It can be tricky thinking about desserts to enjoy after a big old barbecue/cook out, as we have started making a bit of a tradition for Memorial Day (as I am sure many others do too). A cake might seem easiest as you can make it in advance, but I always find it a bit too heavy after the inevitable pile of food we’ve just eaten from the grill. Fruit is lighter and fits the season, but can seem a little, well, just like a bowl of fruit. That’s where Eton Mess comes in as the perfect, easy dessert for this time of year that’s both delicious and relatively light. True, ‘mess’ is a little appropriate in that it’s not likely to win a dessert beauty contest, but you can smarten it a little with nice glasses to serve and keeping some fruit for the top. And once everyone digs in, the appearance will be the last thing on their minds.
The theme of this week’s Sunday Supper is red, white and blue since it’s Memorial Day weekend. Of course, by these colors the intention is to represent the American flag, but there are also a number of other countries that share the same three colors, one being my homeland of the UK, and so I thought I’d mix things up by bringing a version of a very British (well English – I hadn’t even heard of it in Scotland when I was growing up) dessert to the table.
The story goes that Eton mess came about by a meringue dessert being accidentally crushed at Eton College, one of the oldest and most elite private schools in England, and what was created was then served. Whether true or not, it is apparently served annually at the school’s cricket match against Harrow school and has been for over a century. Cream, fruit and crunchy meringue are a fantastic mix of textures and flavors that work so well together, although it almost feels a stretch to call it a recipe, it’s so easy. But either way, it’s worth more people knowing about it to be able to enjoy.
Eton mess is typically made just with strawberries, but given I’m adding this to a US holiday table, it seemed only right to add blueberries. Plus, they are tasty and give us red, white and blue. Ta da! I’ve been fairly heavy on the fruit and less so on the cream in this version, but if you’d like a bit more cream then feel free to adjust the amounts. This is an incredibly easy and delicious dessert, that is perfect to enjoy at this time of year, and I can see us having it a few more times over the summer.
- 8oz/225g strawberries
- 3 oz/85g blueberries
- 1-2oz/25-40g meringues (homemade or store bought)
- 1 cup/120ml heavy/double cream
- Husk and roughly chop the strawberries into small bite-sized pieces and mix with the blueberries.
- Break the meringues into similar sized pieces.
- When ready to serve, whisk the cream until soft peaks then mix in the strawberries, blueberries and meringues, holding back a few pieces of strawberry and blueberries for the top.
- Transfer to serving glasses/dishes and top with the reserved strawberries and blueberries,
See what other red, white and blue offerings have been brought to the Sunday Supper table:
Food Using One Color
- Baby Back Ribs with Roasted Strawberry Barbecue Sauce by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Baked Tomato Breakfast Cups by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Red Velvet Milk Shake by Nosh My Way
- Strawberry Meringue Tartlets by What Smells So Good?
- Strawberry Oat Crumble by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Alabama BBQ Sauce by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Blueberry Breakfast Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Blue Velvet Cupcakes by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Food Using Two Colors
Red and White Food
- Pickled Shrimp with Pico de Gallo by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Sausage Rougail (Rougail Saucisse) by The Petit Gourmet
Blue and White Food
- Blueberry Feta Cucumber Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Blueberry Pierogi by Curious Cuisiniere
Red, White and Blue Food
- Berry Berry Celebrations by Momma’s Meals
- Berry Filled Firecracker Cupcakes by The Crumby Cupcake
- Berry Patriotic Chia Seed Pudding by Tasting Page
- Easy Chocolate Covered Marshmallows by Palatable Pastime
- Eton Mess by Caroline’s Cooking
- Greek Yogurt Parfait Bar by Family Foodie
- Grilled Shrimp, Tomato and Bleu Cheese Flatbread by Our Good Life
- Individual Loaded Red, White, and Blue Salads by The Weekend Gourmet
- Patriotic Cocktail by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Patriotic Panna Cotta by The Freshman Cook
- Red White And Blue Coleslaw by Nik Snacks
- Red, White, and Blue Parfaits by Life Tastes Good
- Red, White and Blue Cherry Pie by Savory Experiments
- Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Red, White and Blue Sangria by Food Lust People Love
- Red White and Blue Sundae by Desserts Required
- St. Honore Cake by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Strawberry, Blueberry & Raspberry Cheesecake Crumble by Food Done Light
- Tomato Blue Cheese Crostini by Magnolia Days
- Triple Berry Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Vanilla Pound Cake with Fresh Berries by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Watermelon, Feta & Beet Appetizer by Take A Bite Out of Boca
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