These delicious little pots combine the zing of ginger and the vibrant colour of early season forced rhubarb to create a delicious dinner party dessert.  Great to pre make ahead and vary with seasonal fruit throughout the year.

 

 

 

Rhubarb & Ginger Pots

(Serves 4)

 

For the rhubarb compote

  • 400g trimmed rhubarb, cut into pieces
  • 2 bulbs of stem ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoons of caster sugar (depending on how sharp you like it)
  • 2 gelatine leaves

 

For the posset

  • 400ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of stem ginger syrup
  • The juice of 1 lemon

 

Crystalised ginger to serve

 

Method:

To make the compote

1) Soak the gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes until they have ‘blossomed’ – absorbing water and becoming soft.

2) Place the rhubarb, sugar & chopped stem ginger in a heavy bottomed pan. Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes until the juices flow from the fruit and the rhubarb is cooked but still holds its shape.

3) Remove from the heat & strain over a sieve, catching the juice in a bowl underneath.

4) When the gelatine leaves have softened, remove from the water & wring dry with your hands. Add the gelatine leaves to the strained rhubarb juices and stir until dissolved.

5) Place some of the rhubarb pieces & stem ginger in the bottom of 4 glass dishes. Pour the juices, with the gelatine in over and place in the fridge to set for 2-3 hours.   (If you wish to create some decorations for the top, reserve a little of the juices, add an additional blossomed gelatine leave and pour into a small container to set)

To make the posset

1) Place the double cream, sugar and ginger syrup into a large saucepan and heat gently.  Bring to the boil and boil for 1-2 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.

2) Add the lemon juice, whisk well and allow to cool.

3) When the compote is set, gently pour over a few tablespoons of the cooled posset and allow to set again in the fridge for 1 hour.

4) When ready to serve remove from the fridge, allow to come to room temperature and decorate with stem ginger and rhubarb jelly if using.

 

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