The last of the Autumn Rhubarb : Rhubarb Meringue Tarte

That's it for this year. It is time to bid farewell to rhubarb. We will have to wait for its return in early spring with the arrival of forced rhubarb. However not all is lost....yet.
 
The last of this year's rhubarb can be found in supermarket and moreover in allotments' shops. As plants has to be cut to the ground and divided now. So beg, plead and grab what ever you can, because the following recipe is a melt in the mouth experience. It's a bit like eating clouds

Rhubarb Meringue Tarte
Rhubarb  Meringue Tarte

Below is the original recipe from a set of French cooking cards which have I had forever, When I made it I halved the sugar content and it was to my taste, the trick is to start with as much sugar you think is right and taste the compote along the way adjusting accordingly. 

Ingredients
Ready made puff pastry
1.5kg rhubarb peeled and chopped roughly in 1 to 2 cm long pieces
500g sugar

4 egg whites (use one egg yolk to brush on pastry)
200g sugar
50g sliced almonds
icing sugar

Method

Transfer the rhubarb chunks into a bowl and cover with sugar (start with what you think is right from 250g to 500g). Leave it until the sugar is wet from the rhubarb juice.

Pour into a saucepan and cook until boiling point, reduce the heat, cook further until the compote is thick and brown (add sugar if needed)

In the meantime, roll out the puff pastry, line a pie or tarte tin with it and bake blind using baking beans or alternative.

Soggy Bottom: a quick word about the subject. This is not a myth and you will end up with a soggy bottom tarte if the pastry is not cooked thoroughly

Get the tarte out and crank up the oven to the max.
beat the egg white until firm and add the sugar, here I changed the 200g sugar for 2 tablespoons
Place the compote on the top of the pastry cover with the egg whites, sprinkle the almonds on the top and return to the oven until the meringue starts to colour.
Serve warm or cold.

A dessert is for sharing so I am entering this recipe in  Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours and being hosted by Dinner with Crayons this month. I am also entering Tea Time Treats which is hosted by Lavender & Lovage this month & alternately with What Kate Baked as the theme is dried fruit and the decoration is almond! I am entering Made with Love Mondays run by Javelin Warrior as this tarte is made from scratch. Then finally I am entering the One Ingredient challenge where the theme is fruits of the vine run by Franglais Kitchen well far fetch but I like her blog 

6 comments:

Javelin Warrior said...

What a tasty tarte - I'm a big fan of rhubarb, especially when spring rolls around. I tend to buy rhubarb in big bunches and then freeze it off so I have some all year... Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays and welcome to the series!

Karen S Booth said...

What a FABULOUS autumn recipe Solange and so pretty too! LOVE it, and thanks for linking up to Tea Time Treats, Karen

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I love a good meringue and as I said in my cherry meringue pie post earlier in the year, people often forget you can do it with other fruits too. Rhubarb sounds wonderful!

Solange Berchemin said...

Hi Javelin,
That is a good idea, why didn't I think of it before. I will freeze rhubarb from now on.

Pebble Soup said...

Hi Karen,
Always happy to participate to TTT and to keep you busy :))

pebble soup said...

Hi Sarah,

Yes indeed, it's fast, cheap and transforms any sweet pie into a wonderful experience. I will be cooking your cherry meringue pie very soon.

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