This was inspired by a dessert I had at Grace Park called Eton Mess. I thoroughly enjoyed their version, although I wish it had more berries. Eton Mess is an English dessert consisting of strawberries, cream, and meringue. So simple, yet oh so good!
One day I was cleaning out my cupboard and found some wild berry meringue treats my sister-in-law gave me when she went on a trip to Estonia. I also had some strawberries in my fridge and some leftover whipping cream. Leftovers are a great motivator for me. I can’t bear things going to waste, and so I try to think of ways to use them — this is how I usually get inspired to try out new recipes.
2-3 pieces of meringue
1/2 c whipping cream
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
Slice the strawberries and add some icing sugar to taste. Leave to macerate for 30 minutes.
Whip the cream, vanilla, and sugar to soft peaks. Crush the meringue with a rolling pin. Leave the pieces big enough to give your dessert some crunch. In a ramekin or a jar, pipe or spoon in the cream, add in some strawberry slices and its juices, then the meringue pieces, and repeat process until you fill up the ramekin. Chill and enjoy.
If you can’t find ready-made meringue, or no one in your family is going to Estonia, don’t despair. Meringue isn’t hard to make, you just need egg whites, sugar, and salt. Here’s a recipe from Nigella Lawson.