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Rhubarb, strawberry and pink peppercorn crumble with chamomile ice-cream

"This is pretty much your mum's old-fashioned crumble," says McConnell, "but we've added pink peppercorns to give it a delicate and floral heat."

You'll need

750 gm rhubarb, diced 90 gm honey 60 gm brown sugar Juice and finely grated rind of 3 lemons 750 gm strawberries (about 3 punnets), hulled and halved 375 gm caster sugar 3 tbsp pink peppercorns, crushed   Chamomile ice-cream 500 ml (2 cups) milk 200 ml pouring cream 20 gm (1 cup) loose-leaf chamomile tea 6 egg yolks 175 gm caster sugar   Crumble 150 gm softened butter 150 gm (1 cup) plain flour 150 gm almond meal 150 gm (1/3 cup) brown sugar 75 gm rolled oats


  • 01
  • For chamomile ice-cream, bring milk, cream and chamomile tea to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stand to infuse (1 hour). Whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale (4-5 minutes), strain milk mixture over, pressing on solids, and whisk to combine. Return to a clean pan and stir over very low heat until mixture thickly coats the back of a spoon or reaches 87C on a thermometer (5-6 minutes) Transfer to a bowl, whisk occasionally until cool, then chill. Churn in an ice-cream machine and freeze. Makes about 1 litre.
  • 02
  • Place rhubarb, honey, brown sugar and lemon juice and rind in a saucepan over medium heat, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (8-10 minutes). In a separate pan, stir strawberries and sugar over medium heat until broken down (8-10 minutes), add to rhubarb with 1 tsp sea salt and set aside.
  • 03
  • For crumble, beat butter and flour in an electric mixer to combine, then add almond meal, sugar and oats and mix to combine.
  • 04
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Spoon rhubarb and strawberry compote into 8 shallow individual ovenproof dishes or a 1.2-litre baking dish, scatter with peppercorns, and top with crumble. Bake until golden and bubbling (15-20 minutes for individual, 25-30 minutes for large). Serve with chamomile ice-cream.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

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Aug 2015

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