Jellied rhubarb & vanilla soup

This is a great way to cook rhubarb so that it retains structure and bite – plus it’s a unique fruit jelly to serve up at a dinner party

  • Prep:40 mins
    Cook:5 mins
    Plus overnight chilling
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 285
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 68g
  • sugars 66g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 1g
  • salt 0g


  • 500g forced rhubarb, trimmed at both ends
  • 400g white caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped
  • glass of white wine
  • 1 piece peeled lemon zest
  • 3 gelatine leaves
  • clotted cream, to serve


  1. Very neatly cut the rhubarb into 5cm lengths, then cut each length into neat batons, about the size of thick matchsticks, and set aside.

  2. Tip the sugar, vanilla pod and seeds, wine and lemon zest into a wide pan and pour over 800ml cold water. Give everything a good stir to dissolve the sugar slightly, then set over a medium heat and gradually bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Turn up the heat to high so the syrup is boiling really fast, then turn off the heat and immediately stir in the rhubarb. Cover the pan with a plate or lid and leave to cool completely, then pour off 350ml of the syrup and reserve. Chill the remaining rhubarb and syrup.

  3. Soak the gelatine in cold water. Heat the reserved syrup in a small pan, then turn off the heat. Gently lift out the gelatine, give it a squeeze, then add it to the pan to dissolve in the syrup. Pour into 6 serving bowls, then put in the fridge and leave to set overnight.

  4. To serve, gently break up the jelly a little in each bowl, give the rhubarb a good stir, then use a slotted spoon to spoon an even layer of rhubarb into each bowl. Pour over some of the syrup and place a spoonful of clotted cream in the middle of each bowl to serve.

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