Wednesday, July 25, 2007

João's favorite dessert: Merengue (Eton mess)

Merengue (Eton mess)

João is not into sweets (how lucky is he?) but merengue is his favorite - he loves it and always asks for seconds, sometimes even thirds. :D

I know that for my foreign readers "merengue" would be something else - only one of the ingredients of this dessert, actually. I also believe that "Eton mess" is similar, if not equal, to this dessert.

There's not an actual recipe here, you just need place the following ingredients in layers:

- meringues;
- fresh strawberries;
- whipped cream (with sugar):

Merengue (Eton mess)

Refrigerate for a while and serve. Simple as that. :D

Merengue (Eton mess)

51 comments:

Nora B. said...

That sounds like a nice & quick dessert. I wonder if João will like pavlova since it has similar ingredients but served in a different way.

Lydia said...

This looks lovely and light! My husband is a big fan of strawberry shortcake, mostly for the berries and cream -- I think he would love this.

Wendy said...

Funny. I don't have a sweettooth either but I absolutely adore meringue! Eton mess, pavlova, baked alaska - love them all.
It's 10.30pm. I should not go and make this. Then again...

Deborah said...

I sometimes wish I didn't have a sweettooth - then I wouldn't have to worry so much about what I eat!

Susan said...

These meringues are very popular in the Latin bakeries here. They make a nice low-fat sweet...IF you can keep from reaching for the cream. ; )

Anh said...

Lovely and easy! This is the dessert to make for summer. :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That looks perfect to me with my low tolerance for sugar! And why couldn't you do it with other fruits like blueberries or cherries . . .
Patricia I'd have seconds with João.

Oh for the love of food! said...

Patricia! What a coincidence, I am going to make a Strawberry Pavlova today! Your dessert should be called Eton 'dream' or 'cloud', why 'mess' for something so beautiful??

lynn said...

Oh, that looks like heaven in a bowl! I would definitely ask for seconds, I mean thirds, of this. Or could I just eat it for dinner, please?

Cris said...

Simple and delicious Patricia!

Eva said...

Sometimes, simple things still are the best! Would like to have a spoonful or two...

veron said...

simplest way to enjoy the strawberries. Delicious!

lululu said...

Making meringue is one of my worst, esp after baking it.
Yours' just seems so simple, delicious and beautiful!!!

Meeta said...

I have been dying to try this out. There is a fab recipe in Jamie Oliver's new book that I have to try. I love Eton Mess - but have not had the pleasure of making it myself yet! Nice one!

thecoffeesnob said...

I love meringue too. Yours looks delcious. Can't think of a better way to use up all that extra egg whites! :)

sher said...

Wow! That could become my favorite dessert too! It looks perfect--so pretty and light, but creamy and rich. YUM!

Andreea said...

oh that is goegrous!!!

Barbara said...

I love this dessert Patricia.

Karin said...

This is mouth watering!

Now I remember my mother making something we used to call "Hov-dessert" (Hov = Royal court).

It was a Sunday dessert, which consisted of meringues, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Sometimes she added vanilla ice cream and bananas too.

Afterwards ... food coma ...

Janet said...

That does look super good. I am pretty sure it would be popular at my house too!

Mallow said...

I haven't tried making meringues yet, but I know I love eating them - that looks beautiful!

Rose said...

It's the opposite with my hubby, he has a sweet tooth except when it comes to meringue. He likes only on key lime pie. But I do, I do especially this one.

Everything4sweets said...

Hi,Patricia thanks for drop by my blog, your dessert look so good and yummy :)

HungryKat said...

Wow, that looks so light and easy to make. I wish that I didn't have a sweet tooth too.

Amy said...

This is so elegant yet simple! What a great dessert, it's no wonder Joao loves it so much. :)

Hilda said...

my bf went to Harrow (you're right about Eton mess being the same thing) where they ate something similar but since Eton is their arch-rival they call it something else. =)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nora, you're right. Very quick to put together, especially if you use store-bought meringues (I did).
I tried making a pavlova months ago but my oven wasn't OK so it was a huge failure. I should try it again!

Lydia, tks!! I'd love to hear your/his opinion about it. :)

Wendy, I have never had baked alaska but I've seen it many times - now YOU got me craving it. ;-)
Too bad it's only 3:30pm and I still have to work for 2 more hours. :)

Deb, I wish that too, sweetie - it would be so much easier losing the extra pounds! :D

Susan, the cream is irresistible. ;)

Anh, you've sait it all! :)

Tanna, I think raspberries would be wonderful because of their tart flavor!
You are more than welcome, help yourself. ;)

Carol, you are so sweet! I love the new ideas for the name! "Cloud" is one of my favorites words in the whole dictionary. "Umbrella" is another one. ;)

Lynn, you can do whatever you like, my dear! :)

Cris, thank you!

Eva, next time I'll tell João not to eat the whole thing by himself, ok? :)

Veron, strawberries are wonderful!

Lu, I used store-bought meringues, I needed to make things fast! :)

Meeta, you definitely should! I know you'll make wonderful photos of it!

Hey, sweetie, agree!

Sher, you've described it perfectly, I rest my case. :)

Andreea, tks for stopping by!

Barbara, it's good, isn't it?

Karin, the chocolate sauce sounds wonderful! Totally worth going into a food coma for. :)

Janet, the kids would love it, I think.

Mallow, thank you! I have never baked them myself either.

Rose, lime pie topped with meringue is my sister's favorite dessert. :)

Hi, Everything..., tks for visiting, too! :)

HungryKat, we suffer with that, don't we? :)

Amy, thank you! It's a great "emergency dessert", when people show up at your home without being expected.

Hilda, that's curious! Tks for sharing that info, I didn't know that! :)

Lisa said...

What a wonderful thing to do with strawberries!

Margaret said...

Yummy Eton Mess - how wonderful it looks.

Kristen said...

Well...you know how much I adore strawberries! This looks fantastic! How can someone not like sweets? I wish I had that problem!

KJ said...

Yum, love meringue. Eton mess is one of my favourite desserts. Your's looks delicious. It just doesn't get much better.

T.W. Barritt said...

That looks like summertime at its peak of flavor! Beautiful!

Figs Olives Wine said...

Oh man, that looks so good. Pavlova's one of my favorites, so this really appeals and looks like so much fun to make and eat. Just gorgeous.

Pille said...

I love Eton Mess during summer!! So do my nephews, so I'm always making it when they're visiting :)

Susan said...

What a luscious, light, and creamy treat this is, Patricia! Joao is one lucky guy!

Kelly-Jane said...

It looks delicious! I have always meant to try an Eton Mess, but at the crucial time I can never remember! I must though, yum!

Pam said...

Oh my gosh, that looks so good!

WokandSpoon said...

That looks lovely and light! Perfect for summer!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This looks like a cloud of delicious-ness! So beautiful and light!

Julie said...

Hi Patricia, Your blog is absolutely fabulous! I could definitely eat seconds and thirds of this dessert. :)

ovenhaven said...

That looks great, sweetie! It seems like a quick and easy recipe that would liven up any gathering. I've got to give this a try.

myriam said...

can i trade this in for one of my pasta dishes? - i love anything meringue. anytime!

TheCooker said...

Not fond of sweets? He is lucky.
The 'mess' looks appetising.

Truffle said...

I've never eaten this but always thought it sounds lovely. It looks delightful and I'll happily take the whole bowlful :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Lisa, thank you! Strawberries are at their peak here in Brazil and it's a shame not to enjoy them!

Margaret, thank you!!

Kristen, I know! You are a strawberry fan, I can tell. And make delicious recipes with them!
I wish that too, my dear friend!

KJ, thank you! I'm gonna tell João what a big hit this post is! :)

T.W., the temperature here today is 7ºC and I would like to have this dessert anyway. :)

Amanda, next time I'm gonna try making a pavlova, you bet! :D

Pille, tks for stopping by! You are such a sweet aunt, lucky kids! :)

Susan, tks, sweetie! Gonna tell him that. ;)

Kelly-Jane, you definitely should! :)

Pam, thank you!

Wok and Spoon, indeed!

Jenn, I'm glad you liked it!

Julie, I'm so glad you stopped by, thank you for your kind words!

Ovenhaven, it's very quick and great for "emergencies" :)

Myriam, deal!! Your pasta dishes always make me almost bite my keyboard... :)

Hi, Cooker! I'm glad to see you around here! Tks!!

Truffle, my husband almost did have the entire bowl. :)

The Cooking Ninja said...

mmm...yum yum :)

Tartelette said...

One of my favorite desserts! I love it with raspberries too. Meringues were the first thing I would get at the bakery when I was a kid. Love them!

Pinkeagle said...

I LOVE Eton Mess :D

bea at la tartine gourmande said...

This is utterly a very sweet and delicious-looking dessert. It makes my mouth water!

Karen said...

What a fluffy thing of beauty. I want to take a bath in it!

Su-Lin said...

Can't believe I live in the UK and have never had Eton mess! I'm definitely going to have some soon before the strawberry season ends!

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