May 12, 2015

Rhubarb Fool Recipe

using the first allotment-grown rhubarb crop

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Having had a further year to establish itself the rhubarb down the ol’ allotment is going get guns. The fine weather over the last couple of weeks no doubt helped immensely as did my endeavours to keep the area around each of the three clumps weed and grass free. A visit today, to straighten the pea and bean canes shifted by the high winds of the last couple of days, also resulted in the first rhubarb harvest. Three clumps and two differing varieties – I have no idea what type but I romantically assign them old Victorian names – but of course they are probably just plain old allotment rhubarb.

Tempting as it is to make a rhubarb syrup and go the gin/Prosecco cocktail route I resist (I’m out of gin!) instead a quick and simple recipe to use those first 8 stalks – Rhubarb Fool.

freshly picked alltoment rhubarb

Rhubarb Fool Recipe

Rhubarb Fool
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 450g rhubarb trimmed and sliced
  2. 150ml double cream
  3. 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  4. 1 vanilla pod
  5. juice of 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Place the prepared rhubarb in a pan with the lemon juice, sugar and vanilla pod. Cover and bring to a simmer. Gently cook for 8-10 minutes. Cool.
  2. Remove the vanilla pod and, if required, push through a sieve to remove any stringy bits.
  3. Whip the double cream to a quite stiff consistency then fold through the rhubarb puree.
  4. Pour into serving glasses and chill until required.
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Serve the Rhubarb Fool with a texture-contrasting sweet biscuit or a Bonne Maman Petites Tartlet With Lemon or, as here, a Bonne Maman Madeleine.

Ever hopeful of a continuing bumper crop of rhubarb I have my eye on Cooksisters Rhubarb and Pear Muffins while Meeta’s Rhubarb, Mango and Passion Fruit Brioche Galette is crying out for a Sunday lunch. Rhubarb syrup cocktails are most definitely going to be making an appearance.

rhubarb fool

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