Eton mess has to be, one of the easiest pudding in the world to make.
About two years ago, I discovered that you can buy frozen soft fruit, in most of the major supermarkets. They come in 350g boxes, so any left over from a recipe, I just pop the back into the freezer for another time. You can get different types of frozen soft fruit, I add blueberries to my apple crumble and raspberries or mixed berries are brilliant for Eton Mess. They are available all year round and it works out cheaper than buying fresh berries.
I must confess, to make my Eton Mess I cheat and use shop bought meringues nests.
I make my Eton Mess one of two ways, the first is the healthy way with vanilla yoghurt or the not quite so healthy way, is with whipped cream.
200-250g / 7-9 oz soft fruit raspberries/ strawberries or mixed berries
250g / 9 oz vanilla yoghurt (I use Rachel’s Organic) or 200ml / 7 oz whipped cream
8 ready-made meringues nests
1 tsp vanilla essence (only needed if you’re using the cream option)
1. Allow the berries to defrost in a bowl for an hour or two before you want to use them.
2. If you’re using the whipped cream, whisk it in an electic mixer using a balloon whisk, until it starts to stiffen, it needs to be a fairly firm constancy. Fold in the vanilla essence.
3. Layout 4 serving bowls, allowing two nest per bowl, break the meringue nests into small pieces into each bowl. Spoon the fruit evenly across the four bowls.
4. Spoon either the yoghurt or the cream evenly between the bowls and then gently mix the meringue, berries and cream or yoghurt together. You don’t have to be to neat about this hence the name.
Serve and enjoy