Mark Hix recipe: Cranachan with rhubarb

Serves 4

Cranachan with Rhubarb is a dead simple dessert to make and it's full of flavour
Cranachan with Rhubarb is a dead simple dessert to make and it's full of flavour

This is a dead simple dessert to make and it's full of flavour. You can use any soft fruit really, but rhubarb is in season and goes rather well with the Drambuie.

For the rhubarb compote

300g rhubarb, trimmed, washed and chopped into rough 1cm chunks
100g caster sugar

For the fool

2-3tbsp Drambuie
60g medium oatmeal, lightly toasted
3tbsp clear honey
400ml double cream

To make the compote, put the rhubarb and sugar in a heavy-based saucepan and cook on a low heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring every so often until the rhubarb is tender. Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then refrigerate for an hour.

To serve, whip the cream not too stiffly, then add the Drambuie and honey and continue mixing until it thickens again. Then taste and add a little more of the Drambuie if you wish.

Carefully fold half of the compote and two-thirds of the oats into the cream mixture and spoon into individual glasses or a serving dish and chill for at least an hour. Serve with the rest of the compote and oats on top of the fool.

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