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Rhubarb Compote with Toasted-Almond Ice Cream Balls

Tart, rosy red rhubarb goes very well with oranges, and its melting texture sets off the crispness of the almonds. The idea for the nut-coated ice cream balls is from Emily Luchetti, the executive pastry chef at San Francisco's Farallon restaurant. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, plus about 30 minutes of cooling and chilling time. Notes: Deep red, field-grown rhubarb, in season (and in many stores) from early spring through late fall in the West, has a more intense flavor than that of paler hothouse rhubarb.

Sunset APRIL 2008

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds rhubarb (see Notes)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 1/2 pints vanilla ice cream
  • 2/3 cup toasted sliced almonds


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Trim rhubarb and cut into 1/2-in. pieces. In a large bowl, mix rhubarb with sugar, tapioca, and marmalade and let sit 15 minutes. Divide rhubarb and juices among eight 1-cup ramekins and set ramekins on a baking sheet.

2. Bake rhubarb until soft but still holding its shape, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool a little.

3. Meanwhile, scoop out 8 small ice cream balls and set on baking sheet in freezer. Freeze at least 15 minutes, or until quite hard. Put almonds in a bowl and coat each ball with nuts; then put the balls back in freezer until ready to serve.

4. Serve rhubarb warm or at room temperature, each ramekin topped with an ice cream ball.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 248
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Protein: 4.1g
  • Fat: 9.7g
  • Saturated fat: 3.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 39g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Sodium: 59mg
  • Cholesterol: 22mg

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Rhubarb Compote with Toasted-Almond Ice Cream Balls Recipe