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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 2.40 / 5 (50 votes)

Prep time:
5 min
Cook time:
5 min

Forced rhubarb is even sweeter than its seasonal counterpart, so make use of them in Clodagh McKenna’s quick and effortless recipe for an old British favourite


1. Boil the water in a saucepan and dissolve the sugar, stirring constantly. Add half the lemon zest and rhubarb and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the rhubarb has softened.

2. Drain the rhubarb, then pile into a large mixing bowl with the meringues, whipped double cream, and half of the almonds. Stir together well.

3. To serve, spoon the mixture into a glass dessert bowl and sprinkle over the rest of the almonds and lemon zest.

Eton Mess Recipe


  • 300 ml water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 2 stalks forced rhubarb, sliced into thin strips
  • handfuls ready-made miniature meringues
  • small handful toasted almonds
  • 2 tbsp double cream, whipped

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fabulous for a valentine's light desert as forced rhubarb just in season, I added a few strawberries after 1 min cooking time which made dessert even nicer, I meant to gie 5 stars, clicked in the wrong place!

ChrisR72556 ChrisR72556  Posted 12 Feb 2010 1:24 PM

i made on easter sunday after lamb dinner ,so easy to do and got rhubarb out of my garden,it tasted great and yummy.

julie julie  Posted 14 Apr 2009 1:52 PM