Rhubarb Fool Recipe

Early-sprouting rhubarb will soon be ready for harvest. Whether it’s your own produce or from your friendly local greengrocer, give this rhubarb fool recipe a try – a delightful pick-me-up for the promises of spring around the corner!


  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare the Rhubarb Compote:
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the chopped rhubarb, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb softens and breaks down, forming a compote. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  • Taste the compote and adjust the sweetness according to your preference by adding more sugar if needed. Remove from heat and let it cool.

2. Whip the Cream:

  • In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. You can use an electric mixer or do it by hand.

3. Combine Rhubarb Compote and Whipped Cream:

  • Set aside a portion of the rhubarb mixture to use as a topping for the dessert.
  • Gently fold the remaining cooled rhubarb compote into the whipped cream and add to individual bowls or glasses. Be careful not to overmix; you want to maintain a marbled effect.
  • Apply a thin layer of the compote on the dessert’s surface for added visual appeal.

4. Chill:

  • Place the rhubarb fool mixture in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1-2 hours. This helps the flavours meld and the fool to set.

5. Serve Chilled:

  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves for a burst of colour and added freshness.

5. Enjoy:

  • With a kitten, who can’t have any, and savour the delightful combination of sweet’n’sour creamy goodness all to yourself.
A rhubarb fool served with a kitten watching

Sorry, kitty, everyone knows you don’t like rhubarb.

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