Peach Strawberry Eton mess is a summery dessert made with peaches, berries, meringue cookies and whipped cream.
Disclaimer: This post and recipe was created as part of #SummerDessertWeek. I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies, but opinions are 100% my own.
Depending on who you ask, Peach Strawberry Eton Mess either sounds really fancy, or really messy. Fortunately neither are true! Instead, Eton Mess is actually really easy to make and not all that fancy at all.
I absolutely love these adorable, individual little desserts! They just scream "summertime" to me. Fresh peaches and strawberries are mixed with homemade whipped cream and a sugary meringue cookie? What could be better? I chose to make the dessert from scratch, with homemade meringues and whipped cream, but feel free to use the store-bought alternatives.
What is Peach Strawberry Eton Mess?
Eton Mess is a traditional English dessert made in the summertime, featuring strawberries, egg-white meringue cookies and fresh whipped cream. The name "Eton" comes from it being served at Eton College for the annual cricket match. In this version, I add fresh peaches to the dessert but it otherwise remains the same.
🥘 Ingredients for this recipe
- meringue cookies, homemade or store-bought, crushed
- heavy whipping cream, homemade or store-bought
🔪Instructions for this recipe
- First, by preparing the fruit. Peel the peach, remove the pit and dice into small pieces. Place in a dish, sprinkle with a tiny bit of sugar, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Next, hull and dice strawberries, toss with sugar, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Then assemble the Eton Mess. Start by layering peaches, strawberries and some of their juices in the bottom of a serving jar or glass. Then, add crushed up meringue cookies, followed by a dollop of whipped cream. Repeat the process until the jar or glass is full and top with a whole meringue cookie.
How to make meringue cookies
For a detailed version, view my meringue recipe. Beat the whites of 2 room temperature eggs in a stand mixer on medium for 2 minutes. Add ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar and a pinch of salt and beat another 2 minutes until they're foamy. Then add in ½ cup caster sugar*, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until shiny, stiff peaks form (about 7 minutes).
Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe 24 meringues onto parchment paper. Bake in a preheat 225 degrees oven for 45 minutes. When done, don't open the oven door and let cool in the oven for 90 minutes.
*Caster sugar: caster sugar is finely ground granulated sugar. If you can't find it in stores, simply pulse granulated sugar in a food processor for 10-15 seconds.
How to make fresh whipped cream
Add 16 oz. of heavy whipping cream to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, then add in ½ cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture thickens, resembling whipped cream.
FAQ's and Substitutions
- What's the difference between Eton Mess and Pavlova? The ingredients that make up the meringue. Meringue cookies are made with sugar and egg whites and crushed up in an Eton Mess. A Pavlova has egg whites, sugar, cornstarch and vinegar. Pavlova is typically served in the shape of a cake, for a crowd, while Eton Mess is an individual dessert.
- Can Eton Mess be prepared in advance? The individual components can be (meringue cookies, fresh whipped cream, macerated berries) but the dish should be assembled right before serving.
- Can you buy the ingredients for an Eton Mess? Yes, you absolutely do not need to make the meringue cookies or whipped cream from scratch like I did in this recipe. You can find egg white meringue cookies in most bakery sections of the grocery store and either canned whipped cream or frozen cool whip (slightly thawed) will work in this recipe.
- Substitutions: use only strawberries, a combination of berries, other stone fruits like apricots or plums, or go tropical with fruits like kiwi and pineapple.
Peach Strawberry Eton Mess
- 2 large peaches ripe
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar divided
- 24 meringue cookies
- 1 ½ cups whipped cream
If Making Meringue from Scratch:
- 2 large egg whites at room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup caster sugar
If Making Homemade Whipped Cream
- 16 oz heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Peel the peaches and remove the pit. Dice into small pieces and place in a bowl. Sprinkle half of the sugar on top, cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
- Hull and dice strawberries. Place into another bowl, add the remaining sugar, cover and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.
- Divide peaches, strawberries and their juices into 4 8 oz. glasses or serving jars.
- Crush up all but 4 of the meringue cookies. Layer some of the cookies into each dish/jar. Follow with a dollop of whipped cream and repeat the process starting with the fruit. Top each of the jar/dishes with a whole meringue cookie.
To Make Meringue Cookies from Scratch:
- Beat egg whites in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the cream of tartar and salt and beat for 2 more minutes, until foamy. Add in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until fully combined and the mixture is glossy with stiff peaks (about 7 minutes).
- Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe 24 meringues onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake in a preheated 225 degree oven for 45 minutes. Then turn off oven, do not open the door, and let cool for 90 minutes.
If Making Homemade Whipped Cream
- Add heavy whipping cream to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the sugar and vanilla and increase the speed to high, beating for 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens and resembled whipped cream.
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