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Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4/fan 160C. Halve the rhubarb lengthways then cut into 5cm lengths. Put the fruit into a small roasting tin just large enough to hold it in a single layer (any larger and too much of the liquid will evaporate during cooking).
Add the remaining ingredients and cover with foil. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the rhubarb is just tender.
Lift the rhubarb from the cooking liquid with a slotted spoon and put it into a serving dish. Put the roasting tin with the cooking liquid back on the hob and bring to the boil. Bubble for about 5 minutes to reduce it slightly, then remove from the heat.
Taste the rhubarb liquid – it should be tart without being sour – and stir in a little extra sugar if necessary, then pour it over the rhubarb. You can serve it warm or chill overnight and serve cold.
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