This Strawberry Eton Mess is made with homemade meringues, whipped cream, and lots of strawberries. It is quite easy to make and really impressive. Just let the meringues sit a little bit to get the right texture.
2 large egg whites (at room temperature)
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 c. caster sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 c. heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
For the strawberries:
1 pound fresh strawberries (hulled and quartered)
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 167 degrees Fahrenheit and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy.
- Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar while increasing the speed.
- Continue to whisk the eggs until they form a stiff, glossy peak. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk until just combined.
- Pipe the meringues onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for about 2 hours. The meringues should easily peel off the parchment paper.
- Turn off the oven but let the meringues cool off inside the oven with the door slightly open for about 2 hours or even overnight.
- Place the heavy cream and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Add the vanilla. Whip until combined.
- Place the strawberries and lemon juice in a bowl. Let sit at room temperature for about half an hour.
- Place half of the strawberry in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Keep the remaining for decoration.
- Crumble the meringues and fold them into the whipped cream. Be sure to reserve a few for decoration.
- Start layering Eton Mess using 4 decorative glasses in this manner: a few spoonfuls of strawberry sauce and then cream mixture. Repeat the layering as long as there is still room.
- Decorate using sliced strawberries, a sprig of mint, and a few meringues.
- Do not refrigerate the meringues. You can store them in an airtight container for several days.