Rhubarb for dessert - The Explorer: El Sol

Rhubarb for dessert

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:24 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

When fresh rhubarb first appears in the grocery stores, it reminds me of spring.

Rhubarb originated in China and Tibet and was originally used for medicinal purposes. The earliest record of its culinary use in Europe dates from 1608.

Fresh rhubarb should be bright in color, the stalks firm and upright, the leaves a pale yellow. Rhubarb is best eaten fresh.

If you wish to store rhubarb, simply top and tail the stalks. Cut into small pieces and poach gently for three to four minutes in a little sugared water. Cool and freeze. This simple compote can be used in pies or crumbles, and it can be folded into custard or whipped cream.

Rhubarb and strawberries complement each other. The following recipe is a delightful use of fresh rhubarb and fresh strawberries.

Mary Elizabeth Evans, teaches cooking classes at Pima College and through her company, Teascompany at www.teascompany.net. To share a favorite recipe or comment on this column, write to editor@explorernews.com.

FRUIT MERINGUE

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

4 cups diced rhubarb

2 cups strawberries

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup sugar

2 egg yolks, beaten

2 egg whites

Preparation:

Pour boiling water over diced rhubarb. Allow to stand for 15 minutes.

Drain rhubarb and place in saucepan. Add strawberries.

Mix flour with three-quarters of a cup of sugar. Add to fruit.

Simmer about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Add beaten egg yolks. Stir to blend well.

Pour mixture into a square baking dish.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually beat in remaining quarter cup sugar.

Drop beaten egg whites in mounds on top of fruit mixture in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes until the meringue is slightly browned. Serve hot or cold.

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

More about

Welcome to the discussion.

Oro Valley Audiology

Oro Valley AudiologyAddress: 2542 E Vistoso Commerce Loop Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755Phone:(520) ...

Spacer4px

Follow us on Facebook

Online poll

Loading…
Loading…