 wedges using a bench scraper or sharp knife.
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Roll one wedge of dough out on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 1/8-inch thick, trim the edges so you have a triangle of dough. Spread a little bit of apricot jam into the center of the triangle of dough and spoon on a couple of tablespoons of rhubarb filling.
Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon TartletsGather the edges of the pastry up towards the filling, folding and pressing the pastry so that it pleats. Transfer with a bench scraper to a lined baking tray. Repeat with the rest of the pastry wedges.
Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon TartletsRhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon TartletsBrush the pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with cane sugar. Dot each tartlet with a little bit of butter.
Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon TartletsBake for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Rhubarb and Rye-Cinnamon Tartlets

(this post was created in collaboration with West Elm and their blog Front + Main where you can find links to the props used here)

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  • sue/the view from great island March 31, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Congratulations on the nomination, that’s such a huge honor, and you totally deserve it! We’re on the same rhubarb page today, I’m obsessed with it right now, and your rye crust sounds so unusual.

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Sue!
      ahh yes, rhubarb is on my mind all the time right now, as is the rye flour 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough March 31, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    High fives and confetti emojis and congrats on the nomination, girlfren!

    Now please mail me eleventy billion of these tartlet beauties.

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      heheh thanks Stephanie!!

      yep, okay. Will do 😉

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 31, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    So happy for your nomination! I voted for you boo. And these tartlets!? Unreal.

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Eee thanks so much Katrina 🙂 X

  • Bill April 1, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Saw this recipe. Love rhubarb. Hit the market. Bought the rhubarb. Bought the rye flour (I was out). Made these up just now. Neighbors smelled them. Came over from across the street. These tartlets, Sambuca, sunshine (rare) and neighborliness. Great, great afternoon. We are in your debt here on Whidbey Island.

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Wow that was speedy! So glad you and your neighbors liked them.

  • molly yeh April 1, 2014 at 1:44 am

    ahhh these are gorgeous!!!!!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      thanks girlie!! 🙂

  • Rossi @ A Baking Girl April 1, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Congrats on the nomination Izy! You totally deserve it! And I’m so excited to see a rhubarb recipe because that means that it’s finally spring (even if the weather here North Carolina doesn’t seem to know that yet)

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks so much Rossi
      Agreed! Rhubarb just signifies the start of warmer weather for me

  • Jessica@TheMindlessMusings April 1, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Congrats on the nomination! You totally deserve it!! I can’t wait to try this rhubarb recipe. I tried your single serving pretzel the other day and it was AWESOME hehe.

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you Jessica!
      yay, glad you liked it 🙂

  • Sarah | The Sugar Hit April 1, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Triangle tarts! I dig this, because I want my pastry to be edgy and cool. Also, I hope you win. LUV YA WORK!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Yissss, we can all be edgy and cool now 🙂 Thank yah lady! <3

  • Tieghan April 1, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Congrats!! So exited for you and you totally deserve it!!
    These gorgeous!! Just made two new rhubard things and I am in love!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much Tieghan 🙂
      Ahh I can’t wait to see them, I’m always looking for more rhubarby recipes

  • Kezia April 1, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Congrats on the nomination, I really hope you win:) I love rhubarb, and the rye pastry sounds interesting, I might try!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks Kezia!!
      me too, the rye flour is another one of my obsessions of the moment haha

  • Sanda April 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Have some rhubarb in the fridge, your recipe came in a right moment!!
    Congratulations for Saveur!!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Ooh lucky!
      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama} April 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    YES to rhubarb. Brings me right back to my childhood when we picked wild rhubarb and dipped it in sugar. Love what you’ve done with it here.

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Ahh I’ve eaten it like that before, so good. Thanks Maryea!

  • Bec {Daisy and the Fox} April 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    these sound suuuuperb! 🙂
    i love the jammy goodness on the inside plus this awesome sounding pastry
    and a BIG BIG congrats for Saveur! woooooo
    keep up the fab work gurlll 🙂

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      the jammy goodness is RIGHT!
      Thanks so much Bec 😀

  • Lisa @ Simple Pairings April 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    How interesting to make the crust with half-rye flour! Love that idea. I bet it really stands up to the rhubarb. Such cute pieces, too!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I’ve been soooo into rye flour and it worked really well with the rhubarb! Thanks Lisa

  • Erika April 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Love these tartlets.. really feelin that rye crust.
    and Congrats gurlfriend..you totes deserve it.. hugs and kissy-face emojis to you..

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      It’s stellar!
      Thanks Erika! <3 <3

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health April 1, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    i have never worked with rhubarb before but this year, i will be making good use..congrats on the nomination 🙂

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      haha do try it out! It’s delicious in baked goods. Thank you 😀

  • Erika April 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Izy, you are just a gorgeous human being who makes gorgeous pastry. Yay on the nomination! You deserve it!!!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Aww same to you Erika! (those mini cakes you just made are the cutest things ever) . Thanks so much 🙂

  • Katie @ Produce on Parade April 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Wow, congrats! 🙂 These look great! I’d could use vegan butter too 😉

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Katie! Of course, good idea

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe April 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Congrats on your nomination, Izy! I’m off to vote for you, toute suite!
    And these tartlets are gorgeous!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you Amanda!!

  • Meike April 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Congrats on your nomination! Your rhubarb tartlets look delicious!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Meike! 🙂

  • Gemma April 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Lovely dessert! This kind of tartlets are the ones that make you feel like home and scream ‘homemade cuteness’. Hehe. They look so good!
    …and congratulations for the nomination! It doesn’t surprise me, though. Because your blog is outstanding. Honestly, I hope you win. 😉

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Exactly! The rustic look is always good in my books 😉
      Aww thank you so much Gemma!

  • Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} April 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

    WOW – that nomination is so well deserved! Congratulations and the best of luck to you! The photography in this post is stunning and I can’t wait for my rhubarb to grow faster so I can try it soon! //Sonja

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Sonja!!! That means so much to me 🙂

  • June April 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    ahhhh Izzy you made my day! I seriously just yesterday thought about what to do with all that rhubarb in my freezer 😀 this is on the spot what I needed! wishing you luck on the blog awards…..

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      hahah yeah it can be a problem to come up with recipes for rhubarb!
      Thanks June 🙂

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    Congrats Izy! Much deserved, and love this beautiful recipe! Rhubarb is my fave. xo

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! Me too 😀

  • Millie April 4, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations!! Your totally deserve it – your blog is AMAZEBALLS!

    Ps. The tartlets looks scrumpcious!

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Millie!!! X

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  • malin April 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Congratulations, that is awesome! Of course I will vote for you!!!

    Why do you put the apricot jam on? Is it so that the crust should not get soggy?

    • Izy April 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks so much Malin!!

      I put it on for a bit of extra flavour, sweetness and also yes, to kind of make a barrier between the rhubarb and the crust so it doesn’t get soggy 🙂

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  • Megan April 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I got fed up with waiting for rhubarb to get here, so I took out the rhubarb that I froze last spring and it is currently in a pie in the oven with some blueberries that I also froze last summer. If spring won’t come to me, I’m coming to spring.

    • Izy April 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      I LOVE the combo of rhubarb and blueberries. It is so good 🙂
      I always stash rhubarb in the freezer too haha

  • Anne April 6, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I absolutely LOVE your blog!!! So naturally, I would vote for you!
    I have never used rhubarb. I didn’t even know it existed. I can’t wait to try this out though. It looks delicious!

    • Izy April 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Aw thanks so much Anne! 🙂
      Rhubarb is a kind of weird thing, not really a fruit but it’s treated like one…still delicious though

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  • Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme April 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Huge congrats on the Saveur nomination!!!!! You deserve it. Your photos and recipes are so inspiring.

    Rhubarb is my jam, btw.

    • Cookin' Cowgirl April 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Eeeeek! I know you! 😉

    • Izy April 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      thanks girl!!!!!
      Yesss rhubarb alwayss

  • Stephanie Hann April 6, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    My husband would marry me all over again if I made him this! He loves all things rhubarb! And a tart? Forget about it! Marry.me.again!
    This is a beautiful thing!
    Cookin’ Cowgirl

    • Izy April 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      ahahah well it’s the perfect recipe then 😉
      Thank you Stephanie!

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