This is a delicious new twist on the classic Eton mess, made with rhubarb instead of strawberries.
300 g golden caster sugar
6 small sprigs rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped
6 sticks rhubarb, chopped
500 ml thickened cream
4 large ready-made meringues (or 12 small)
- Put 200g of the sugar in a small pan with 50ml water and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the rosemary and swirl the pan. Tip the remaining sugar onto a plate. Strain the rosemary, keeping the sugar syrup. Shake off any excess liquid and dust the rosemary with the sugar, then tip them onto a piece of baking paper to dry.
- Tip out the syrup leaving 3 tbsp behind in the pan, add the rhubarb and heat it slowly in the syrup. Make sure the syrup doesn’t burn as the rhubarb softens, and when it is completely soft, leave it to cool. If the rhubarb is still tart, add a little more syrup. Whip the cream to soft peaks, break in the meringues and add most of the rhubarb. Fold everything together. Divide the mixture between bowls or glasses, and add more rhubarb and a sprinkle of rosemary to each. Add the leftover rosemary to a jar of sugar and seal to make rosemary sugar.