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eton mess recipeI know that this is not necessarily a Passover dessert, but it is perfect for your Seder table.  Eton Mess is a traditional British dessert made up of meringue, strawberries, and cream.  I was actually making this with the Royal Wedding in mind, but then it struck me that this dessert is Passover perfection.  The Passover meal is one of my favorite meals all year, but the dessert usually lacks.  Without the use of leavening, dessert can really take a back burner.  Last year, I made a delicious matzo toffee, but this year I making Eton Mess.

It is very simple to put together.  I made my own meringues, but of course, you can buy them.  You can make your meringues up to a week ahead of time if you keep them in an airtight container.  I used some frozen raspberries to make a syrup, and whipped some cream.  Some beautiful fresh berries and you have a light and airy spring dessert.  Most of the pieces of this dessert can be made ahead of time and assembled right before you are going to serve it.

This recipe is more about a technique than a recipe.  It really depends on how many people you need to serve.  I think of it more in terms of layers.  I originally started making this dessert in mason jars, thinking that it would be adorable for a picnic (and it would) but I did not like how they photographed.  I made some in a bowl as well, and you can make them as small or as large as you would like.

meringue recipeFor the meringue (adapted from Simply Recipes):

3 egg whites at room temperature
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar

how to make meringuePreheat your oven to 300 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Put the egg whites and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Start off slowly and beat the egg whites until they form bubbles all around the same size, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Gradually increase the speed of the mixture and very slowly add the sugar.  Add the vinegar.  Beat for another 4 to 5 minutes.  The egg whites will be very glossy and will hold their peaks when you lift them from the bowl with the whisk.

meringue recipePut the meringue into a piping bag, I like the star tip, but you could also use a large round tip.  Or no piping bag at all, you could just drop them with spoons.

meringue recipeHere is where it gets a little weird.  Put the sheets into the oven, close the door, and turn the oven off.  Yup, that is right, turn off the oven.  Let the cookies stay in the oven overnight.  They will harden and dry out.  I promise, it really works.  If you are not going to use these right away, put them in an airtight container for up to a week.

eton mess recipeTo assemble the Eton Mess:

meringue cookies
fresh berries (I used strawberries and blueberries)
raspberry sauce
freshly whipped cream

eton mess recipeStart with a few meringues and break them apart.  Put them in the bottom of the bowl that you are making these in.  Layer some berries.

eton mess recipeAdd a layer of whipped cream and raspberry sauce.  A quick note about the raspberry sauce: I just took a bag of frozen raspberries and put them in a saucepan with a few Tablespoons of sugar and a squirt of lemon juice.  I brought it to a bubble, and then strained it with a sieve.  You could also puree the whole sauce, but I did not.  It really doesn’t matter at all.

eton mess recipeKeep layering until you run out of the components.

eton mess recipeSo whether you are making this as a Passover dessert or to watch William and Kate tie the knot (which I cannot wait to watch!), it is a delicious way to start or end a day.

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21 Responses to Eton Mess

  1. This looks so pretty and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  2. that looks perfect!! But these blondies don’t taste like passover at all! I highly recommend them hehe :) I have some baking in the oven right now for our sedar tomorrow!

    Recipe: Passover Blondies (parve)
    4 eggs
    1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    3 teaspoons vanilla extract (1 tbsp)
    3 teaspoons baking powder (1 tbsp)
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup potato starch
    1 cup finely ground walnuts
    6 Oz. Semi-Sweet chocolate chips

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, baking powder, sugar, oil, potato starch and nuts with an electric mixer until well mixed. Spread batter intp a greased pan (recipe says 8×8 but I used a 9-inch spring form and a 9×9) Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Poke holes in the batter and bake for 50-60 minutes.

  3. I’m from the UK and am a huge fan of Eton Mess. Yours looks delicious! I made some for the first time last year – it was one of the first things I posted on my blog. You’ve made me want to make it again. I want to eat it now!!

  4. jess white says:

    i love eton mess and your meringues cooked perfectly, i wish mine did the same thing tonight!
    what i like to do with my eton mess is to whizz up strawberries and raspberries with about a tbsp of icing sugar and use that as my sauce!

  5. Dee D says:

    That sounds amazing, and looks so delicious :)

  6. Meringue cookies are so good and are low fat as an added benefit! This looks delicious.

  7. K&B says:

    Looks like a perfect dessert for spring !

  8. Alejandra says:

    Oooh these look so lovely! I’ve always loved the name “eton mess.” What a perfect name for a dessert!

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  10. Alina says:

    Wow! I’ve never heard of this dessert before! And your method of baking meringue is so interesting! I should try it next time. I’ve tried to make meringue a few times but they never turned out flawless… maybe this method helps! The dessert looks fabulous – so airy, summery, vibrant!

    • bakedbree says:

      It is a good method if you have time and plan ahead. I love this dessert too. Everything together just works!

  11. Cristi says:

    This recipe looks amazing, I will try it out today, but what if I don´t have enough time to let them overnight? Is there another option, thank you so much.

    By the way, I LOVE your blog

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