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Rhubarb Syllabub

We don’t do many desserts but we do love Rhubarb which is in all the shops for spring. This is easy to make and nice and light.

Rhubarb syllabub – to serve 6

  • grated zest and juice 1 orange
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 6 stems young pink rhubarb, about 500g
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 star anise

For the syllabub

  • 280ml double cream
  • zest and juice 1 large lemon
  • 3-4 tbsp Grand Marnier or dry sherry
  • 100g caster sugar

Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Warm the orange juice in a pan and dissolve the sugar in it. Cut the rhubarb into thumb-length segments and cook in the orange juice with the zest, cardamom and star anise for 8-10 minutes, then cool.

To make a syrup, lift out the rhubarb pieces and boil up the juice until it thickens.

To make the syllabub, put the cream, lemon zest and juice, alcohol and sugar into a bowl and beat for a few minutes until the mixture becomes thick and light. Remove the cardamom pods and star anise from the syrup. Put the rhubarb into individual glasses, spoon over some of the syrup, then the syllabub mixture over the top and chill for a few hours before serving.

(Original recipe from Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook, Bloomsbury.)

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Perhaps we don’t need to tell you how to make crumble but as we always use a Nigella recipe, we thought we’d share it with you. It looks particularly good if you use the bright pink forced rhubarb, available early in the year. You can make this well in advance but don’t put the crumble on top of the rhubarb until you are ready to cook it.

Rhubarb Crumble

  • 1kg rhubarb, chopped into 1 cm pieces
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
FOR THE CRUMBLE
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 110g unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp Demerara sugar

Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190ºC, and put in a baking sheet .

Toss the rhubarb in a pan on the heat with the sugar, butter, vanilla and cornflour for about 5 minutes, or until the butter has melted and everything has come together. Tip into a pie dish (about 24cm wide and 4cm deep).

Put the flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the cold, diced butter. It should look like rough oatmeal.

Stir in the sugars with a fork and pour over the rhubarb, cover completely so it doesn’t all bubble up through the crumbs too much. Bake for 35-45 minutes on the baking sheet. Some juice will bubble up and the top should be nice and brown.

Serve with cream, ice-cream or custard.

Wine suggestion: This works well with a sweet white wine able to complement the vanilla flavours running through crumble. If you can plump for a good Sauternes, a Tokaji aszu or botritis Semillon that has been aged in oak and has a few years in bottle then we think you’ll find a match made in heaven.
(Original recipe from Nigella Lawson’s Feast, Random House, 2004.)

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Really interesting flavours that celebrate each component: sloes, gin and rhubarb. Great served chilled with plain yogurt or muesli for your morning breakfast – the alcohol burns off in the oven. If you haven’t got any sloe gin we’re definitely not suggesting you go looking for some just for this recipe. On the other hand if  you happen to have some lying around, then it’s definitely worth trying.

Nigel Slater’s Sloe Rhubarb – to serve 4

  • 750g rhubarb
  • 100g sugar
  • 120ml sloe gin
  • 2 tbsp water
Heat the oven at 160°C/Gas 3. Cut the rhubarb into short sticks. Put it into a glass, stainless steal or china dish (not aluminium, as it will taint the rhubarb).

Stir the sugar, sloe gin and water together and pour over the rhubarb. Bake for 40 minutes to an hour – if the rhubarb is tough it will take the full hour to soften. Keep and eye on it and baste now and then.

When the rhubarb is tender, remove it from the oven and leave to cool. Can be served warm but we liked it chilled.

(Original recipe from Tender – Volume 2 by Nigel Slater)

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