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Rhubarb Compote and Pavlova

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Ah, rhubarb. That red stalky vegetable that legally passes as a fruit. Offering a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium, and more, this plant was traditionally used as a medicine and healing ointment. Now a signature ingredient in desserts, this tart treat is sweeter the redder the stalk is, so choose your stalks wisely!
A compote is a fruit reduction that is cooked or preserved in a syrup. A pavlova is a meringue-based cake. Top one on top of the other and you’ve got a very fine dessert indeed. Making this Rhubarb compote and pavlova was met with cries of “seconds, please!”
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Rhubarb Compote


  • 6 cups rhubarb, cut into thumb length sections
  • 2 cups sugar


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine all ingredients and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for about 1 hour or until rhubarb is translucent and the mixture has the consistency of a thick and syrupy mash. Stir frequently while cooking and especially at the end of cooking to prevent scorching.
  3. Allow to cool completely

Rhubarb Pavlova


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pint heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually add in the sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until thick and glossy. Gently fold in vanilla extract, lemon juice, and cornstarch.
  3. Spoon mixture onto the parchment in 8 dollops.
  4. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Cool on oven with door cracked 2 hours.
  5. Gently crush tops of meringues.
  6. In a small bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. Remove the paper, and place meringue on a flat serving plate. Fill the center of the meringue with whipped cream, and top with Rhubarb compote
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