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Poached forced rhubarb

Poached forced rhubarb

Forced rhubarb comes into season in January. It has a beautiful vibrant pink colour and is a good source of fibre and vitamin C. Add this to porridge or granola and yoghurt for breakfast, or serve as a dessert with custard or Greek yoghurt. 

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-10 minutes


  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200ml water
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half and seeds removed
  • 500g rhubarb


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Put the sugar, water, vanilla pods and seeds into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Cut the rhubarb in to 3-inch batons and place in an ovenproof dish.• Pour the syrup over the rhubarb and place in the oven.

Cook for 10-15 minutes until the rhubarb is very soft but just holding its shape.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then remove the rhubarb from the syrup and place it in a sealed container.

Serve with Greek yoghurt or crème fraiche.


Reserve the syrup; it can be used to make delicious jellies or added to sparkling water to make a refreshing drink.


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