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Tangy, sweet and creamy - my Lemon Rhubarb Creams are a perfect way to brighten up the winter!

Lemon Rhubarb Creams

Serve this simple but elegant dessert with Langues de chat biscuits or shortbread biscuits

Course Dessert
Servings 4
Author Sally Akins

Ingredients

For the Rhubarb layer:

  • 400 g forced Rhubarb
  • Juice of 1 large orange around 50ml
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar

For the Lemon Layer:

  • 125 g golden caster sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 400 ml double cream

Instructions

First make the rhubarb layer.

  1. Wash and trim the stalks of rhubarb, and cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) pieces.
  2. Put the pieces of rhubarb in a medium saucepan, together with the orange juice and sugar. Bring to the boil over a medium-high heat and cook on high for 2 minutes. Then put a lid on the saucepan, reduce the heat to low-medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, the rhubarb should be tender but still holding its shape and colour. You'll also have a lot of bright pink rhubarb syrup. Transfer the rhubarb and syrup to a wide dish to cool down quickly.

Next make the lemon posset.

  1. Put the sugar in a small saucepan and add the lemon juice. Heat over a medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved - you don't need to boil this, just heat it through.
  2. Then put the cream in a second saucepan over a medium-high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and let it bubble away for 3 minutes so that it thickens slightly.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the sugar and lemon juice syrup, stirring with a whisk as you pour in the syrup. It will start to thicken immediately, and may look a little lumpy but keep whisking and it will get smoother again.
  4. Pour the lemon posset through a sieve into a large jug, and leave it to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. While the posset is cooling, you can start to assemble the puddings. I used matching wine glasses, but you can use an assortment of different glasses or dishes if you prefer. Definitely use glass though, so you can see the layers.

  6. Put a few pieces of rhubarb in each glass (about 5-6 depending on size) and add 1-2 teaspoons of the syrup as well. Try not to get any of it down the sides of the glasses!
  7. When the lemon posset has cooled, pour it quickly and smoothly into each glass. You'll get a little of the syrup showing through but the layers should mainly stay separate.
  8. Allow to cool for a few minutes more and then transfer to the fridge to chill. They will need at least 4 hours, but you can get ahead by making these up to 12 hours in advance.

Recipe Notes

Remove from the fridge around 20 minutes before serving, to let the cream soften a little. Serve the desserts with long spoons and some crisp biscuits such as langues de chat or shortbreads.