How do I love thee, rhubarb? Let me count the ways…
If I could eat rhubarb every day of the year, I would! Whether it be in a pie, tart, pudding, fool, or crumble, I’m in like Flynn.
So, when I saw these baby pink Rhubarb Creams at Deliciousmagazine.co.uk, I knew it was only a matter of time before they were on the menu.
Looking through the recipe I wondered, actually, whether they ought to be called ‘possets’ rather than ‘creams’. A posset is made in exactly the same way, by boiling cream for a set amount of time before adding in lemon juice. However, while a posset sets very firmly, this dessert has the consistency of a thick cream due to the rhubarb puree being added. So, as it turns out, ‘Rhubarb Creams’ is a fitting description.
That aside, this is one sexy little dessert. I made it two weeks in a row – yep, that’s how much we all loved it! That, and the fact that I wanted to make use of the rhubarb season while I could.
Just a slight word of caution: Make sure you taste the dessert before letting it set. Let me put it this way – it’s got both lemon juice and rhubarb in it – a recipe for tartness if ever I saw one! I found the recipe worked perfectly, but do check just in case – you want that perfect balance of sweet/tart without it puckering the cheeks! And, I recommend you serve with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. Enjoy!
PS: Don’t you just love my retro crystal glasses? I scored them recently for NZ$15 (US$10) from a local charity shop. Just perfect for show-casing a pretty dessert!
- 400g (14.1 oz) trimmed rhubarb, sliced into 3cm (just over an inch) lengths
- 180g (6.3 oz) golden caster sugar (superfine sugar)
- 500ml (16.9 fl oz) double cream
- Juice of 2 large lemons
- Softly whipped cream to serve, sweetened with a little icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
- Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F).
- Put the rhubarb and half the sugar in a bowl, mix, then let macerate for 20 minutes.
- Spread the rhubarb (including all the sugar from the bowl) in a single layer over a shallow roasting tray and bake for 25 minutes until really soft (it may take less if your rhubarb stalks are thin). Spoon the rhubarb and its juices into a food processor and blend. Pass through a sieve, pushing it through with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard any rhubarb left in the sieve, then cool the puree completely.
- Put the cream and remaining sugar in a high-sided saucepan and bring slowly to the boil, dissolving the sugar. Turn down the heat (to prevent it from boiling over) and bubble gently for 3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, then stir in the lemon juice, followed by the rhubarb puree.
- Pour equally among 6 glasses or 150ml (2/3rds cup) ramekins.
- Cover with cling film and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, add a dollop of softly whipped, sweetened cream.
Food Photography Info: Canon 550D (EOS Rebel T2i); Sigma 30mm 1.4 DC ‘Art’ lens / Natural lighting