As pretty as it is delicious, this trifle perfectly balances sweet and tart flavors. Classic strawberry-rhubarb flavors in a German-style trifle, with layers of meringue, rhubarb cream, and fresh strawberries.
- 1 lb rhubarb
- 5/8 cup sugar 125g
- 1 cup heavy cream 250 ml
- 1 lb strawberries
- 2-1/2 oz meringues 75g, small and large ones work equally well
- lemon balm leaves for garnish
Clean, thinly peel and chop the rhubarb stalks. In a saucepan bring the rhubarb and 1/3 cup of sugar to a boil while stirring constantly and cook until very soft, about 7-10 minutes (continue to stir throughout the process). Let the mixture cool down completely.
Whip the cream until firm and gently fold in the cold rhubarb puree.
Clean the strawberries, reserving some for garnishing, and slice them. Mix the strawberries with the remaining sugar.
When using large meringues, break them up into smaller pieces. In 4-6 serving glasses (or a large trifle bowl) layer the meringues, the strawberries and the rhubarb cream. Garnish the trifle with the remaining strawberries and the lemon balm and serve promptly.