Rhubarb meringue cake

Rhubarb meringue cake
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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Grease a 26cm diameter springform tin and sprinkle with flour.
  2. Beat the butter, 125g sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt with the whisk of a mixer until creamy.
  3. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Stir in the milk. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix well.
  4. Spoon half the mixture into the tin and smooth out.


    In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until forming stiff peaks, adding the icing sugar a tablespoon at a time.
  5. Spoon half the mixture on top of the batter in the tin, leaving a 1cm margin around the edge.

    Bake for 30 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Run a knife around the edge and carefully remove the cake from the tin. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Wash and dry the tin, then repeat with the remaining batter and meringue.



  7. Place the rhubarb, cherry juice and 125g sugar in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 4-5 mins, until the rhubarb begins to fall apart.
  8. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool.


    In a bowl, mix the yogurt, 50g sugar and 2 tsp vanilla extract. Squeeze out the gelatine and dissolve in a saucepan set over a low heat.
  9. Stir in 3 tbsp of the yogurt mixture. Stir this into the remaining yogurt mixture. Stir in the rhubarb and chill for 10 mins. Stir in the cream.


  10. Place 1 cake on a cake plate and surround with a cake ring. Spread over the rhubarb cream. Gently press the other cake on top. Chill for at least 3 hours.
  11. Remove the cake ring and dust with icing sugar.

Tip

Try this twist on the classic lemon meringue

Ingredients

125g (41/2oz) butter, softened
300g (101/2oz) caster sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs, separated
5-6 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
150g (5oz) plain flour
2 heaped tsp baking powder
200g (7oz) icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
600g (1lb 4oz) rhubarb, cut into 1cm slices
3 tbsp cherry nectar
300g (101/2oz) full-fat natural yogurt
8 leaves gelatine, soaked in cold water
200ml (7floz) whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks

Notes

Time: 45 mins
Serves: 16
Nutrition: n/a