It’s sweet, it has a lovely bit of crunch and a good bit of cream …
Eton Mess Parfait
It’s basically a Pavlova but messy!
If you enjoy Pavlova, then this is going to be right up your alley. The best part of this dessert is that it’s so simple and quick to make. Not too much fuss required because you use store bought Meringues. The hardest part is making it fast enough to enjoy.
The story of Eton Mess is that it is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual Cricket game against Harrow School in England. Oh how posh indeed!
If you’re into more exciting “how it came to be” stories, then the story goes that a meringue dessert was accidentally crushed by a dog on the way to a picnic, and what was salvageable was served as strawberries and cream. Not real exciting I know, and I’m not sure I would want to have eaten a dessert crushed by a dog, accident or not, I’m just glad I wasn’t there as a partaker at the time.
However this dessert came to be, I’m happy. It has some serious qualities going on and loved by my family.
Did I mention the cream?!?!?
You could make this a DIY buffet dessert as well and lay out bowls of assorted fruits, a massive bowl over ice filled to the brim with cream and don’t forget the crushed meringues! You can also assemble on a large platter with a few spoons ready to serve it up.
It makes great warm weather dessert and perfect for any get together.
- Handful of store bought Meringues per person, crush leaving some in larger pieces
- Strawberries, hulled and sliced (about 4 - 5 per person - 1 punnet should serve 4)
- Blueberries, a small handful per person (1 punnet is enough for 4 people)
- Prepared Sweetened Whipped Cream (or Cool Whip)
- In a parfait glass, start by layering with the crushed Meringues followed by Cream and then a mixture of Fruit. Squeezing a couple of Strawberries over the cream to make a little syrup as you go. Continue layering finishing with Cream and crushed Meringues.
If you want to make your own whipped cream, simply get out the mixer, a cold bowl pour in 1 cup of whipping cream and start mixing until soft peaks start to form, to sweeten it, slowly add in 2 oz of sugar and continue to mix until stiff peaks form. Do not over mix or you will end up with sweet butter. Makes enough cream for 4 individual parfaits.You can make this with any fruit you like, try using what's in season for the best flavor. For autumn or winter, you could even try canned pears sprinkled with nuts and drizzled with cream.
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.