17 August 2012

Summer Sweetmess!

"Like the summer sunshine pour your sweetness over me
(Pour your sweetness over me)
Sugar, pour a little sugar on it honey,
Pour a little sugar on it baby
I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah...." 

The Archies 1969


Summer Sweetness
 If like the Archies you are in the mood to pour a little summer sweetness over some one you love try this... Based on the classic Eaton Mess this is a version adapted for high summer with seasonal berries but many fruits can be used, for example at a party recently we served a baby version in shot glasses with pineapple and passion fruit to wrap up the evening. Needless to say they went down very well! Whichever fruit you prefer it is an easy dessert guaranteed to impress the nearest and dearest and make their life so sweet! We have to admit we use the much maligned shop bought meringues. Although on the dry and crisp side we think they are acceptable once well combined with the other soft ingredients. A word of caution though this desert cannot be made too far in advance as even the crispiest meringues will soften and loose that all important crunch factor!


Ingredients

4 to 5 Meringues (broken into medium sized pieces)
250 mls Cream whipped until it forms soft peaks
Selection of summer berries
eg Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries






Pineapple and passion fruit 
Method

Wash the fruit. Make a little simple syrup ( 1 part water to 2 parts sugar, boil until reduced to a syrupy consistency and allow to cool . Crush the raspberries and mix with the syrup to make a colourful compote. Keep some whole fruits back to use as a garnish. Gently fold the meringue, cream and fruit together. Pick suitable serving glasses such as tall cocktail glasses or sundae dishes. Spoon in the cream mix interspersed with some of the compote to create a marbled effect. Top with cream and fruit. Keep cool until ready to serve.



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