Individual rhubarb ripple Pavlovas

Individual rhubarb ripple Pavlovas

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(3 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

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Serves 8

Showcase vibrant rhubarb by poaching it with vanilla and combining with homemade meringue and whipped cream

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal636
  • fat40g
  • saturates25g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars65g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 800g rhubarb stems, cut into small batons



    Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 vanilla pods, split in half lengthways
  • 600ml pot double cream

For the meringue

  • 5 large free-range egg whites, at room temperature
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour


  1. Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Line two large baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment. Draw eight circles, 6-8cm in diameter, on the parchment, then flip over. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually whisk in the sugar until thick and glossy, then the cornflour. Pile the meringue in soft swirls onto the marked circles on the baking parchment, then bake on the lowest shelf for 1 hr until crisp on the outside and dry underneath. Cool, then gently peel off the paper. Can be made up to a day in advance, just store in airtight containers.

  2. Place the rhubarb batons in a large pan along with the sugar, vanilla and about 200ml water. Bring to a gentle simmer, then cook very gently until just soft. Discard the vanilla. Remove the rhubarb from the pan, reserving the cooking liquid. Purée half of the fruit with a hand blender or liquidiser, then strain into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve.

  3. Reduce the rhubarb cooking liquid until thick and syrupy. Leave rhubarb and syrup to cool (can be made up to 2 days ahead and chilled until needed).

  4. To serve, whip the cream until it just forms peaks. Carefully ripple the rhubarb purée through the cream. Plate each meringue and spoon on some of the rhubarb rippled cream. Top with the remaining batons and spoon some of the rhubarb syrup on top and around the plate.

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22nd Jun, 2014
Made these as recipe. My rhubarb was quite chunky, so cut lengthwise into short batons. Slightly time consuming, but worth the effort. Didn't put purée thro a sieve as very fine when blitzed. Looked amazing....just like in the photo....and tasted even better. Next time will only use 4 egg whites as the pavlovas were huge and made 3 additional small ones.
22nd Apr, 2014
Great meringues, toffee like in the middle. I used golden caster sugar which gave it a good flavour. Couldn't get rhubarb so decided to use plums instead. They worked really well but the syrup set due to the high pectin in the plums. I just cubed it and served it with the rest. It was really good and added another texture. Would definitely make again and am looking forward to trying it with rhubarb.
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