Make the most of seasonal rhubarb in this attractive make-ahead dinner party dessert recipe featuring ginger cordial, lush cream and crunchy meringue.
200 g rhubarb, chopped
100 g caster sugar
3 tbsp Buderim cordial, or other ginger cordial
4 eggs, separated
100 g icing sugar
300 ml thickened cream
50 g ready-made meringues, broken into pieces
25 g crystallised ginger, to serve
- Line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper. Put the chopped rhubarb in a medium-sized saucepan with the caster sugar, ginger cordial and 1 1/2 tbsp water. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the rhubarb is soft but still holds its shape. Pour into a heatproof jug and leave to cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric hand whisk until stiff, then set aside. In another bowl, whisk the yolks with the icing sugar until they’re pale and starting to thicken. Finally, in a third bowl, whip the cream until thick. Fold the yolk mixture into the whipped cream until well combined, then fold in the egg whites and half of the broken meringues.
- Gently spoon a third of the cream mixture into the prepared tin and freeze for 20-30 minutes or until just set (keeping the rest of the cream mixture in the fridge). Once it has set, take the tin out of the freezer and pour in half of the cooked rhubarb. Reserve a little of the cooked rhubarb for decorating later, if you like. Top with another third of the cream mixture and return to the freezer for another 30 minutes. Once this layer has set, add the remaining rhubarb, followed by a final layer of cream. Cover with cling film and put it back in the freezer for 2 hours to firm up.
- To serve, turn it out onto a serving plate and peel away the paper. Decorate with any reserved rhubarb, the remaining meringue pieces and the crystallised ginger. Slice and serve immediately.