Eton Mess

Be My Valentine?

So, I’m not entirely sold on the concept of Valentine’s Day. The origins seem strange, I usually conjure up images of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago, and I generally believe it is a Hallmark holiday.

On that note, whether you’re making food for one person or two, here’s a delightful English dessert:

Eton Mess

Eton Mess

1 c. sliced strawberries
1 c. raspberries
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar (25-year aged)
1/2 c. whipping cream
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 t. vanilla extract
lots of vanilla meringue cookies

Macerate 1/2 cup each of sliced strawberries and raspberries in about 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of aged balsamic vinegar for at least 30 minutes. (That just means mix the berries, sugar, and vinegar together; by the way you can omit the vinegar if you don’t have it or like it.) Meanwhile, whip about 1/2 cup of heavy cream with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Gently fold the berries into the whipped cream, plus an additional 1/2 cup each of sliced strawberries and raspberries.

In a glass, crush vanilla meringue cookies into the bottom, top with the berry and cream mixture, and then more crushed meringue cookies. I promise that you’ll love this easy and amazing dessert – particularly on Valentine’s Day.


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