Eton Less Mess

This weeks dinner party dessert was a trifle come Eton mess concoction that I juist made up, however it tasted delicious. I have only attempted to make meringue once since I was taught my boyfriend’s mum who is the queen of delicious meringue. The last attempt was successful; and tasted great but I was feeling a bit more inventive this weekend so I went for something a little different.

My Eton Mess/Trifle

This was the final result and as you can see I layered the pieces of broken meringue, whipped cream, strawberry’s and kiwi to make a trifle style dessert, even though my aim was an Eton mess (in reality I did not know how to make that) but regardless it was really yummy and this is how I made it;

Ingredients

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 8oz of Sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Lemon Juice
  • 400ml of Whipping Cream
  • 2 Kiwis
  • 250g of Strawberrys

My Meringue Ready to go into the Oven

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven to 150
  2. Separate the egg whites into a large bowl
  3. Whisk until stiff (use the holding over head test)
  4. Add the sugar in stages through a sieve whilst continuing to stir, until all the sugar has been added and the mixture is still stiff
  5. Add the lemon juice and whisk again
  6. Pour the mixture onto a baking tray lined with baking paper
  7. Put into the oven and turn down to 130
  8. After 1 hour turn off the oven and leave the meringue to cool overnight
  9. When your meringue is cool remove from the baking paper and place into a large bowl
  10. Break the meringue up into smaller pieces, but make sure you are not just left with crumbs
  11. Set aside for now and prepare the whipped cream and slice up your fruit
  12. Then place half of the meringue into the bottom of a glass bowl and push down to create an even layer
  13. Then top with cream and fruit in separate layers
  14. Repeat again, but at this point place the fruit in a decorative manner so your dessert looks pretty
  15. Serve into individual bowls

The recipe says to leave the meringue in the oven over night, this is how I was taught to make it, this weekend however, I was out on Saturday evening so I made mine the morning before I needed it, I still gave it 3-4 hours to cool but my meringue was a little stickier than it should be, although I like it that way. Just make sure when you are making this dessert that you have set aside enough time for it to cool properly!

My Beautiful Presentation

You can use as much or as little fruit as you like, and really whichever fruits are your favourite, I think that strawberry’s taste great with the cream and meringue pieces and I added kiwi as I only tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and discovered that I like it and had been avoiding it for no apparent reason! I would love to hear your suggestions for toppings for this dessert.

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