You know who’s a mess? Me. However, fruity though I may be, I did not go to Eton; there are several reasons for this, but most of them will probably be fairly obvious. That’s never stopped anyone from eating Eton Mess, however, and I am not one to be cowed by a bunch of lads in robes.
I mean, in reality, I am 100% one to be cowed by a bunch of lads – PERIOD. But I’m also terrified of year 7 children, the elderly, and most people I come into contact with, so let’s not read too much into that.
Eton Mess is traditionally a mix of soft whipped cream, sweet strawberries and crisp, crumbled meringue, all layered and gently combined to make something that’s perfect for a cricket match*. That’s a little heavy on the ol’ calories and fat for everyday use (although you should definitely ignore me and eat whatever you want) so I’ve made a lighter version that’s just as delicious — in my opinion, anyway.
I’ve renamed it for obvious reasons, but if you don’t like almonds (or have a nut allergy) you can absolutely sub the almond essence for whatever flavourings you fancy.
I use mini meringues that I snapped up at my Weight Watchers® but regular or mini meringues from any supermarket are obviously fine. I have made this for one, but I like a really big portion to make sure I’m filled up — you may want to adjust the quantities to suit your own stomach.
Strawberry & Passion fruit “Eton Mess” (Vegetarian, Gluten-free)
Serves 1 (1sp)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Small bowl; cutting equipment; serving bowl/dish & spoon.
- 150g strawberries
- 1 passion fruit
- 150g fat free natural/Greek yoghurt or fromage frais
- 1/3 pack WW mini meringues (or roughly 1 crumbled meringue nest)
- 1/2 tsp sweetener (or 1tsp sugar)
- 1/2 tsp almond extract (vanilla is also delicious)
Rinse and behead the strawberries (sounds so much better than “cut the tops off”), then cut them in half, quartering any larger ones to make them easier to eat. Put them in your bowl along with the sweetener and almond extract, and stir until combined. Set aside.
Put half the yoghurt into your serving bowl, then add half of the strawberries and meringues. Cut the passion fruit open and scoop out the insides, adding half to the yoghurt. Marble it a little with a spoon, then layer on the rest of the ingredients in the same way. Eat as a dessert, decadent breakfast, or snack.
(I layered mine up in a jar so I could have it for breakfast the next day BUT BE WARNED – the meringues will mostly have dissolved, so it will still be delicious but decidedly less meringue-y. Basically you will have parfait. And everybody loves parfait.)
*Fun fact: I went to my first cricket match recently! It was terrible, but I did have a couple of pints of cider and ordered pizza afterwards, so it wasn’t a totally lost cause.