Week 9 : Berry
Recipe : Eton Mess
Cook Book : Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson
My choice for this week's berry challenge was Eton Mess... or rather, Hubby's choice. It was his birthday weekend and we had his family over for dinner. Instead of baking a birthday cake, he asked for this.
Eton Mess is an English dessert simply made with meringue, cream and strawberries. Taditionally it's only made with strawberries however, being the height of summer and the markets are aboundant with all types of berries, I used a mixture. This is so simple to make and can be made in minutes.
2 tsp caster or vanilla sugar
2 tsp pomegranate juice
500ml whipping cream
4 small meringue nests
Hull and chop the strawberries and put into a bowl. Add the sugar and pomegranate juice and leave to macerate while you whip the cream.
Whip the cream in a large bowl until thick but still soft.
Roughly crumble in 4 meringue nests - you will chunks for texture, as well as a little fine dust.
Take out a ladleful of the chopped strawberries and fold the meringued cream and rest of the fruit mixture together.
Arrange on four serving plates or glasses and top each with some of the remaining strawberries.