Rhubarb fool

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For this rhubarb fool recipe by Tom Aikens, you can use either rhubarb or forced rhubarb. Forced rhubarb is seasonal in January whereas regular rhubarb comes into season around April. Browse through our collection of rhubarb recipes for more dishes using this lovely ingredient.

First published in 2015
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Rhubarb fool

  • 1000g of rhubarb, roughly chopped
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 400ml of cream
  • 2 1/2 gelatine leaves, softened in water

Sponge fingers

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 50ml of water
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 150g of ground almonds
  • 70g of plain flour


  • Piping bag and nozzle


Preheat the oven to 160˚C/gas mark 3. Whisk the separated egg yolks, water and 150g of sugar in a large bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the water does not touch the base of the bowl. Continue to whisk unti pale and thick and remove from heat
  • 4 eggs
  • 50ml of water
  • 150g of caster sugar
Whisk together the egg whites and remaining sugar to stiff peaks. Fold into the yolk mixture and then very gently fold through the flour and ground almonds
Pour the mixture into a piping bag and on a lined baking tray pipe 1cm by 6 cm fingers. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with caster sugar while still hot. Set aside to cool
For the fool, combine the rhubarb, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice in a pan. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes with the lid on. When the rhubarb is tender, remove from the heat and add the gelatine, stirring through to melt completely
  • 1000g of rhubarb
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 lemon
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 gelatine leaves
To serve, whip the cream to medium peaks and fold into the rhubarb mix to cool. Plate and serve with the sponge fingers
  • 400ml of cream
First published in 2015

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