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Meringue-Topped Strawberries & Rhubarb

May/June 2008

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Poaching brings out the flavorful strawberry and rhubarb juices with minimal effort. An airy meringue on top of the poached fruit is a healthy (and gorgeous) stand-in for a heavier whipped-cream or ice cream topping.


Meringue-Topped Strawberries & Rhubarb

Makes: 6 servings

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Ingredients

Fruit

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen (not thawed) rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, (optional)
  • 2 cups (1 pint) fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered, if larger

Meringue

  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature, or equivalent dried egg whites (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir rhubarb, sugar and ginger (if using) in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture evenly among six 8-ounce ramekins (see Variation). Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake until the rhubarb is softened, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove the foil.
  3. Carefully tuck strawberries between the chunks of rhubarb. (Do not stir or the rhubarb will break apart.)
  4. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue mixing until the egg whites are glossy and hold peaks. Spoon beaten egg whites over each portion of fruit. Use a thin spatula to spread the meringue into decorative peaks.
  5. Return the ramekins to the oven and bake until the meringue is lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Variation: This dish can be made in a deep-dish pie pan instead of individual ramekins; the recipe and timing are the same.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Six 8-ounce ramekins
  • Ingredient Note: Dried egg whites are pasteurized—a wise choice when making meringue toppings that may not reach 160°F (the temperature at which eggs are considered "safe"). You'll find them in the baking or natural-foods section of most supermarkets. Reconstitute according to package directions.

Nutrition

Per serving: 148 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 2 g fiber; 31 mg sodium; 340 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (60% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate


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Recipe Categories

Ease of Preparation
Easy
Type of Dish
Desserts, fruit
Total Time
1 hour or less
Ethnic/Regional
American
Servings
6
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Poach
Meal/Course
Dessert
Season
Spring
Summer
Publication
May/June 2008
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