British Summer is the best thing ever!
The english roses are coming to full bloom and my favourite peonies are incredibly beautiful right now in my garden. When the sun shines, there is nowhere else I would rather be, than be right here in England, where the breeze is warm and dry, and the drinks crisp and chilled.
I was whipping up some double cream by hand this morning, not really sure at that point what I was going to make, it was at that moment that I realised just how much I love food. I love being involved in food, I love going to farms, picking fruit, juicing, baking, being covered in icing sugar, melting chocolate, and my idea of a dream shopping trip is to the food supermarket. I can spend all day scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram, searching via hashtags, generating ideas and trying to be creative. I feel so at peace when I am dealing with food, I dream, sleep and of course, eat it. When you feel so passionate about something, you should just follow your dream, right? What are you passionate about?
So I was whipping up double cream whilst looking outside at the lush garden, and thought… ETON MESS! Perfect!
- Meringue: 4 eggs whites and 150g caster sugar, 1tsp cornflour
- Double cream whipped
- Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc
Let’s do this!
- To make the meringue, it’s super duper easy! Just whip up 4 egg whites using an electric whisk. When it has started to thicken, start adding spoonfuls of sugar, one spoonful at a time, and continue mixing throughout till all the sugar has eventually combined. Add 1tsp cornflour, this is to get that squidgy centre and hard shell that we all love about meringues. This process can take up to 15 minutes, just keep on whisking, until you get a very thick, glossy meringue. Pictures as below to check if you’re doing it right!
- Pipe out onto a baking tray and put in the oven at 70 degrees for 2 hours. The key to meringues is low temperature for a loooong time to dehydrate it.
Once the meringues are done, just whip up some cream with a dash of icing sugar, and assemble as you wish with anything and everything you have at home!! Go wild!!
I had made some green tea matcha jelly the night before so I cut up some cubes, and used the local berries to make my version of a deconstructed Eton Mess. So colourful, so vibrant, so fresh, and a super yummy dessert to fuel those long summer evenings!
Have a beautiful weekend and make sure to pop some of these soft and mallowy meringues into your sunny afternoons. Enjoy, beautiful!