Almond Bavarois with Roasted Rhubarb
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 5-6 servings
For the bavarois:
  • 225g (7.9 oz) blanched almonds
  • 550ml (18.6 fl oz) whole milk
  • 4 large free-range egg yolks
  • 125g (4.4 oz) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • About 3 gelatine leaves* (I used Equagold Gold Grade Gelatine leaves)
  • 225ml (7.6 fl oz) double cream
For the poached rhubarb:
  • 400g (14.1 oz) (about 2 bunches) rhubarb, cut into 5cm pieces
  • Pared zest 1 lemon
  • 65g (1/3 cup) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
For the praline**:
  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 50g (1.7 oz) blanched almonds
For the bavarois: (Can make the day ahead)
  1. Heat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Spread the almonds over a baking tray and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool a little, then finely chop and put in a saucepan with the milk. Heat until the milk just starts to boil, then set aside to infuse for 4-6 hours or overnight.
  2. When the milk has taken on the flavour of the almonds, strain it into a measuring jug (you can save the almonds for smoothies); the quantity of milk will have reduced and from what remains, you’ll need 340ml (11.5 fl oz) milk.
  3. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof mixing bowl, then beat with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  4. Heat the 340ml (11.5 fl oz) milk until steaming, then pour into the bowl, stirring as you add it.
  5. Half fill a roasting tin with cold water and ice cubes.
  6. Put the gelatine in a small bowl and cover with cold water.
  7. Return the egg and milk mixture to the cleaned saucepan and heat gently for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and lightly coats the back of a spoon. It should gently steam, but not boil. Remove the custard from the heat.
  8. Squeeze out any excess water from the gelatine leaves, then stir them through the custard until completely melted. Strain through a sieve into a mixing bowl.
  9. Put the bowl in the water-and-ice filled roasting tin and gently stir with a spatula until thickened – it should stay parted for a second when you draw your spatula through it.
  10. Put the double cream in a larger mixing bowl and whip until it forms soft peaks. Gently fold through the custard with a metal spoon or spatula until combined. Divide the mixture equally among the moulds, cover each with cling film (not touching the surface) and chill for 4-6 hours until set, or overnight.
For the rhubarb:
  1. Heat the oven to 110°C (230°F). Arrange the rhubarb pieces in a large shallow roasting tray. Scatter over the lemon zest and sugar along with a splash of water. Cover the tin tightly with foil and bake for 1½ hours.
  2. Remove the rhubarb from the oven, uncover and carefully pour the juices into a small pan. Bubble for 5-6 minutes until syrupy. Leave to cool, then pour back over the rhubarb. Chill until needed.
For the praline: (Can make well ahead)
  1. Gently heat the sugar in a frying pan until melted, then boil without stirring. While it’s boiling, scatter the 50g almonds in a baking tray lined with baking paper, then tip the caramel over them as soon as it’s a golden-reddish brown. Leave the almond praline to cool completely. Pulse in a food processor (or finely chop with a large, sharp knife) to a coarse powder. If making ahead store in a sealed container and store in a dry place (don't place in fridge).
To serve:
  1. Take the bavarois out of the fridge 30 minutes before unmoulding. Run a thin knife inside the edge of each mould, and/or dip briefly in hot water, then invert the bavarois sharply onto serving plates. Serve with the rhubarb, rhubarb syrup and a dusting of praline.
*If you're not feeling confident about unmoulding the dessert, you can simply set and serve it in pretty serving glasses.
**You'll have lots of praline left over. Simply store in a sealed container in a dry place (not the fridge) for future use.
Recipe by The Kiwi Cook at