Rhubarb, Strawberry and Horlicks Crumble with Malt Custard

Rhubarb, Strawberry and Horlicks Crumble with Malt Custard

Recipe by Horlicks – Created By @ourmodernkitchen


The filling:

  • 400g rhubarb, cut into 3cm batons
  • 400g strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 40g demerara sugar

The Crumble Top:

  • 125g plain flour
  • 60g Horlicks Original
  • 35g ground almonds
  • 30g rolled oats
  • 170g chilled unsalted butter, grated or diced
  • 75g demerara sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt

The Malt Custard:

  • 290ml whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half and seeds scraped out
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 30g Horlicks Original
  • 1 tsp cornflour


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan oven) and lightly grease a 30x25cm baking dish.
  2. Add the rhubarb, strawberries and sugar into the baking dish and toss together to ensure the fruit is evenly coated with sugar.
  3. Add all of the crumble ingredients into a large mixing bowl and using the tips of your fingers and thumbs, mix the ingredients together until reasonably lumpy but still well mixed. Transfer the crumble mixture to the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.
  4. Scatter the chilled crumble mix over the top of the fruit, making sure you have even distribution. Transfer to the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  5. To make this malt custard, add the milk and vanilla pod seeds into a saucepan and bring to a very gentle simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Do not let the milk boil! Remove from the heat.
  6. In a large heat, heat-proof bowl, add the egg yolks, sugar, cornflour and Horlicks Original and whisk together until smooth.
  7. Remove the vanilla pod from the hot milk and then ladle spoonfuls of the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture, whisking vigorously as you go until all of the milk is incorporated.
  8. Place your saucepan over a low heat and add the custard mixture back into the pan. Stirring continuously, heat the custard through until it thickens to the point that it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  9. Pour into a jug and drizzle on top of your warm crumble.

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