Honey-baked rhubarb

Honey-baked rhubarb

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From
River Cottage Every Day
Serves
6
Photographer
Simon Wheeler

Rhubarb, I confess, is one of my very favourite fruits (though to be accurate, it’s actually a vegetable with an identity crisis). I never tire of finding new ways to enjoy it. This sweet and fragrant breakfast compote is a fairly recent discovery and I absolutely love it.

Try it on eggy bread or perfect pancakes, or spooned on to your customised muesli or thick yoghurt. Alternatively, serve with vanilla ice cream for a pretty pud.

From January till early April, you can buy elegant, slender stems of indoor-grown ‘forced’ rhubarb. This gradually gives way to the thicker, darker, more robust outdoorgrown crop. Either will work in this recipe.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1kg rhubarb, cut into 5–10cm lengths
1 orange, juice and finely grated zest
4 tablespoons runny honey

Method

  1. Put the rhubarb in an ovenproof dish large enough to hold it in a single layer, then scatter over the orange zest and pour in the juice. Trickle over the honey and gently mix the whole lot together.
  2. Cover loosely with foil and bake in an oven preheated to 150°C for 45 minutes–1 hour, until the rhubarb is tender, giving it a gentle stir halfway through. The pieces of rhubarb should keep their shape rather than cook to a mush.
  3. Leave to cool before serving. Sealed in a container, with the syrupy juices from the tray, this can be kept for a week or so in the fridge.
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River Cottage
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
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