Rhubarb Meringue Cake {Ciasto Rabarbarowe z Bezą}

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Rhubarb Meringue Cake {Ciasto Rabarbarowe z Bezą}

I’m not sure Rhubarb Meringue Cake is considered a traditional Polish recipe, but I do know that Poles love rhubarb. It is in season in late spring in Poland and you see a lot of it in fresh fruit and veggie markets and even at supermarkets throughout Poland.

Ciasto rabarbarowe z bezą [chyasto rah-bar-bar-oveh z beh-zow] is made from 3 layers: bottom layer is a buttery shortbread-like crust, then a layer of cooked down rhubarb and final layer: sweet meringue. I first had this while visiting our relatives in central Poland in early 90s. It is to die for. I had to create my own version and I’ve been making it on regular basis since.

Rhubarb Meringue Cake

Rhubarb Meringue Cake {Ciasto Rabarbarowe z Bezą}

  • Yields: 9 x 13 inch / 25 x 35 centimeter pan
  • Prep Time: 1.5 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes + cooling

Ingredients

  • BOTTOM CRUST:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 c of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 2 ½ c of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 14 tbsp (2 sticks minus 2 tbsp) / 200 g of cold butter
  • RHUBARB LAYER:
  • 2 lbs / 900 g of fresh rhubarb
  • ¼ c of granulated sugar
  • MERINGUE LAYER:
  • 4 egg whites
  • ⅔ c / 90 g of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp of corn starch

Instructions

  1. To make bottom layer, separate eggs (keep yolks for meringue layer). Place egg yolks in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and whisk until creamy, for about 4 minutes. Add sour cream and whisk until well incorporated. Add flour, baking powder and lemon zest and mix with whisk attachment.

  2. Finally, add cold butter cut up into smaller cubes. With your hands quickly mix and massage to form dough. Don't overwork. Butter does not have to be completely incorporated. It will help the crust to stay flaky and soft.

  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge.

  4. To make rhubarb layer, wash rhubarb and cut into about ½ inch / 2 centimeter pieces. Place in a wide sautéing pan, add sugar and heat (covered) on medium heat until rhubarb softens (about 10-13 minutes). Uncover, stir well and continue cooking until all of the moisture evaporates. Stir occasionally. Set aside to cool.

  5. When rhubarb has completely cooled off, preheat oven to 350℉ / 180℃. Line a 9 x 13 inch / 25 x 35 centimeter pan with parchment paper and roll out the dough onto the bottom of the pan evenly (just the bottom, not the edges). Poke crust with a fork and bake for 15 minutes. Take out and let cool slightly.

  6. Once the curst has cooled off a bit cover it evenly with rhubarb layer.

  7. Finally, place egg whites in a mixing bowl and whisk. Add sugar and corn starch. Whisk for a few minutes, until stiff peaks form. Transfer meringue onto the rhubarb layer and place in the hot oven for 12-15 minutes at 350℉ / 180℃. Turn oven off and let cake cool completely before taking out.

  8. Once cool, take out, cut into squares and enjoy!

Hope you try it!

Smacznego!

Anna

 


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2 Comments

  1. Love this recipe, made it today and it was a great hit 👍
    Just found you on Pinterest will be trying more of your recipes in the future .
    Are you also on Instagram ?
    Your meals are works of art you should post photos there of your delicious meals.
    Looking forward to your next entry.

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