Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Parfaits

by Marla on July 27, 2011 · 70 comments

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It is about time I cooked up some rhubarb around here. I have been oohing and ahhing all of the delightful posts people have been sharing for the past month using these bright red stalks. We had rhubarb in my backyard growing up. I have not had it in years. Until now. It has a distinct tangy flavor that pairs well with so many ingredients. I have seen it everywhere from sweet desserts to savory dinner recipes. I am bringing you summer in a bowl….dig in. Simple. Summer. Food.

Please stop by my last post Creamy Blueberry Banana Milkshakes there is still time to enter my Blendtec Blender giveaway….

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Have you guys ever seen the book Lucid Food by Louisa Shafia? I found it at my favorite Zinc Cafe in Laguna Beach. It is very beautiful and the recipes are amazing. Louisa and I do not know each other, but I thought you should know about her book. Grab one if you can, you will love it. It is by the same publisher who did Heidi Swanson’s Supernatural cookbook series. *Hi Louisa*

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I am happy to announce the winner of my giveaway for the American Express Dinner @6 campaign. The winner will receive a $600 gift card from AmEx. A BIG round of applause to everyone who participated. You guys submitted awesome desserts.  Thank goodness for random.org because I never could have selected a winner on my own.

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During this contest I shared Peach Strawberry Coconut Popsicles and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pizzas, each recipe made with 6 ingredients or less. You guys shared goodies from cakes to cookies, puddings, tarts, ice cream….everything sweet & fabulous!

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We have a winner…..see her recipe here & my version below.

#83 April said on July 13, 2011 at 9:07 am……
Yummy Yummy!!
Strawberry Whubarb Compote (April did you mean the whu-barb part?)

1 lb strawberries, washed and dried
1 lb rhubarb, leaves removed and stalks washed
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp water

Hull strawberries and cut into quarters. Cut rhubarb in 2 inch slices. Combine compote ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and gently simmer over medium-low heat until reduced and thickened and the fruit has softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

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I guess she likes rhubarb & strawberries too. Thanks everyone for your entries and a BIG congrats to April.

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What kinds of recipes do you create with rhubarb? Feel free to share any recipes and links in the comment field.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Parfaits

Makes 4 servings. Recipe inspired by April and Louisa Shafia

NOTES:

  • Sweeten to taste with your favorite natural sweetener – how much you will need depends on how sweet and ripe your fruit is to begin with.
  • We love this with fat free Greek yogurt. I put it through a cheesecloth to make it even thicker than it is straight from the container. It is so thick that I can hold the yogurt in my hands like a dough. Neat huh!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 stalks of Rhubarb, ends removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces Strawberries, remove stems
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1 to 1 1/2 droppers full of Vanilla Stevia Drops, Honey, Maple Syrup, etc. to taste
  • 16 ounces fat free Greek Yogurt

OPTIONAL GARNISH

  • Fresh Mint
  • Blueberries or other berries
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg
  • a sprinkle of Powdered Sugar, Brown Sugar or Truvia

METHOD

Put rhubarb and strawberries in a medium saucepan, covered with 1/4 cup water, bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir, cook for 5 minutes. Break up pieces of rhubarb with the back of a wooden spoon and continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes or until all the fruit is soft. Remove from heat and stir in ginger and sweetener. Let cool a bit and plate with yogurt.

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet July 27, 2011 at 7:32 am

these look amazing!!

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2 Lisa @ www.bakedinmaine.com July 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Absolutely!
Gorgeous!

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3 Kristen July 27, 2011 at 7:33 am

What a beautiful looking compote!

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4 HeatherChristo July 27, 2011 at 7:36 am

Marla- great post. Some of the rhubarb photos are STRIKING. I love a good fruit compote!

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5 Lesley Lifting Life July 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

This looks fabulous!! Rhubarb always makes me think of my mom and summertime :)

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6 Rosa July 27, 2011 at 7:54 am

Those must be delicious! A perfect combo.

Cheers,

Rosa

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7 Maris (In Good Taste) July 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

These look like the absolute perfect summer dessert!

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8 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather July 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

This looks absolutely amazing! I LOVE strawberry rhubarb anything!

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9 Sunny July 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

Yum yum yum…rhubarb will always be my favorite. I’ve had more this summer than ever before and I am 110% okay with that!

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10 Marla July 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

Sunny, I cannot get enough of it either. I will need to load up on this and store it in my freezer for the winter :)

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11 Lisa @ www.bakedinmaine.com July 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I froze some to bring out in the winter,
It’s sooooo hard to find in the stores..
We’ll have our stashes ;)

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12 Notyet100 July 27, 2011 at 8:17 am

Feel like trying this now

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13 april wolters July 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

Thanks Marla!! Yes I love Whubarb!!! :) HAHA- sorry for the typo!

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14 Maria July 27, 2011 at 8:32 am

We still have rhubarb! I will have to try this recipe!

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15 the urban baker July 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

this was the year that I discovered rhubarb and happily so. this compote is a delicous accent to almost any creamy dessert (and oatmeal)! YUM!

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16 TidyMom July 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

Gorgeous and delicious!! Thanks for sharing Marla

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17 Katrina July 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

This looks like a fabulous treat! So glad you hopped on the rhubarb bandwagon!

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18 Brooke @ Food Woolf July 27, 2011 at 9:57 am

Marla,
I love this recipe. I made it a few months back when I first discovered Louisa’s cookbook. I’m super happy to see that you’ve fallen for her too! Though I haven’t met Louisa yet, she feels like family already, since she just married one of my best east coast friends from the *old days*. Guess we’ll need to get her out here and have a party to celebrate our appreciation for her, her food, and her choice in men! xoxox,
B

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19 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Brooke, that sounds like a fabulous idea!! I love the connection you gals share – let’s make a meet up happen soon, okay? I should have known you would have this cookbook in your collection. I can’t seem to put it down :)

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20 Heather @ Heather's Dish July 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

I adore the colors and the contrast!

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21 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

I have been on this low carb more healthy eating kick lately and your blog is truly inspiring. How gorgeous is this!!

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22 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Kulsum, this parfait would be perfect for your lower carb lifestyle. That Greek yogurt is protein packed, keeps you satisfied for a good long time and will help you get some muscles ;) if you want them!

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23 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

These are so pretty! Great way to use rhubarb

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24 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Looks fantastic! I just happen to have some fresh rhubarb just waiting for a recipe. Perfect timing!

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25 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Marla this is beautiful! I actually never cook with rhubarb b/c I dont ever think to buy it but growing up my parents and neighbors all had rhubarb plants and I ate so much rhubarb bread I could have turned into a red stalk :)

Beautiful photos as always!

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26 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Averie, I know what you mean. It just used to magically “show up” when I was a kid. It is a lovely ingredient to have a reunion with. Fun to photograph too! I bet Skylar would love it.

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27 Kimby July 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway, Marla, and congratulations to April! Your strawberry rhubarb compote recipes both sound delicious!

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28 Marla July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Thanks so much Kimby. I am now so addicted to rhubarb!

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29 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I would gobble this up VERY quickly. No doubt.

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30 Caroline July 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

What a gorgeous parfait! I’ve actually never cooked/baked with rhubarb before, but have been wanting to for a while. My brother tried a recipe using rhubarb a while back, which was a complete fail, so maybe that turned me away? Who knows, but this looks amazing!

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31 Kate@Diethood July 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Marla, would it be wrong to lick my screen? Noone’s watching… ;-) Absolutely love this!

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32 Marla July 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Kate, sure lick the screen. Why the heck not….although the real thing might taste better!

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33 Sophia July 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Oh my goodness. That looks perfect right now. Sweet and creamy and refreshing. I’m sipping on a mocha frapp right now and even that doesn’t measure up to this!

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34 Marla July 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Hi Sophia! A mocha frappe sounds pretty yum right about now. It is steamy in the OC, bet it is in LA too!!

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35 Esi July 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Love strawberry and rhubarb!

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36 Jeanette July 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Love the vibrant color of this strawberry rhubarb compote! I cooked rhubarb for the first time this summer (finally!) and was surprised by how quickly it broke down and how much liquid was released. This compote must go so well with Greek yogurt, one of my favorites.

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37 purabi naha July 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Marla, this looks great and very colourful! The explanation and the recipe looks very reader-friendly! Loved your recipe and blog. Going to add this to my favourites!

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38 sweetsugarbelle July 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I’ve been so curious about rubarb but its so intimidating to me! My nanny used it often bit I just observed from afar. I think its time to be brave! By the way, stunning photos!

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39 Lisa @ www.bakedinmaine.com July 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Here’s another rhubarb recipe to add to the list ladies..
http://www.bakedinmaine.com/2011/06/rhubarb-crisp/2585
I LOVE sweets!

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40 Amanda July 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Beautiful pics, beautiful food, beautiful post. Is there anything you cant do??? :)

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41 Russell van Kraayenburg July 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

What a delicious parfait idea. I want to scoop right into one of those beautiful cups. Gorgeous shots too!

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42 yummychunklet July 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Fantastic fruit parfaits!

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43 Lucy July 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

But wait – I was going to win this gift card – No? ;( And I thought it was 6 ingredients or less – optional garnish puts this over the edge – tut tut tut!!!!
Thanks for the great cookbook rec. can’t wait to explore other recipes in this lovely looking book.

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44 Marla July 28, 2011 at 6:00 am

Lucy, I know the garnish puts this over the required 6. Could not help myself to add a sprig ;) A rule breaker. That is me….xxoo
And yes, you would love the book.

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45 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Mmmm. I really appreciate simple dishes like this that really allow you to experience the ingredients in all their glory. :)

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46 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 28, 2011 at 2:23 am

Love me some rhubarb! I’ve already cleaned, chopped and frozen some to last through the year!

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47 Jay July 28, 2011 at 2:44 am

absolutely fantastic…just bookmarked..
first time here..love ur space..
awesome recipe collection with excellent clicks..
Am your happy subscriber now..:)
do stop by mine sometime..
Tasty Appetite

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48 jenna July 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

what a lovely combo! that cookbook looks gorgeous! can’t wait to check it out

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49 Faith July 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’ve never cooked with rhubarb — I really need to! These parfaits are so pretty, Marla…I really love the addition of Greek yogurt for protein. They are the perfect sweet treat!

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50 carolinaheartstrings July 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

What a wonderful post. Love this recipe. Come over and visit us. We have a really easy delicious sorbet today.

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51 Joanne July 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

This parfait is making my already extraordinarily hungry afternoon even MORE SO. Looks fabulous!

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52 Georgia Pellegrini July 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I love a good compote but strawberry rhubarb is my absolute fav combination. Congrats to the contest winner!

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53 Marla July 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Georgia, I bet you guys have loads of wild rhubarb growing on your family farm??? So freaking good I tell ya!

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54 Deliciously Organic July 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Love this recipe. I also love the book, Lucid Food. Great cookbook!

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55 Cheryl F July 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I heat my compote before putting it on the Greek yogurt. So good! We also do the usual strawberry-rhubarb crumble, rhubarb crumb muffins, pie, and our new adventure this year was rhubarb syrup to mix with club soda.

Today I also put a container of non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt into the ice cream machine…tomorrow plan have “ice cream” and berries for breakfast.

I love your website!!!!

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56 Cheryl F July 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Oooh, a local restaurant was serving rhubarb martinis! I had two on my anniversary. Made with vanilla vodka, I think,

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57 food-4tots July 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I can hardly find rhubarb in Singapore. I would definitely try out this recipe if I can get hold of them. Your parfaits look so yummilious!!

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58 Marla July 29, 2011 at 5:30 am

No rhubarb in Singapore? I bet you have some amazing fruit there that I could never get my hands on here in the States. Rhubarb is tangy and amazing when you add sweetness with or without other fruits. Wonder what your equivalent is?

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59 Noelle July 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

WOW, this looks so delicious! Congrats to the winner too!

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60 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

These parfaits look so pretty!

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61 Nancy@acommunaltable July 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Be still my heart!! I am a rhubarb fanatic and anything with rhubarb totally gets my attention! You’ve inspired me to make this as soon as I get home!!

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62 SMITH BITES July 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

this is lovely Marla – i’m a huge fan of rhubarb and you just can’t beat this combo! look at the colors – wow!

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63 Cookin' Canuck July 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm

We can not get enough rhubarb around this house and this is such a lovely way to enjoy it. I hope you’re enjoying your time in your “little piece of heaven”!

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64 Marla July 30, 2011 at 6:21 am

Dara, it is so wonderful to be here!! Nothing like fresh mountain air, time with family and a whole lot of munching on fresh farm produce.

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65 Carolyn July 31, 2011 at 3:23 am

I do love all things rhubarb. I bought a lot this spring and froze some, so I can make something rhubarby when we are in the depths of winter! Love this parfait, I could eat one for breakfast right now.

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66 khushi August 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

its looking awesome…….lovely clicks

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67 Megan August 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

So pretty!

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68 a spoonful of yumm October 13, 2011 at 8:40 am

very refreshing & healthy…love the burst of color :)

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69 Denise Terry May 10, 2012 at 6:15 am

This looks so good. With strawberries fresh and ripe here in Ohio in a few weeks, I can’t wait to try this!

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