Buttermilk ice cream with rhubarb compote

  • Serves 6
  • Takes 20 minutes to make, plus freezing
  • Easy
Rich buttermilk ice cream and bright pink rhubarb make for dessert recipe that's almost as pleasing to look at as it is to eat.

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  • 150g caster sugar
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • ½ vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 500ml double cream
  • 500ml buttermilk

For the rhubarb compote

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


  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. 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. 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.

From March 2008

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