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Gluten Free Apple and Rhubarb Cake

Updated on September 26, 2013
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Bronwen is interested in food, diet and creating recipes, as she has prepared family meals and organised church and home functions.

The Finished Cake
The Finished Cake | Source

Gluten Free Cake

Even when it is not strictly necessary to eat only gluten free food, I find that such food is easier on the digestive system. This cake is a good example as it is moist, nutritious and tasty and can be enjoyed by all the family unless they have other dietary needs. I keep it in the refrigerator and it seems to keep quite well - well, long enough, as it seems to disappear quite quickly.

This Gluten Free Apple and Rhubarb Cake also has another advantage: it can be used as a dessert. As it is moist and contains the fruit and nuts, a slice placed in a dessert bowl and served with custard, cream or ice-cream can always make a popular dessert, especially with a decoration sprinkled on the top.

I'm not particularly fond of lots of icing on top of a cake, so, as you can see in the photo above, this one is bare, but to me, it tastes just great. However, if you prefer icing on the top a quick one with melted butter, icing sugar and lemon juice is good - you can even add a little lemon zest.

The Ingredients
The Ingredients | Source
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: For me, it serves at least 18 slices
  • 1½ cups stewed apples and rhubarb, sweetened, but not overly
  • 2 eggs, medium sized
  • 2 cups self-raising flour, organic gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ cup sugar, brown
  • 1 cup walnuts, small pieces
  • ⅓ cup oil, organic olive or other vegetable cooking oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 180⁰ C or 350⁰ F. Beat the eggs in a good-sized basin.
  2. Add the stewed apples and rhubarb, sugar and oil and fold together gently.
  3. Fold in all the dry ingredients. By folding them in, the apple retains as much of its shape as possible.
  4. Lightly oil the cake tin and line it. With this cake I often omit greasing the tin and line it with foil. Voilà, no tin to wash.
  5. Pour mixture into cake tin. The mixture should be flat as it is quite moist. A square tin is best for slicing the cake. The larger the tin, the flatter the cake. I used one that is about 18cm square.
The Cake is Cooling
The Cake is Cooling | Source
5 stars from 6 ratings of Gluten Free Apple and Rhubarb Cake

The Stewed Apples and Rhubarb

While our cake is cooling, let me tell you how I make the stewed fruit mixture. This makes a good dish on its own with custard or a similar accompaniment. It is also great for making a pie.

First, I go out into the garden to the rhubarb plants. I pull the stems of the oldest and reddest leaves gently from the plant, always leaving three leaves at each section, so there are plenty more to grow. The parts at the bottom sometimes need trimming a little, but they are soft and red and really go to help the colour of the finished dish. I cut off the leaves at the top and leave them on the soil under the other leaves as they make quite good mulch.

Next, I bring the rhubarb stems inside and wash them free of soil, cut them into pieces about the length of the top joint of my thumb, and put them in a saucepan. I add about a cup of water and a lemon cut into eighths, including the skin but with the pips removed. I find that the acid of the lemon helps to counteract the acidity of the rhubarb. I bring it to a gentle boil and cook until the rhubarb is soft. Then I cool the mix slightly, scrape out the lemon flesh into the stewed rhubarb, discard the skins and stir in sugar to taste. I like to leave it slightly tart still.

Pie Apples

Now. Here's the lazy part. My apple tree is young and I was very proud of the produce last season - three apples, but they didn't last long! Instead of buying and tediously cutting up apples I buy a can of pie apples and add the contents. The pie apples retain their shape and are so useful. Once I've mixed them in gently, I taste the mixture, but it usually does not need more sugar.

There you have it. Lovely stewed apples and rhubarb. If you had lots of rhubarb, use more than one can of pie apples. What you don't use for the cake can be saved for another day. I usually make enough so that I can freeze some and then it's ready for the next cake or dessert.

Finally, just look at that lovely view of the sliced Gluten Free Apple and Rhubarb Cake below. You can see the rhubarb, apple and walnuts. It's making my mouth water just looking at it. Excuse me, I'm off to the fridge, I still have a slice or two left there.

When Cut, the Tasty Contents are Revealed
When Cut, the Tasty Contents are Revealed | Source

© 2013 Bronwen Scott-Branagan

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Mmmm... lovely! Though I'm not a great cake eater, I love cakes that can be used as desserts and I love apple mixtures (apple & blackberry, apple & rhubarb...). Of course the family love things like this so it's good to have some alternative recipes.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is the way i must eat due to celiac. I bake a cake every week. I always put some kind of fruit for moisture, last week i used a can of pitted cherries. Your recipe looks delicious and i will make it. Thank you..

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      that cake is beautiful and awesome .. Blossom you tease me with this, I love cake and if you make it... it will be that much more special..

      Thank you for your constant support of my poetry hubs ..Blossom ..I really do appreciate it ..

      now where is the milk or ice cream for that cake ..LOL

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Looks yummy. I am sure it tastes yummy.

      I don't like loads of icing on cake, either.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will def try this. Never heard of rhubarb and apples and just know it would be good. I think I will raise rhubarb next year, I do love it. Thanks! ^

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Whoa! We are going to try this one. My boyhood favorite pie was rhubarb.

      Thanks, Blossom!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      looks good to eat great little share Blossoms :) voted damn awesome

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Annart: Thank you for your lovely comments, I hope you try it sometime.

      always exploring: I'd love to know how it turns out when you make it.

      cleaner3: Flattery! Thank you for your appreciation - of my comments, too. I ate far too much of it, but remembered in time to pop some in the freezer as a niece is coming to stay next week. I'll have to buy more ice cream, though. The rest seems to have disappeared!

      wetnosedogs: I'm so glad you understand about the icing. I guess it would have looked better for the photos, but then I would have just had to peel it off before I ate it.

      Jackie Lynnley: Yes, rhubarb and apples go very well together, also rhubarb and blackberries. Good luck with growing your own rhubarb. Mine is in a tub, but does quite well. They do like a lot of compost and feeding, though.

      WillStar: I'm so glad you're going to try. Hope it goes down a treat.

      Frank Atanacio: It's fun to share. Didn't know they had that vote to click on! LOL.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      This sounds yummy. I love baking apple, but I have not baked it yet with rhubarb. Thanks for sharing. I´ll try this soon. Happy new week!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thelma Alberts: Thank you. I hope you enjoy it and that you have a good week, too.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am always collecting gluten free recipes, and this one is a welcome addition. Thank you, Blossom. This looks scrumptious.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I like the sounds of this. Glad to know that I'm not the only one that doesn't always want icing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Genna East: It's great to be helpful. Hope you enjoy it.

      Aviannovice: It works well for anyone. I'm about to take half of one of these to a friend who's just returned from hospital - hope she doesn't mind it being minus the icing, too.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Gnite to you BlossomSB, nice hub and the cake looks tasty, lovely pics to illustrate your hub.

      Have a wonderful night :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LadyFiddler: Thank you for your comments. Hope you had 'sweet dreams.'

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing, great job. Voted up and awesome.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This certainly does look yummy!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks good. I might try making it with almond flour.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Crystal Tatum: Thank you for your comments and vote. It's fun to share, too.

      AudreyHowitt: It is! And one of the best things is that all the family can enjoy it.

      Just Ask Susan: Oh, I'd love to know how that goes. It should be delicious.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Blossom.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you. They go so quickly these days!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Blossom this looks very good and I never thought to combine rhubarb and apples. Thank you for sharing.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Faith Reaper: Oh, yes. They go well together. Lovely to hear from you and may God bless you, too.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hmm...plenty of apples around this harvest time, so I'm bookmarking this recipe. Best of all, it's gluten free!

      Thank you Blossom. Voting up and sharing the goodness of this hub!

      P.S. Imagining whip cream on top...hmmm...mouthwatering!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      CrisSp: Have fun with the apples. Thank you for the vote and sharing. The whipped cream sounds good.

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      Samita Sharma 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      Interesting post on Gluten Free Apple and Rhubarb Cake, one of my favorite food items...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      SamitaJassi: Wow! You have been reading several of my hubs, so thank you! Yes, now I've written this recipe, I've made it a couple of times and have some of that cake in my freezer right now. Maybe it won't be there much longer!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This looks like a nice light cake. I don't need to worry about gluten, but have heard that it is good for everyones digestive issues. Will be giving this a try!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Glimmer Twin Fan: Yes, it is good for anyone. I'd love to know how it turns out when you make it - and if you like it. Thank you for visiting.

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      thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I must try the recipe; we have many apples growing in our garden. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      thost: Oh, with lots of apples at hand, this recipe would be great. I only have one small tree as my garden is not big. Do you grow rhubarb, too? I grow it in a tub and it just keeps growing so well. When we lived in England for a year, our landlady overwintered it in pottery pipes stood on end and this forced the rhubarb, so it produced lovely red stems quite early in the Spring.

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      thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi BlossomSB. Yes, I have rhubarb. However, it is starting to fade now that the cold weather has set in. I must try growing it in pots. It would be nice to have fresh rhubarb at Christmas time. Thank you for the tip.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      thost: I'm not sure if it will grow at Christmas time, as it may need a time of hibernation, that was for early Spring, but it might be worth a try.

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      thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      BlossomSB, I will do some research into forced rhubarb. Thanks.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      thost: Hope it works! Bless you!

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      Alise- Evon 3 years ago

      Like you, I am finding that I like giving my digestive system a break by incorporating more gluten free foods into my diet. I love cakes like this, so will have to give it a try.

      Voted useful.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Alise-Evron: Yes, especially after all that feasting over Christmas and the New Year. It's time I made it again, too. thank you for your comments.

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      Erin Bower 3 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds delicious and simple to make! I voted this up and useful.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Yes, it's not very complicated and works well. Thank you for your votes.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Oh yum!! I have to try this--It is hard to find good gluten free recipes!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 3 years ago from New Jersey

      It is always great to see gluten free recipes. I think even if people do not have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity they should incorporate some recipes to help their digestive tract.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      AudreyHowitt: It is difficult to find good recipes and even the packet ones don't always work so well. I hope you enjoy this, Audrey.

      StephanieBCrosby: I do so agree! I have never been diagnosed as gluten intolerant, but I know that my tummy is much happier when I follow this regime. It's lovely to hear from you and I love to share.

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      Debora Wondercheck 3 years ago from 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 15, Santa Ana, CA, 92705

      Looks so delicious moist and tender cake with sweet tart apples! Thanks for sharing and I must say great job. I might try making it with almond flour.I cant control to have a bite of it….

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      Nell 3 years ago from Netherlands

      Ooowh Someone is celebrating the "Apple day" aka "keep the doctor away day" ! :) Love these delicacy ! :D

      Here a new year greeting for you http://geniusknight.weebly.com/happy-new-year-and-...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      artsandlearning: It is moist and I love making - and eating - it. I hope that you do, too. Thank you for your comments.

      Geniusknight: I love them, too, and I know that you grow great apples in the Netherlands. Thank you so much for your greeting - may your 2014 be a truly lovely year.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      I love cooking and this recipe sounds like a tempting challenge. I normally have to eat food without gluten. I'll Surprise my girlfriend tonight with these beautiful cake. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Another great gluten-free recipe! So much appreciated by those of us who can't eat gluten.

      Your descriptions, your pictures, this is tops!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      This looks amazing! Apple and rhubarb just sounds wonderful, but the pictures make it look just as amazing! Nice job!

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      tempted at the very sight of it blo

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      TotalHealth 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Your gluten free apple and rhubarb cake looks utterly delicious! This and a fresh hot cup of coffee would be a perfect desert after a long hard day at the office. ; )

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      Blossomsb 3 years ago

      dis-cover: I hope it went well and that your girlfriend was impressed.

      tillsontitan: Thank you so much! Enjoy!

      VVanNess: It was fun preparing and photographing - and eating the result, too. Thank you.

      sujaya venkatesh: Hope you make it and it works well for you, too.

      TotalHealth: Yes, it would make a perfect dessert, especially after a long day at work.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      This is strange. There must be a glitch somewhere as I've just had to approve of my own comments and I was told that I had two comments! Anyway, glad that you all enjoyed the recipe and thank you for your comments.

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      BigBlue54 3 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      Just read your recipe Blossom and I have to say that it looks absolutely delicious. A slice of that served up with some cream would go down a treat. Or with a cup of tea.

      My partner has a problem digesting gluten so I will have to have a go at making it for her.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      The thing I like about homemade is the moisture. Such a cake certainly doesn't need icing. Striving toward vegan eating, however, I'd have to substitute the eggs. I'd also use stevia instead of sugar.

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Very nice pictures. Voted useful.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this GF recipe! Looks yum, I must say, and I hope to give it a try.

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      Danida 3 years ago from London

      We were just talking about apple and rhubarb cakes at work! How wonderful to stumble upon this. Tasty hub, well done!

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      Winchestery 3 years ago

      Makes me think of my grandma. She used to grow her own rhubarb and make pies in the summer. Never seen her mix apples and rhubarb though. I might have to try this one.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks delicious. I have had rhubarb pie, but that is nearly the only thing I have had rhubarb in.

      Congrats on winning HOTD! This is a unique recipe, and I hope to try it out when I get my hands on the ingredients.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These pictures are gorgeous and make me so hungry. I can't wait to try this recipe. What a beautiful cake! Congratulations on Hub of The Day - This one certainly deserves it. Voted up and pinned to my Food Ideas board!

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      Lyndsay Gamber 3 years ago from California

      Congrats on HOTD! I can't wait to try this! I just recently found out that I have a gluten sensitivity and I have been wanting to try baking with gluten free flour!

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! This recipe looks so good and I don't think icing is necessary, either. We're trying to eat more gluten-free food in our house, too. I think my family would like this. Pinning. :)

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      Chad Young 3 years ago from Corona, CA

      Can this work as a sugar free cake also? If you have a recipe for that I would love to see it as it would be great for my father-in-law who is diabetic. I love rhubarb!

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      Moon Daisy 3 years ago from London

      Mmmm, this looks so lovely and moist, I can actually taste it from the picture! I'm going to have to try this one. Thanks!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      BigBlue54: Thank you. I hope it goes well and that she likes it.

      Marie Flint: Thank you! That was a lovely surprise. I'm not sure I deserved it as I haven't been writing much on HubPages lately - concentrating on my latest book.

      RTaloni: Thank you for your congratulations! I hope the recipe works well for you, too.

      Danida: Yes, apples and rhubarb go so well together.

      Winchestery: My Grandma grew rhubarb, and now I do, too, although it's now only in a big tub, I remember her rows of it in their big garden.

      Kathryn Stratford: Thank you for your congrats. I love the rhubarb and apple, they seem to go together so well. I hope it works for you, too.

      PegCole17: Thank you for your lovely comments and your HOTD congratulations, too.

      Lyndsay Gamber: Great! I'm so glad that it's useful. One of the tricks is to get the moisture right - I don't always succeed when I'm experimenting!

      BNadyn: Thank you for your congrats. I hope the family likes it and thanks for pinning it.

      cyoung: I don't see why not. Marie Flint (comment above) said she uses stevia instead of sugar, so that would be worth a try.

      Moon Daisy: Thank you so much for your comment. Enjoy!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow your recipe looks so good I'm trying it out tomorrow! Congrats for being chosen the hub of the day. Well deserved.

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      IRSHAD CV 3 years ago from India, Kerala

      great . very interesting. your pictures are very attractive. thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Nadine May: I hope that it worked out well. Thank you for your congrats, that was a great surprise.

      icv: Thank you for your positive comments, they're appreciated.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Congrats on the HOTD!!! Well-deserved!

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Fairh Reaper: Thank you so much! And may God bless you, too.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Wow that looks good, the pictures are really making me hungry.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      joedolphin88: Thank you! It is worth making if it's rhubarb season.

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