Cream, strawberries, and meringue. What more could you ask for in the perfect dessert? In this recipe, I will explain how to make all those things taste even better together in the ULTIMATE ETON MESS!!!
For The Meringues
- 4 large eggs
- 8oz of caster sugar
- a pinch of salt
- food colouring
1.Preheat the oven to 180ºc and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
2.Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and place the egg whites in the mixing bowl along with a pinch of salt. Using a handheld whisk or an electric mixer whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
3.Then slowly add in about a quarter of the of the sugar and whisk it in well until all of the sugar has dissolved. Gradually whisk in the rest of the sugar. Continue to whisk the mixture until it becomes shiny and stiff.
4. Next, you will need a piping bag to pipe the meringue onto the trays. To add a bit of colour to your meringue use a paintbrush to paint two lines on the inside of your piping bag with the food colouring of your choice.( I have chosen red food colouring to match the strawberries I’m adding in later).Once your piping bag is ready, add in your meringue mixture and pipe small swirls onto your trays.
5. The meringue doesn’t have to be spaced out very much on the tray as it doesn’t really expand.Once you have finished piping put your trays in the oven for 20 minutes. Then turn the oven off and leave the meringue in for a few hours or overnight. This will make the crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside!
The Ultimate Eton Mess
Now that the hard part is over its time to move on to the fun part, ULTIMATE ETON MESS!
Firstly you will need :
- your meringues
- fresh cream (roughly 200ml)
Then you can get creative.All of the other ingredients are up to you!
I have chosen:
To start, take a few of your meringues and crush them up into smaller pieces.
Then take a sundae or dessert glass and in the base place some of your crushed meringue.Whip your fresh cream and place a generous dessert spoon on top of the meringue.
Next, I have crushed up some Maltesers and sprinkled them on top of the cream along with some sliced strawberries.(This dessert is really about being creative and deciding what would like more or less of in the glass) After the strawberries, I add more cream and meringue. To finish it off I add the rest of the crushed maltesers, meringue, cream and the I garnish with a cherry, some mint leaves and a dusting of icing sugar.
Finally, the most important step of the whole dessert, sit down eat and enjoy your Ultimate Eton Mess!