Makes About 4 cups

How to Make It

Step 1

Mix rhubarb and sugar in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish and spread level. Cover dish tightly with foil.

Step 2

Bake in a 350° regular or convection oven until rhubarb is very soft when pierced but just holds its shape, about 45 minutes (35 in convection oven). Serve warm or cool.

Step 3

Nutritional analysis per cup.

Step 4

Quick rhubarb ideas: Our compote is great in simple desserts or drinks. Here are some of our favorites.

Step 5

Strawberry-rhubarb fool: Stir together chilled compote, sliced fresh strawberries, and unsweetened whipped cream; spoon into bowls and chill 2 hours.

Step 6

Rhubarb-orange parfaits: Layer compote with orange segments and vanilla ice cream in tall glasses. Top with a few shreds of orange peel.

Step 7

Rhubarb sandwich cake: Split a sponge cake horizontally and spoon compote between the layers, using a slotted spoon; sprinkle cake with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream.

Step 8

Rhubarb mimosas: Pour the compote through a fine strainer (reserve fruit for other uses); add a little of the syrup to glasses of prosecco or sparkling wine for a blushing-pink drink - perfect for a bridal shower.

Step 9

Rhubarb lemonade: Stir the strained syrup (see above) into fresh lemonade for a new twist.

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