White chocolate mousse poached rhubarb | Recipe

Ingredients

For the mousse

150g white chocolate
4 large egg whites
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
200ml double cream
For the poached rhubarb

185ml white wine (or a mini bottle)
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
1 vanilla pod , split lengthways and seeds removed
4 tall rhubarb stalks (about 375g), cut into 5cm pieces

For the topping

75g jumbo oats
30g plain flour
2 tbsp golden caster sugar
50g melted butter

Method

STEP 1
Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, then remove from the heat. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, add the sugar and briefly whisk again. Whisk the cream to soft peaks, then fold the melted chocolate into the cream. Once incorporated, mix a spoonful of the egg whites into the cream and chocolate mix, stir well, then fold the remaining egg white mix in. Work quickly, taking care not to knock out too much air. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hr.

STEP 2
While the mousse is setting, poach the rhubarb. Pour the wine, sugar, vanilla pod and seeds, and 150ml water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Drop in the rhubarb, turn down the heat and poach for 2-3 mins. Turn off the heat and leave the rhubarb to cool in the liquid.

STEP 3
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 3. Mix the oats, flour and sugar in a bowl and pour over the melted butter. Stir well, then tip onto a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 20 mins, tossing halfway through, until golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. To serve, lift the rhubarb out of the poaching liquid and spoon into serving bowls, alternating with a large scoop of the mousse and a sprinkle of the oat crumb.

Recipe by Tom Kerridge 

BBC Good Food contributing editor Tom Kerridge is a BBC presenter and chef-owner of The Hand & Flowers, The Coach and The Butcher’s Tap in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, as well as Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia Hotel, London. His latest book, Fresh Start, is out now. See Tom at the BBC Good Food Show, cook his monthly menu in the magazine, and follow him on on Twitter. Listen to the new BBC Good Food Podcast with Tom Kerridge available on Acast, Spotify, iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.