Dessert: Blackberry and pomegranat Eaton mess

My eyes have recently been opened to the decadent and oh-so-delicious English dessert Eaton mess.

Let me just start off my telling you that I have been missing out!

How did I not know about this dessert until now!

It´s sweet, tangy, chewy, crunchy, fresh and melts ever so sinfully on the tongue.

Merengues used in traditional Norwegian cooking are called “Pike kiss”, that roughly translates to “Maiden kisses”.

They are small dollops that are, they way I´ve experienced them as a child are dry and over the top sugary.

But then I saw these delicious merengue creations pop up on Mimi´s gorgeous blog Manger and my moth started watering.

So when my English gentleman took me to a little tea room and ordered a berry fresh and colorful Eaton mess I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

We shared one, which was a mistake…

When it comes to this dessert I´ve learned the hard way that one simply cannot be shared by two.

SO we made a promise  that next time we´d get one each to satisfy our Eaton mess hunger.

The recipe below is my attempt to recreate that lovely afternoon in the english tea house in England.

I hope you like it!

PS: What´s your favorite eaton mess version? Or merengue dessert?

Blackberry and Pomegranat Eaton mess

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Ingredients

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Serves 6

250g blackberries

100g blueberries

1 pomegranat

40g caster sugar

2,5 dl whipping cream

A pinch of salt

 Mint leafs for decoration

For the meringues:

4 large egg whites

225g caster sugar

For the Blackberry puree:

250 g fresh blackberries

Fresh juice of 1⁄2 lemon

1/2 dl cold water

 For the Pomegranate syrup:

2 pomegranats

4tbs sugar

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Directions

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Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Merengues

Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until they form soft peaks.  Add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, whisking well until it is all mixed and resembles shaving foam.

Create small merengue mountains with spoons on to the baking sheet, spacing them well apart. Ca 12 tbs pr merengue mountain.

Reduce the temperature to 130, place the merengue on the baking tray in the oven and bake for 1 hour and 45 min, until the meringues are crisp.

Turn the oven off and leave them to cool with the door shut.

Blackberry Puree

 Mix 250g blackberries with the sugar, cold water and lemon juice in a bowl.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes until its all gone soft, stirr occasionally.

Remove from the heat and purée using a stick blender until smooth.

Leave to cool.

 Pomegranat syrup

2 Pomegranats

4 tbs sugar

Squeeze the juice from the pomegranates in a little pot and add the sugar.

Bring to a boil.

Turn down the heat and simmer until thick.

Let it cool before serving.

Whip the cream (add 1 tbs sugar) until it is thick and creates soft dollops when you pull out the whiskers. Break the meringues into a large bowl. You want larger chuncks and not all crushed, powdered and small. Add the blackberries,blueberries, pomegranate seeds and the whipping cream by creating layers. Keep a few of blackberries and pomegranate seeds for a final touch and decoration to your dessert.

Mix without making a mash, a perfect mess is what you´re going for:)

Before serving sprinkle over the puree and syrup before you top it off with a few of the berries and seeds left and add a mint leaf.

Indulge and enjoy:)

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5 Responses to Dessert: Blackberry and pomegranat Eaton mess

  1. I only found out about Eton Mess through a British cookbook and then I moved to England and now I’m in Eton Mess heaven :) It is truly a delicious mess :) I really want to try Sophie Dahl’s rhubarb rosewater version.
    Lovely pictures <3

  2. Karoline says:

    *Gasp!* What a great idea using pomegranate! My mouth is watering just thinking of it. I am a huge fan of my mum’s Eaton Mess, which is sinfully inspired by Nigella’s recipe as well as the Two Fat Ladies version.

    Thanks for the recipe! Yummmmm! x

  3. Eton Mess is one of my favourite desserts ever! Sometimes I add hazlenuts and blackberries, especially as the weather starts to get colder, otherwise your version looks pretty much my ideal :-)

  4. Marte Marie says:

    @Karoline Mum´s versions are always the best;)

  5. Marte Marie says:

    @teawiththemoon Thank you! I loved watching Sophie Dahl create Eaton Mess and will have to try it someday, the rosewater just seems to add the perfect summery flavor, non?:)