Alright, so to start with, I want to specify that Eton mess is traditionally made with strawberries only, therefore this recipe from Parents clearly takes some liberties. That being said, it’s delicious! I’m sure you could make it with berries or tropical fruits and it would still be good, though maybe at that point the purists among you might start sweating… Anyway, this went over really well with my family, and it’s just so easy to make! This makes 6 to 8 servings.
1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 fresh ripe peach or nectarine, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar (I used monkfruit powdered sugar)
2 cups lactose-free whipping cream or substitute
1 more Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar (same)
8 vanilla meringue cookies (mine were from Trader Joe’s), plus 2 for topping
Gently toss together strawberries, peach, and 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar in a bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Process 1 cup of the chopped-fruit mixture in a blender until puréed (I used an immersion blender). Set both mixtures aside.
Beat cream and additional tablespoon confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer until medium-soft peaks form. Lightly crush 8 vanilla meringue cookies directly into the cream mixture.
To serve, you can either do as I did (the trifle way) and layer the three mixtures in a glass, or gently fold everything together without overmixing (which the original recipe suggests). Crumble the additional meringues on top and serve.