Eton Mess is a traditional summertime British dessert. Crunchy meringue, whipped cream and fresh berries are all you need to whip up this tasty treat.
I developed this version as one of the recipes for my costing class back in February/March and when it came time for me to pick something to submit to The Oregonian for my June recipe, I decided to go with this.
Berry season in Oregon is one of my favourite times of the year. I love nothing better than going strawberry picking, eating berries, and creating different recipes with them. I went berry picking last weekend with a few of my friends and while my knee didn’t appreciate all the fun I had, it was a wonderful day full of sunshine, berries, and laughter — three of my favourite things 🙂
I have finals next week, but after that I promise I’ll be coming at ya with more recipes and stories and anything else I can think of to throw your way! I can tease you a little bit and tell you I’m catering a couple of events this summer and I’m SO EXCITED!! I’ll be a master of all things Greek!
But back to the recipe.
You can absolutely make this with pre-made meringues and whipped cream if you don’t want to make them yourself. I just get joy out of bashing down on my meringues when they’re done – get a little frustration out, you know?
Anyway, here’s the recipe. Brazil is about to go open the World Cup, so I have some football viewing to do. Enjoy!
- 3 egg whites
- 6 oz. sugar (between 3/4 and 1 cup)
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1 pound berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 200°F.
- In an electric mixer, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. With mixer still running, slowly add sugar, one to two tablespoons at a time, until stiff peaks form.
- Spoon meringue onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, until dry and hard on the outside. Turn oven off, but leave meringues in oven for a couple of hours to dry out.
- When the meringues are cold and dry, crush them into pieces. Chop the berries and whip the cream using a mixer until it reaches whipped cream consistency.
- In a large bowl, mix together the whipped cream, chopped berries and most of the crushed meringue.
- Divide between bowls and top with remaining meringue and sliced berries.