Yummy, scrummy, and oh-so-delicious, this 5 Minute Eton Mess Dessert literally melts in your mouth – just like pavlova! This quick version features crumbly meringue, sweet whipped cream, fresh fruit and Table of Plenty’s Nourish & Go all wrapped up in one ridiculously easy dessert recipe.
Do you often find yourself craving something a sweet little bite after dinner, but don’t feel like going to the hassle of making or baking something?
Well, today’s little Eton Mess Dessert recipe is the answer!
Today we’re sharing a few little tips and tricks to make your very own quick and easy Eton Mess at home.
But remember guys, with great power comes great responsibility. 😉
(Good luck resisting this one when that next sugar craving hits!)
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Not sure about you, but I’m a total pavlova addict.
There is something about that combination of crumbly meringue, sweet tangy fruit and whipped cream that I just can’t get enough of.
So when Sarah’s Wanderfamily first introduced me to Eton Mess (which looked, to my eyes, like a mini pavlova on steroids) my reaction was pretty much like:
It’s up to you which legend you believe regarding the origins of this recipe…
- Was it traditionally served at the Eton versus Winchester cricket match which first took place in 1796?
- Was it popularised by the Eton Tuck Shop (colloquially known as the Sock Shop) as a sweet treat made of strawberries or bananas with cream or ice cream?
- Or was it the accidental inspiration of an overly excited labrador that sat on someone’s picnic and squashed a strawberry pavlova?
Personally? I really hope it was that last one! 😛
How to Make Eton Mess Dessert (aka 5 Minute Pavlova!)
Ready to whip up little batch of Eton Mess? Here’s what you’ll need:
You can easily buy pre-made meringues in all kinds of shapes and sizes – OR – you can make them yourself. (This is still really easy to do, especially if you have a Kitchenaid, but it does mean it’ll take longer than 5 minutes since you’ll have to bake the meringue).
Today we’ve used pre-made meringue nests because we love how they hold up all the whipped cream and fruit toppings.
You could also crush up the meringues if you prefer and mix everything all together for a super artistic look, especially when served in clear glasses.
In the end, it’s totally up to you!
But not the canned variety. It always tastes better when you make it yourself. 😉 We’ve popped our preferred whipped cream method into the recipe below.
Not gonna lie, when Sarah first whipped up this cream, my first thought was ‘Oooh this tastes like ice cream.’
There’s a scattering of sugar, a dash of vanilla essence and a sneaky little secret ingredient for extra flavour…
It’s a handy little blend of berries, coconut milk, oats, flax and quinoa that’s vegan and fructose friendly.
I’m sure it’s meant to be taken with you to work or out and about as a quick and easy snack on the go… But we couldn’t resist adding a little extra flavour to our Eton Mess whipped cream!
(Sometimes, when edible inspiration strikes, you just gotta do what you gotta do, right?) 😀
Now, if you can’t get your hands on any Nourish & Go, you can also drizzle your Eton Mess with your favourite fruit puree, coulis… heck even jam could make for an interesting experiment.
And Last But Not Least – Fresh Fruit!
For the most classic experience be sure to add fresh strawberries to the top of your Eton Mess dessert, but we see no reason why you can’t get your creative foodie hat on and experiment with other fresh fruits such as banana as well.
A sprig or two of mint wouldn’t go astray either. 😉
Eton Mess Dessert - 5 Minute Pavlova Recipe
- 4 meringue nests or enough crumbled meringue to suit your guests!
For the Whipped Cream
- 300 ml cream chilled
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 tbsp Table of Plenty Nourish & Go or sub with your favourite fruit puree or coulis
For the toppings:
- 1 handful fresh strawberries sliced or diced
- 1-2 kiwi fruit peeled, halved and sliced
- 1 handful fresh mint
- 1 tsp icing sugar or beetroot powder to garnish
Let's start with the whipped cream! Pour your cream into a medium to large mixing bowl (or the bowl of your Kitchenaid) and add the caster sugar and vanilla essence. Mix on medium to high for 2-3 mins until the cream becomes light and fluffy.
Next, gently stir through the Nourish & Go or your favourite fruit puree/coulis with a wooden spoon til blended.
Place your meringues on serving plates or bowls and dollop with the blended whipped cream. Top with freshly sliced fruit and mint.
For an extra fancy looking Eton Mess dessert, garnish each dessert with more crumbled meringue and a sprinkle of icing sugar or beetroot powder.
NotesWe used beetroot powder as a garnish on our Eton Mess to give it an extra hit of colour. It's just like a natural food colouring, but the best part is it doesn't change the flavour of the dish!