Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 40 mins Total: 1 hour Yields: 8
It’s a challenge to imagine a more fitting dessert for a Sunday Lunch. Embracing its classic charm, the Queen of Puddings receives a seasonal infusion, featuring luscious rhubarb and syrupy stem ginger in place of traditional jam. The experience is incredibly gratifying – velvety custard harmoniously melds with delicate crumbs, crowned by the vibrant duo of rhubarb and ginger, all crowned with a beautifully toasted meringue. This creation encapsulates the finest attributes of beloved desserts like creme brûlée, floating islands, lemon meringue pie, and the timeless pairing of rhubarb and custard. Without a doubt, it emerges as a true champion
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- 140g Madeira cake (or replace with brioche or bread)
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 lemon, zest only finely grated
- 300ml full-fat milk
- 100ml double cream
- 150g caster sugar
For the filling
- 500g rhubarb, cut into 4cm long pieces
- 100g sugar
- 4 balls stem ginger, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons ginger syrup from jar
- 2 tablespoons water
- Preheat the oven to 140°C.
- Blitz Madeira cake in a food processor until it forms fine crumbs.
- Transfer the crumbs to a 22cm baking dish.
- Gently warm the milk and cream, then pour the mixture over the crumbs.
- Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before whisking in egg yolks, 1/3 of the sugar, and lemon zest.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the custard sets with a slight wobble remaining.
For the filling
- Combine rhubarb, sugar, stem ginger, and syrup with water in a large saucepan.
- Stir and cook for 15-20 minutes until the rhubarb becomes tender.
- Allow both the rhubarb and custard to cool. If desired, you can refrigerate them at this point and continue the next day.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Whip the egg whites to a soft peak stage, gradually adding the remaining 100g sugar, whipping between each addition until the meringue turns shiny and glossy, forming stiff peaks.
- Drain the rhubarb, reserving the syrup, and spoon it over the baked custard.
- Swirl the meringue over the top, reaching the edges, and bake for 15-20 minutes until the meringue turns lightly brown.
- Serve the dessert hot or warm, accompanied by the reserved syrup.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 40
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: British