Buttermilk ice cream with rhubarb compote recipe

By Tom Norrington-Davies

  1. Serves 6
  2. Takes 20 minutes to make, plus freezing
  3. Rating

This stunning dessert is beautiful to look at and divine to eat: the creamy ice-cream is perfectly complemented by sharp rhubarb.

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Buttermilk ice cream with rhubarb compote


  1. 150g caster sugar
  2. Zest of ½ lemon
  3. ½ vanilla pod, split lengthways
  4. 500ml double cream
  5. 500ml buttermilk

For the rhubarb compote

  1. Juice of 2 oranges
  2. 2 tbsp caster sugar
  3. 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  4. 1kg forced rhubarb, trimmed, washed and cut into 2cm chunks


  1. 1. Make the compote. Put the orange juice, sugar and vanilla in a pan over a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the rhubarb and bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes. The rhubarb pieces should break down into a compote in that time. If not, cover for another 5 minutes, then remove the vanilla pod. Chill for up to 3-4 days.
  2. 2. Make the ice cream. Put the sugar, lemon zest and vanilla together in a pan. Add the cream and bring to a very gentle simmer on the hob, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Cool completely, strain into a bowl and stir in the buttermilk.
  3. 3. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker for 15-20 minutes or, if you’re not using one, allow to freeze for 2 hours before whisking the edges into the middle. Repeat 1 hour later, and 30 minutes after that, before allowing the ice cream to set in the freezer. Serve scoops of ice cream with the compote.


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February 19

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July 4

Debra, thanks for both the clarification and the Recipe title change. Terry


July 1

Hello, the ice cream doesn't contain rhubarb; it's made mainly from cream and buttermilk. It's just the compote that contains rhubarb. Regards, Debra, web editor.


June 26

Can anyone tell me how much rhubarb goes into the ice cream please. Quantities given are only for the compote! Thank You

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