German Rhubarb Pudding Recipe – Heidi's Rhabarbergrütze

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This German rhubarb pudding, aka Rhabarbergrütze, is a great way to use up and enjoy that lovely homegrown rhubarb!

A warm, solacing treat for the Spring time! Delicious with ice cream! 

Heidi's German Rhubarb Pudding recipe! Sweet and delicious!

What do you do with Rhabarbergrütze?

  • In Northern Germany they add something called Zwieback on top. Which is similar to Melba Toast. They look like miniature pieces of toast, which would act as a crumble.
  • This recipe is traditionally served with either milk, or whipping cream poured into it, taking away that strong tart taste and giving it some sweetness.
  • This rhubarb pudding also goes great with vanilla ice cream.

Rhabarbergrütze in Milton, Nova Scotia

I first came by the recipe for Rhabarbergrütze along the Mersey River in beautiful Milton, Nova Scotia.

My good friend, Heidi Moellgaard, and I were taking an early morning walk around the scenic property of her new Airbnb.

A truly serene environment, the calming sounds of the river and the birds chirping away. It's that natural type of commotion that makes you want to stay outside for HOURS, and hours.

After roaming around for a while taking in all the scenery, we came across her gorgeous, well kept garden. The garden had a large patch of this bold colored rhubarb, which Heidi then picked for a recipe she called Rhabarbergrütze

Once the two of us returned to her kitchen, she prepared for us this delicious rhubarb pudding recipe that she served with milk and Melba Toast crumbled on the top.

Heidi is familiar with this yummy recipe because of her Northern German background, and her special twists make it a truly scrumptious and refreshing treat!

Heidi's Airbnb in Milton, Nova Scotia

A big thank you to Heidi for introducing me to this recipe, and for showing me around her lovely Airbnb! Be sure to check it out in the link above!

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Chopped and prepared rhubarb, ready for boiling 

Heidi's German Rhubarb Pudding recipe is a fun one to make!

Oma Says:

I've had many people give their preferred method on how they like to serve the rhubarb pudding. Some serving it with milk, and others with cream. Many that serve it with Zwieback or Melba Toast as well.

I imagine something like an oatmeal cookie crumbled on top would be a delicious alternative to the Melba Toast. Now, I've never tried this method, but I envision it would taste similar to the crumble that is put on top of rhubarb crisp. 

Be sure to try it out with different kinds of crisps, cookies or anything else that could act as a crumble like topping.

In the recipe, I mention that I used cherry juice instead of water. I think that by using a red juice as a substitute for water, you can achieve more flavour.

By using the cherry juice as I did, it gave the pudding a fun, different flavour that accompanied the rhubarb very well. It also took away some of the tart flavour that rhubarb can give off, and balanced it out a bit.

I do suggest using any red juice, such as cherry, watermelon, pomegranate, strawberry, or any other kind you can think of that would go well with the rhubarb taste.

Everyone has their own preferred preferences, so make it to your liking! There is no wrong way to make a recipe, and it is always okay to put your own little flare into it. 

Keep stirring as it's thickening to keep it from burning on the bottom.

Heidi's German Rhubarb Pudding is a sweet, delicious recipe for the summertime!

Finished pudding, served beautifully with cream and Melba Toast

Heidi's German Rhubarb Pudding recipe is a sweet, delicious treat!

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German Rhubarb Pudding Recipe – Heidi's Rhabarbergrütze

This German rhubarb pudding, aka Rhabarbergrütze, is a great way to use up and enjoy that lovely homegrown rhubarb!

A warm, solacing treat for the Spring time! Delicious with ice cream! 

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Total Time

20 minutes


Makes 8 servings


  • 2½ pound trimmed rhubarb, chopped 
  • 2 cups water or part juice (any red juice will do)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Bird's Custard Powder (or cornstarch)
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. To prepare rhubarb, you may need to peel it if it is too stringy. Once peeled, chop to whichever size you find best. 
  2. In a large pot, combine rhubarb, water and sugar.
  3. Bring to boil, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Mix Bird's Custard powder with the cold water.
  5. Add to rhubarb mixture, simmer for approx. 1 minute. 
  6. Let cool and stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Add more sugar or vanilla extract if needed. 


  • If you choose to use juice as an alternative for water, I suggest using any red juice. I used cherry juice, and it worked great!

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Heidi's German Rhubarb Pudding made just like Oma

This German rhubarb recipe is a great way to use up and enjoy that lovely homegrown rhubarb! A warm, solacing treat for the Spring time! Delicious with ice cream!

Ingredients: rhubarb, sugar, water or juice, vanilla extract, custard powder,

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