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A hot mess

Posted Jul 06 2012 12:05am
Is there a better way to enjoy a summer dessert that doesn't involve strawberries? It's so quintessentially summer and I'm a big fan of its use in almost any dish. Growing up in New Zealand I vaguely remember hearing about an Eton Mess . It's a dessert that's easily thrown together with crushed meringues, strawberries, and cream. This might literally be the easiest and most delicious dessert I've ever made. I don't even know if I can say "made" because all I really did was assemble.

For the die-hard baking-from-scratch people out there, you can go ahead and make your own meringues. But in a pinch, store-bought meringue cookies work almost miraculously. The longest part of this recipe was whipping the cream. This recipe is best chilled. You can either chill the whole dessert or let the strawberries macerate for at least 30 minutes. I did this in 10 minutes, and I'll be honest: it will be even more delicious when strawberries sit in the sugar longer. There are so many variations of this and each one is equally scrumptious.

Easy Eton Mess

Total time: 10 minutes

2 cups strawberries, washed and hulled
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1 1/4 cup crushed meringue cookies

Dice the strawberries and place in a small bowl with the granulated sugar. Stir and let sit. Set aside. In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream with the confectioner's sugar until thick, about 4 minutes. To assemble, you can either combine your own ratio of strawberries, cream, and meringue in a glass or jar, or assemble in layers. I placed a layer of cookies then cream, then strawberries, until I reached the top. Enjoy!

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