Rhubarb Sorbet


After the pallor of winter I am always excited for the first vibrant, seasonal offerings to come through the door. Recently, I was asked to create a dessert using rhubarb. Given that it is only March, I was a bit worried that the product would be less than usable. A trip to the local grocer confirmed my fears.

Luckily, my friendly local farmer saved the day by bringing me a fresh crop of bright, shiny, pink and red stalks donning pale green sprouts. Not one was thicker than a half inch and they were perfectly tart. I quickly broke them down and tossed them with fresh ginger, orange peel, and vanilla for a quick sugar poaching. After they were paired with some decently ripe strawberries and rhubarb sorbet to create a vibrant red dessert.

Rhubarb Sorbet
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups chopped, rinsed rhubarb
  2. 400 grams sugar
  3. 13 ounces water
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. Zest of one clementine
  6. teaspoon chopped, fresh ginger
  7. 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pot and boil together until the sugars dissolve and the rhubarb is completely tender.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and chill completely.
  4. Freeze accordingly in machine for use.
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About Joe the Baker

Joe the Baker is a classically-trained pastry chef who specializes in French macarons and viennoiserie. He currently sells his delicious confections online, at the Coppell Farmers Market, and at DFW-area gourmet grocers.

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