By all accounts, the Royal Baby is on its way! (UPDATE: it’s a boy!) And what better way to celebrate the new bundle’s arrival than with a traditionally British summer dessert featuring strawberries and cream!? Eton Mess gets its name from the famed UK all-boys boarding school, Eton College (attended by soon-to-be new daddy, the future King of England, and my middle-school crush, William). It’s quite easy to put together, sweet, fruity, light, and most of all – delicious! So why not whip up a batch, sit back, and relax while the Royal Baby media frenzy unfolds!?
– 1 carton of fresh strawberries (approx 1 lb)
– 1 cup heavy whipping cream
– 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
– separate out 1/2 the strawberries, remove stems and either run them quickly through your food processor, or mash them up with a potato masher (I used a cocktail muddler, same diff) and set aside.
– take the other half of the strawberries and cut them in small, bite-sized piece. Add them to the bowl with the mashed up strawberries and set aside.
– combine heavy whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer (or regular large mixing bowl if you don’t have a mixer) and place the mixture in the fridge along with a metal whisk (or your mixer’s whisk attachment) for at least 30 mins to cool.
– remove whipping cream mixture from fridge and beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks are formed. If you are going manual on this, you’re going to need some mega muscles and a bit of time (maybe keep a friend on speed-dial to tap you out if need be).
– the whipped cream mixture can be made up to a few hours in advance. Keep it cool in the fridge if you’re not serving it right away.
– when ready to serve, take out 4 of your prettiest dessert bowls.
– place a spoonful of whipped cream mixture in the bottom of the dish, then follow-up with a crumbled layer of meringue cookie, and a layer of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers until the dish is full.
– feel free to mix up the layers however you like, after all it is intended to look like a bit of a mess!