Monday, 28 July 2014

Raspberry Eton Mess

Traditionally, Eton Mess is made with strawberries, but it can be made with raspberries or blackberries equally well. How about blueberries? I would, perhaps with a bit of very fine lemon zest instead of the vanilla.

I have given proportions and there is nothing wrong with these proportions, but this is the kind of dish that consists of however much of each ingredient seems good to you. Do not hesitate to meddle.

And in case you were wondering, this is where some of the whipping cream from Miller's Dairy ended up. Do not let your meddling lead you into using anything but real whipping cream, consisting of whipping cream and whipping cream alone, without added gums, stabilizers, etc, etc. 

4 to 6 servings
20 minutes prep time, 30 minutes rest time

Raspberry Eton Mess

2 cups raspberries
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 pre-made crisp meringue nests (about 60 grams)
OR 1/2 recipe homemade meringue nests
another 1/4 cup or so of raspberries to garnish

Pick over the berries, and rinse them briefly. Drain them very well.

Put the cream in a medium sized mixing bowl with the vanilla and beat it with an electric mixer until you can form soft peaks. Crumble in the meringue nests, then mash the 2 cups of raspberries quite lightly, and fold them in.

Set the mess in a cool spot for about half an hour for everything to come together as an ensemble. Don't leave it too long though, or those meringues will completely melt, and you will just have sweetened whipped cream with raspberries.

Garnish with the remaining raspberries just before serving.

Last year at this time I made a Peach Coffee Smoothie. Just saw peaches available today!


Megan said...

Nice. Brings back memories of my childhood. My mom's go-to summer recipe (given the plethora of raspberries in her back yard) is Raspberry Fool. I hadn't heard of Eton Mess before. Seems like it's Fool plus merringue, which would add an interesting texture -- also reducing the fat content slightly.

I still smile, remembering a long ago house guest, who, upon hearing that the dessert that she was rapturously eating was made of raspberries plus whipped cream, promptly shrieked and spit it out.

Ferdzy said...

Hilarious, but kind of sad. I bet if it was red Jello and Cool Whip, it would have been acceptable.