Gary Rhodes' rhubarb and custard cheesecake

For a richer colour, add 1-2 drops of grenadine to the rhubarb purée
Ingredients (Serves 8-10) 
  • 225g/8oz digestive biscuits, finely crushed
  • 100g/4oz melted butter
  • 450g/1lb rhubarb, plus 6 extra sticks, cut into 1cm/½in pieces
  • 200g/7oz light soft brown sugar
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 3 leaves of gelatine, soaked in cold water
  • 450g/1lb cream cheese
  • 250ml/9fl oz ready-made instant custard, chilled
  • 100ml/4fl oz double cream, lightly whipped
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar


Mix together the biscuits and butter then press the mixture into the base of a 22-25cm/9-10in loose-bottomed cake tin. Refrigerate to set.

Put the rhubarb and brown sugar in a pan and stir over a medium heat until thick. Add the lemon juice and soaked gelatine, then transfer to a blender and whizz to a smooth purée.

Add the cream cheese and custard, blending until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the cream. Pour the rhubarb cream onto the biscuit base and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. Put the remaining chopped rhubarb in a pan with the caster sugar and cook until the rhubarb becomes tender. Leave to cool then spoon on top of the cheesecake.