You have to love any dessert that has “mess” in its title. Doesn’t have to look perfect? That’s right up my alley! Take a bunch of components, throw them all together in a bowl, and serve it. LOVE this concept! Granted, if you take a little time to layer the components, the presentation will be so much nicer. But it will all just end up in a jumble before it reaches your belly anyway. No need to stress here.
Eton Mess is traditionally served at Eton College‘s annual cricket game against Harrow School in June (and if you understand anything in that link, please translate for me!). In its basic form, it is made up of layers of fruit, meringue pieces, and whipped cream. Strawberries are most common, but just about any fruit can be used. (If you browse Pinterest, you’ll see a lot of kiwi Eton Messes–reminds me a bit of the pavlova I had at the Australian Tourism luncheon!).
You can use store-bought meringue cookies, but it’s really not that hard to make your own. Keep in mind, however, that in hot, sticky, humid weather, it will take longer for the egg whites to whip up to stiff peaks AND the meringues will take longer to dry out. In my case, we’re talking hours longer. I fell asleep at 2 AM, giving up, and restarted when I woke up the next morning. Or a few hours later, because it really wasn’t the “next” anything at that point. At least having the oven on at 200 degrees Fahrenheit doesn’t seem to make a noticeable difference to the ambient temperature.
Wouldn’t these be so pretty at a picnic? Place the lids on for travel and you won’t have a mess in your car. Just make sure you assemble the same day you’ll be serving them–or your Mess could be an even bigger mess!
What kinds of meringue desserts have you made?
Next month for First on the First, Kate and I will be pickling. Cucumbers are a great start, but they’re not the only veggies (fruits!) you can pickle. Take your summer harvest and put it up for the winter! If you’d like to join us, check out the First on the First tab above for more details on how to participate.
And now… let’s see the messes everyone else made!
- Coconut Rhubarb Mess from Fried Ice and Donut Holes
- Eton Mess from Suitcases & Sweets
- Cherry Chocolate Eton Mess from Food Babbles
- Eton Mess from Omeletta