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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Farmers Market Kitchen: Spiced Rhubarb Compote

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 2:19 PM

click to enlarge Rhubarb ready for the stove - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Rhubarb ready for the stove
When I was little, my grandmother would make this tart rhubarb (no strawberries) compote and give it to me as a treat with ice cream. I believe she canned it, and she'd leave the excess in a bowl in the fridge. I would sneak in there, standing in the fridge with the door open (the light never worked), and suck down spoons full of the stuff.

I had kind of forgotten about it until recently, but today I made something similar, with some stems I grabbed from River Berry Farm in Fairfax. Guess what? It's super easy — takes less than 15 minutes to make, from start to finish...

I ate it for lunch, parfait style, and it was as lovely as I remember it — quite tart and a little sweet, and perfect with super-smooth vanilla bean ice cream from Strafford Organic Creamery and a few strawberries from Adam's Berry Farm

click to enlarge Tart meets sweet with rhubarb and vanilla - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Tart meets sweet with rhubarb and vanilla
Spiced Rhubarb Compote
Makes about 2 cups

  • 4 cups rhubarb, cut to 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 allspice berries
  • 1/4 cup ice cider or apple juice
  • 2 generous splashes white balsamic or plum vinegar
  1. Place the rhubarb and sugar in a medium saucepan. Mix thoroughly and let sit a few minutes until the rhubarb begins to release some of its water. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, stir well and heat over medium-low heat. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring now and then, until the rhubarb begins to puff up but not disintegrate. 
  3. Remove the solids and reserve in a jar. Simmer the remaining liquid another 5-10 minutes until it thickens enough to coat a spoon; place this in another jar, cover and throw into a cold water bath so it cools quickly (mostly because you'll want to eat it right away!)
  4. Place a quarter cup (more if you like) of the warm rhubarb mixture in the bottom of a bowl; top with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, and drizzle the cool, syrupy liquid over top. 
  5. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if you've got them.
click to enlarge HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan

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