Rhubarb Yogurt Parfait

Rhubarb sauce is simple: rhubarb and sugar. I like tart; if you prefer sweet add a bit more sugar.  The sauce will keep about a week in the fridge so double or triple the recipe if you like.  

And for a bit more indulgence… Try it with vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb Yogurt Parfait

Preparation and cooking time:   20 minutes   

  • 2 cups sliced, fresh rhubarb, about 2 stalks
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 cup (8oz 250gr) vanilla yogurt



  • Wash the rhubarb and slice it about 1/4″ (.5cm) thick. 
  • No need to peel but pull off any stringy bits as you slice. Use a sharp knife.  
  • Put in a saucepan with the water and sugar. 
  • Cover and cook over medium heat until very soft. 
  • Taste and add more sugar if you like – before removing from heat. 
  • Chill.
  • To serve
  • In a parfait or champagne flute, or other glass, layer the rhubarb sauce and yogurt.  Serve.

When I was in the US last fall we had a small family reunion – my siblings, their kids and their kids and so on.

We got my mother’s photo albums out and had a wee walk down memory lane.

One of the things that quickly became evident was the recurring theme of birthday cakes and flowers.

For every birthday, for all of us children and, eventually, the grandchildren, my mother baked a birthday cake.

The honored child got to choose the type of cake and flavor of frosting.


Sometimes it was angel food, sometimes chocolate layer, sometimes yellow layer with lemon filling.

Sometimes it was white frosting, sometimes chocolate frosting.

Each cake was decorated with flowers and leaves and borders


My mother also loved her flowers, and was rightly proud of them.

My sister and I are summer children, and our birthday photos, with cake, were always taken outside with flowers (or trees) in the background. 

My brothers are winter children – no flowers

But my younger brother managed to get in all of my birthday photos…..

My mother loved to bake.  She made birthday cakes and wedding cakes for family, friends and neighbors.  If she had a spare few minutes while making Sunday dinner she’d make a pie or strawberry shortcake or a crisp or a crumble.

Every Mother’s Day for as long as I can remember she made Rhubarb Custard pies, two of them.  They were my absolutely favorite pie.

My mother passed away earlier this spring….. 

She, and her cakes and her fantastic rhubarb pies, are remembered with love.

11 thoughts on “Rhubarb Yogurt Parfait”

  1. Oh Katie, thinking of you on this the 1st Mothers day without your mother. Such a hard day. What lovely memories and photos you have, they will always be with you, take comfort in them. Where did you grow up, the scenery in the outside pictures is so nice. The parfait looks great, like the ice-cream idea. I’ve been left with a bunch of rhubarb so thanks for the idea!

  2. I’m loving all your birthday dresses. I expect they were a nuisance to wear, but they were all so pretty, almost as pretty as your mother’s cakes. I’m glad you have the memories now that your Mom is up in heaven with mine.

  3. My condolences to you, Katie. My mother passed away 20 years ago and I still miss her, especially on days like today.
    Like yours, my mother was a baker and our birthday cakes always came from her kitchen. Something yours and mine had in common.
    I have rhubarb growing in my garden and need to harvest it. Your simple, elegant recipe is very timely.

  4. The photos bring back such memories Katie from the dresses to the hairdos. I too have photos taken each year with my cake in the summer. The photo essay is a wonderful tribute to your mom.

  5. I loved your pictorial walk down memory lane and you paid marvellous tribute to your mum both with your words and the photos ! My mum had a strawberry sponge for her birthday cake every year !

  6. What a wonderful tribute to your mother, Katie! And what magnificent birthday cakes she baked and decorated for you all.
    Rhubarb yoghurt parfait sounds wonderful. But rhubarb pie…. mmmm…. rhubarb pie…. that is my favourite as well.

  7. Jayne, in Wisconsin, Mississippi river valley, and yes, it was beautiful. Enjoy your rhubarb.
    Zoomie, actually, I loved those dresses LOL. We always wore dresses – and the boys suits, to church on Sunday… Can you believe it?
    Christine, birthday cakes were such a tradition – I haven’t had one since I left for college. Wish I had rhubarb – never had any luck with it, My mother used to laugh and said to ‘grow rhubarb you just throw it at some dirt’ Not me!
    Val, it’s fun, isn’t it – looking back at all the cakes and dresses LOL
    manningroad, strawberry sponge – must have been spring. Sounds delicious. I usually went for chocolate layer….
    Gary, oh my…. that’s like a rhubarb cheese cake – Got to try that – thanks!
    Elizabeth, she loved baking – disliked cooking…. Funny, she didn’t pass on many of her baking skills to me. She liked doing, not teaching LOL

  8. what a great trip down memory lane =) This parfait sounds delicious, but I enjoyed seeing the variety of cakes in your old pictures, also!

  9. Stacy, thanks – for both….
    Peggy, I enjoyed the meander myself…. And I loved the cakes – we all did.

Comments are closed.

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap