Rhubarb & Coconut Custard Verrines

by Kiran on June 14, 2013 · 87 comments

in Desserts

Happy Friday!!!

Another week just flew by without any notice whatsoever!! Am I the only one who thinks 24 hours isn’t enough these days?

Sounds pretty sad, huh?!?

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On a more cheerful note, I’ve been updating my Facebook page pretty often these days. Daily, to be exact. I love that its a place where there’s constant engaging discussions over food, food and more food.

Well, we do discuss stuff that is not related to food too — but food definitely dominates the overall subject matter 😉

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For example, I posted a question 2 days ago — Are you a “clean-it-as-you-go” while preparing food in the kitchen or “deal-with-the-aftermath-later” kinda person?

And the replies were pretty intimidating. Well, nothing wrong in that except I was one of very few to admit that I’m a deal-with-the-aftermath-later gal.

Pretty daunting, huh? Or am I just a slacker?

Either way, I’m off to drown my sorrows into some pretty amazing verrines. Oh rhubarb and coconut — I can’t live without thee.

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For rhubarb compote:

  • 6 medium stalks of rhubarb (almost 3 cups of cubed rhubarb)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder

For coconut custard:

  • 1.5 cups of full fat coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 small egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp fine coconut powder (or 2 tsp cornstarch)

For hazelnut crumble:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut flour
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cold butter


  1. Prepare rhubarb compote by heating a small saucepan on medium. Add chopped rhubarb, water and sugar. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Keep stirring in between until rhubarb breaks down into a compote. This should take about 4 minutes.
  2. Just before removing compote, sprinkle in some cardamom powder. Stir and allow compote to cool down completely before chilling in the refrigerator.
  3. To prepare coconut custard, add coconut milk and slited vanilla bean into a saucepan. Heat on medium and bring to a gentle simmer. Turn off heat and allow vanilla bean to infuse into coconut milk for 15 minutes. Strain mixture into a measuring pitcher.
  4. In a bowl, combine egg yolks, sugar and fine coconut powder. Drizzle in warm vanilla infused coconut milk slowly while whisking egg mixture to avoid scrambling. Return the mixture into saucepan and gently cook it over medium-low heat for a few minutes. Do not simmer, just continue whisking until mixture thickens into a light custard. This should take 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Remove coconut custard into a bowl, cover the top of cream with a layer of plastic wrap (to avoid forming a skin) and refrigerate to chill.
  6. Preheat oven to 325F. In a bowl, add all the ingredients to prepare hazelnut crumble. Stir to coat and combine. Spread it all on a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Rotate and toss ingredients in between for even toasting and avoid burn. Remove from oven, transfer onto a plate to completely cool.
  7. To assemble verrines: begin by spooning a thick layer of rhubarb compote into the bottom of a glass, followed by a layer of coconut custard, sprinkle some hazelnut crumble and topped it all with blackberry halves and chopped pistachios for color!


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And now, it’s your turn —

Are you a “clean-it-as-you-go” while preparing food in the kitchen or “deal-with-the-aftermath-later” kinda person?

Truth only, please 😀


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1 Rosa June 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM

A delightful dessert! Those luscious verrines are the perfect ending to a great meal.



2 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Rosa — thank you my friend 🙂

3 Daniela @foodrecipeshq June 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Rhubarb and coconut…. I’m so craving this right now!
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4 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Daniela — and me too, really 😀

5 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

These little verrines are so gorgeous, Kiran! I love the flavor combinations you added to these lovely desserts.
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6 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Georgia — thanks sweets 🙂

7 Mr. & Mrs. P June 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

What a great dessert.. You where able to find rhubarb in Orlando?? We have been so unlucky! Never even tried it!!
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8 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Mr & Mrs P — rhubarbs’ are so difficult to source in Orlando. just happen to chance upon it in Publix one day. that’s it 🙂

9 Helene D'souza June 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

mhhmmmmm with coconut custard!!

I still don’t get facebook, somehow I am better with google+.
I feel I d be the aftermath person, in fact I am and I can’t help it. My washing sink is outside and it’s dark there in the night plus the mosquitos are too much to handle, so I wash the next morning. The problem is really the moquitos. Who ever said that neem and tulsi plants respell mosquitoes is wrong! Have a nice weekend Kiran!
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10 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Helene — thank you and yes, its not worth to mingle with insects when it comes to dish-washing 😀

11 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) June 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Beautiful dessert Kiran! I am a clean-as-I-go cook. I love to keep things neat and tidy!
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12 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Alyssa — thanks my dear 🙂

13 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Beauties! I want to be a clean-as-I-go person, but if I have the kitchen to myself and get going on a project, I’m more of an aftermath person ;).
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14 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Laura — it’s a relief to know i’m not alone in this 😉

15 Ash- foodfashionparty@blogspot.com June 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

No, you are the only one…24 hrs seems not enough..ONLY when you are busy..so that just means, you are using your time well….
Amazing Photography as usual…I have to get some rhubarb now..thanks
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16 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Ash — love your thought process 🙂

17 lisaiscooking June 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

The coconut custard sounds lovely with rhubarb! These colors are great together too. Such a pretty summer dessert.
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18 Kiran June 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Lisa — thank you!!

19 Sissi June 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I love cold desserts (in individual glasses or ramekins) and I think I have much more of these than of old-fashioned cakes or cookies on my blog, so I am already charmed by your rhubarb custard verrines. I find the hazelnut combination with rhubarb and coconut very original and must write it down somewhere for further experiments. Thank you for the inspiration.
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20 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Sissi — you are welcome and i hope you get to enjoy this recipe soon 🙂

21 Giulia June 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I’m a clean-most of it as I go – or at least organize the mess, i.e. dirty bowl into dirty bowl, cutlery into said bowl, composting in one plate, etc.

Your verrines look lovely. I don’t usually like Rhubarb, but I’d try this one for sure. The blackberries look stunning.
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22 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Giulia — teach me how to be more organized in lessening chaos in the kitchen 😀

23 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You June 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM

These are some of my fav pictures of yours, Kiran! They are soothing yet full of life. I am leaving craving these coconut-rhubarb verrines.
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24 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Denise — awww, thanks a lot dear 🙂

25 dixya| food, pleasure, and health June 14, 2013 at 4:28 PM

what a treat to end the week with. Well, normally I like to clean as I go but sometimes I just deal with it in the end.
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26 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Dixya — 🙂

27 Alice June 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Beautiful verrines, delicious use of rhubarb & coconut again and a mighty delicious bite I’m sure. Btw I’m a crazy fanatic who cleans as she goes, without a doubt. Kaos in my mind and order in the kitchen 😉

28 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Alice — i love your thought process about chaos and order 😉

29 The Mistress of Spices June 15, 2013 at 3:56 AM

These are so lovely (and what gorgeous photos!). Rhubarb is only available imported here and is crazy expensive…too bad 🙁
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30 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

TMS — awww, just go with apples then. wasting money on expensive & imported produce is not encouraged here 🙂

31 easyfoodsmith June 15, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Absolutely beautiful n delicious version!
As for cleaning, honestly I let my mood decide whether to clean as I go or deal-with-the-aftermath-later 😉
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32 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Easyfoodsmith — i’m a “let the mood decide”, too! 😉

33 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Nope, 24 hours in a day just isn’t enough. :/ But I think I could definitely squeeze in some time for these verrines. They look incredible!
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34 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Kiersten — you need too. it’s so darn delicious 🙂

35 Choc Chip Uru June 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Strangely enough I have never tried a verrine – your delicious recipe looks like a great place to start 🙂

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36 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

CCU — it’s a french version of parfaits actually 🙂

37 Rebecca June 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

These look amazing and I agree Facebook is a great place hugs

38 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Rebecca — thank you!!

39 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker June 16, 2013 at 2:02 AM

I’m a “clean-it-as-you-go” while preparing food in the kitchen. Any mess in the kitchen can stress me out. 😀 These look beautiful and delicious Kiran. Well done!
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40 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Anne — teach me how to clean as you go, please? 😀

41 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker June 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I use whatever pocket of time I have in between chopping or cooking to do the clean-ups. For instance… when I’m sauteing the onions, it takes about 5-7 minutes to soften? During that window of time, I would do little clean-ups. Or when something is simmering, that’s also a great time to do bits of clean-ups. I have a big chopping board so I don’t use up little bowls while prepping (everything sits on the chopping board rather in small dishes). I hate doing the dishes. The less dishes I have to wash, the better. 😀 Happy Friday Kiran!
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42 Ameena June 16, 2013 at 3:39 AM

Your pictures always blow me away Kiran! So pretty and perfect.

And yes, I am a clean as I go person. Can’t stand mess / clutter for even a second. 🙂

43 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Ameena — awww, thanks so much my dear. and i can’t take mess too, but it goes beyond my control most of the time 😀

44 laurasmess June 16, 2013 at 5:18 AM

These look so delicious Kiran!! Yum, fresh rhubarb with coconut custard. You are so beautifully inventive, and your food styling and photography just make me happy. Hm, as for the question? I am definitely a clean-as-you-go cook. I have a very small kitchen so I find that I run out of clean surfaces if I leave dirty pots and bowls around the place! I guess it’s a habit that’s formed out of necessity. But it does make it MUCH nicer afterwards to be able to just wash a small pile of dishes! 🙂
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45 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Laura — you are always so sweet with the compliments! thank you my friend 🙂 xoxo

46 Ina gawne June 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Kiran – what a lovely recipe…looks so so tasty. I hate to admit it but I usually have a disaster in the kitchen and clean up after !
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47 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Ina — thanks and i’m the same when it comes to cleaning a disastrous kitchen afterwards 😉

48 Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania June 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

This looks like something I can have right now. I have not experimented with rhubarb yet, but now I will! Thanks for the wonderful post!

49 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Purabi — rhubarb is very tart but pairs so beautifully with other fruits or just by itself. have fun experimenting 🙂

50 Kate@Diethood June 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

These are adorable!! And I loooove me some rhubarb. The combination of rhubarb and coconut sounds pretty amazing!

I clean as I go only because the times that I don’t clean right away, I want to slap myself later on. 🙂

51 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Kate — haha, me too 😀

52 john@kitchenriffs June 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I used to put off cleaning the kitchen, but over the years I’ve become a clean-it-as-you-go-type. I think it’s actually a bit easier just to deal with it and get it over with. Love the recipe. Rhubarb is a real favorite of mine, but I’ve never combined it with coconut. I gotta try this! Great recipe – thanks.
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53 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

John — ditto about cleaning as you go. rhubarb pairs so well with coconut, try it and let me know how it tastes 🙂

54 Shumaila June 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I am the leave it for later slacker like you!! And I think it’s ok (right?)

Rhubarb and coconut sound perfect. Going to see if we have some in our grocery store. Its a very rare sighting in these parts 🙁
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55 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Shumaila — it’s totally OK! 😀

56 sowmya June 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Yummy dessert kiran ..!! I liked the way u placed the berries on the top.. I am a lazy cook .. I would deal the cleaning later 😉

57 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Sowmya — thank you and glad i’m not alone about dealing with the messiness later 😀

58 cquek June 17, 2013 at 8:26 AM

i love that dessert.. could i have 2 bowl please
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59 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Cquek — sure 😉

60 Asmita June 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Gorgeous presentation and dessert! I wish I could dig into this one right away!

61 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Asmita — thanks my dear 🙂

62 Nancy/SpicieFoodie June 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I’m both of clean it as I go and deal with the aftermath later, mostly the later, which is bad since my kitchen is tiny. Anywho, your verrines look wonderful. Love the coconut custard:)
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63 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Nancy — cleaning it now or later, at least we get it done. right? that’s the whole point 🙂

64 Maria June 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Hey Kiran lovely clicks missed your dishes was away from blogging for a month coz of tehnical issues. Loved your dish looks gorgeous 🙂
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65 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Hey Maria — hope the technical issues are sorted out. Welcome back 🙂

66 Shruti@Part Time Chef June 18, 2013 at 3:08 AM

The combination of Rhubarb and coconut sounds very delicious. Well..I am a total slacker..and am more of deal-with-aftermath kinda person 🙂

67 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Shruti — lol, i’m with you 😀

68 Nusrat Azim June 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Man! A despicable sweet-toother like me wouldn’t mind committing a couple of murders to have this sweet treat !

Mind blowing, soft, dreamy pix 🙂
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69 Kiran June 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Nusrat — lol, you always put a smile on my face 😀

70 marla June 19, 2013 at 7:32 AM

These are so pretty!
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71 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Thanks Marla! xoxo

72 Nik@ABrownTable June 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Somehow I missed this post in my inbox! I’m glad I found it, coconut custard, yum!
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73 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Nik — aah, i wonder how it happened 😉

74 Radhika Vasanth June 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

That is a lovely dessert and the combination of coconut and rhubarb sounds decadent.
I am mostly a clean it aftermath kinda person but occasionally I clean it as I cook.
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75 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Radhika — thanks my dear. and i can assure you there’s nothing wrong with aftermath cleaning 🙂

76 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence June 19, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I’m loving the styling here. Such pretty colors 🙂
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77 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Brandon — thanks so much!

78 Mary @ Fit and Fed June 19, 2013 at 8:59 PM

It’s always really nice to see something different for rhubarb, something that’s not a strawberry rhubarb dessert. This definitely qualifies as an interesting twist, and I love the toasted hazelnut crumble topping with the colorful extras of blackberries and pistachios. I have never seen coconut powder– and you use it as a thickener? I would probably use a cornstarch alternative that I have on hand, something like kudzu root powder or tapioca starch. But if the coconut powder also adds more coconut flavor, it’s good to know about.
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79 Kiran June 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Mary — i was hunting for strawberries but just couldn’t get my hands on anything that either was way too big or all bruised. Strawberries aren’t the best this time of the year, here in Orlando. So I had to modify the recipe and it turned out just as delish. You can use coconut flour too and yes, I used it as a thickener in place or cornstarch just to add more coconut flavor 🙂

80 Your Cookery Book June 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Lovely dessert for any occasion! 🙂
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81 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM

YCB — thank you!

82 Alanna June 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Oh, these look SO incredible! Your photography is just stunning. I’m in love. 🙂
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83 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Alanna — aww, thanks so much sweetie. i love your moody and colorful photography 🙂

84 Meghan June 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

What a beautiful dessert, Kiran! I love the flavor combination!
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85 Kiran June 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Meghan — thank you so so much!!

86 Lail | With A Spin July 1, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Delightful!! Too bad I’ll have to wait until next spring to try these.
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87 Kiran July 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Lail — the wait will be so worth it when you try 🙂

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