Monday, 19 March 2012

Rhubarb Sorbet and Shortbread

Rhubarb has been making a few appearances of late and there are only so many crumbles you can eat without wishing for a little variety. Rhubarb has so far featured on here as Rhubarb and Custard and Rhubarb and Blood Orange Compote. It's been with something else; something to cushion the blow of its out and out sourness. Now is the time to embrace the wonderful cheek puckering that rhubarb provides with a decadent rhubarb sorbet.
I managed to get hold of some delicate Champagne rhubarb and set about making my sorbet. Two large sticks of rhubarb weighed around 500g which turned out to make enough sorbet for four. Discard the ends of the rhubarb before cutting into inch sized pieces. Put the chopped rhubarb in a pan with small amount of water and about 80g in total of sugar. When I make sorbet I always add a tablespoon of glucose syrup and half the sugar I think I'll need. The glucose syrup gives it a certain texture; it sort of makes it sticky and gives a thicker mouth feel.
Cook the rhubarb in the water, glucose syrup and a little sugar. When the rhubarb is soft, remove from the heat, blend until smooth and add enough sugar to get to the sweetness you like. I ended up adding roughly 65g of sugar in total (and the 15g glucose syrup). Put the mix into an ice cream maker or into the freezer.
If you put the sorbet into the freezer you'll need to take it out every half an hour and mix it up until it's frozen. In an ice cream maker it'll need around 30 minutes before going into the freezer until you need it. Either way when it's turned from looking like the above to the below you know you're onto a winner. 
While the sorbet is freezing make your shortbread biscuits. I've made quite a few variations of shortbread and I find the ones that have cornflour in don't work as well for me as the ones that have just flour. I used 125g butter, 150g flour and 60g caster sugar. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy and then mix in the flour. 
Roll out the shortbread dough and cut out whatever shapes you fancy. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. A few of the shortbread biscuits got a sprinkling of rich cocoa powder and a few got a dusting of ground ginger when they had cooled. 
The sorbet was served straight from the freezer while the shortbread was still warm. The sorbet was a glorious graceful colour, like cherry blossom. The sour, cold, subtle sorbet was amazing with the warm, sweet, crunchy shortbread. An elegant rhubarb sorbet is definitely the way to say hello to Spring.

22 comments:

  1. This sounds amazing! I'm going to have to try this once my rhubarb has grown this year. :)

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  2. What a nice combo, rhubarb sorbet with a biscuit. I get some rhubarb in my garden comes June so I can try this. I have made a tart before and some jam but it is a new vegetable for me really. Lots to try and experiment!

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  3. Yum, nothing beats homemade ice cream, and the biscuit is a perfect match! This one's a winner!

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  4. Fabulous, such a pretty colour too, as well as tasting fab I am sure!

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  5. Such a pretty dish :):)

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  6. I am so craving some rhubarb sorbet right now!!

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  7. This is another new discovery and I don't think we have rhubarb over here but sure sorbet is cooling and soothing.

    Nice pairing with the shortbread for the combo of a crunchy bite and then into the soft and cool sorbet.

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  8. I was sold from the title! I love everything Rhubarb and a sorbet, that's it am going into the kitchen and whipping myself some now!! thoroughly enjoyed your post :))

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  9. What a pretty dessert! I just love the color that rhubard gives off in desserts!

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  10. Lovely! Never tried Rhubarb sorbet before, sounds interesting! Will surely try this awesome recipe!. Thanks for dropping by my blog & your lovely words. Love your blog with seasonal ingredients! Looking forward for your next post! Have a nice day ! :)

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  11. Oh, I love the idea of rhubarb sorbet! So beautiful...and yummy! Perfect with shortbread~

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  12. Interesting combo :) Looks yummy!

    It's time to pull my ice cream maker attachment out and start making sorbet and ice cream!

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  13. rhubarb sorbet? genius!! i definitely need to try this dessert...you always have so many delicious things on here that i need to try :)

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  14. I am always on the look out for ideas of sorbet. This one is going on my list of to do, just brilliant.

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  15. Oh yum. Brilliant idea for a sorbet, and love those little bikkies! A :)

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  16. Wow...sounds great, weirdly, (or not considering it is seasonal) I made similar things over Easter... http://www.sewappetising.com/2012/04/rhubarb-creams-with-orange-shortbreads.html ...the orange in the shortbread worked well with the rhubarb, and I found that adding the rice flour to it also worked a treat...

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  17. This looks delicious! Pretty little biccies too. Thanks so much for entering it into the Simple and In Season event I'm hosting this month x

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  18. Rhubarb sorbet sounds so so delicious!!Love the color and the texture in this!Your shortbread looks like a perfect accompaniment to the sorbet!Well done :)

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  19. Hey, unbelievable photograph !

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  20. Gorgeous colors and rhubarb is a great flavor to play with! Thanks for sharing some ice cream love!

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