Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean Compote

Fresh Cut Rhubarb | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Here in Minneapolis, otherwise known as gardening Zone 4, we jump for joy when we see ramps and rhubarb. Rhubarb is the first thing to come up in my garden and it gives me tremendous joy! A sign of life, hope for warm weather and it just happens to be delicious. I love the tartness, combined with a bit of sugar and vanilla it is near perfection, which is why I made this rhubarb and vanilla bean compote.

I just pull off a few stalks, cut the poisonous leaves away, wash off the dirt and slice it up. It is wonderful raw dipped in a bit of sugar, but I generally prefer to cook it. Just toss it with a few tablespoons of sugar and half a vanilla bean.

Rhubarb Dusted With Sugar | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Cook it over low heat for only a few minutes until soft. If you over do it the rhubarb gets mushy. Serve the rhubarb vanilla bean compote over ice cream, as a sauce for desserts like springtime crêpes or angel food cake.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean Compote | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

8 thoughts to “Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean Compote”

  1. Hi Michelle,

    I hope your spring is warmer and your garden thriving!

    The deep smoothness of the vanilla and the sharpness of the rhubarb are perfect together. Throw it on some vanilla ice cream and it is a simple and delicious dessert.

    Enjoy! Zoë

  2. What a wonderful site.This one will be added to my favorites immediately.I have a garden full of ruhbarb and I now know what to do with it.Vanilla bean with ruhbarb what an amazing idea.Will be eating this tomorrow.Too dark now to find the ruhbarb.LOVE THIS SITE !!!

  3. Thanks Linda,

    Oh, there is no limit to the uses for rhubarb. Once you cook it with the vanilla you can fold it into whipped cream and make a lovely pink fool.

    Have fun! Zoë

  4. Thanks for the rhubarb recipe. I’ll have to try it out because I have been hooked on rhubarb ever since I first tried my grandmother’s pie when I was a little kid.

    Also, I just put your “Master Recipe” for bread on my recipe blog (www.thetkrc.blogspot.com) as my June Recipe of the Month…what a great find!Everyone I have shared it with absolutely loves it!

    Keep up the good work. 🙂

  5. Hi Ted,

    Thank you for trying out the bread. I’m glad you are enjoying it. I’ll stop by to see your website. I hope there are pictures!

    Enjoy the rhubarb. Mine just got wiped out in a hail storm! At least I used a bunch before it was gone.

    Zoë

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