Since I still had many meringues left from my previous order and my mother wanted a dessert to take to her friend’s, I made something I always wanted to make, the Eton mess.
All you need:
A trifle or glass bowl
a packet of strawberries, thinly sliced
meringues, crushed, enough to cover the bottom of the bowl
1 cup cream, whipped and sweetened with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean
Arrange the crushed meringues at the bottom of the bowl and then scatter the thinly sliced strawberry on top.
Spoon the whipped cream and swirl for an effect. Lastly, arrange whole meringues to decorate.
My mother also melted some chocolate and swirled the melted chocolate on top. She did this while I was already out so I didn’t take a picture of the final look. She said it looked beautiful, so I trust her on that.
I received a special order for jars of meringues this week so I had tons of egg yolks leftover. My mother ingeniously thought of using the egg yolks to make custard. She used seeds from vanilla beans she got from a trip to Sri Lanka. When it cooled, the custard was still a little runny and I assumed she didn’t cook it long enough to thicken. I asked her if she minded I make ice cream out of it.
So I went ahead and brought the ice cream machine out and poured the custard in. When the ice cream was almost ready, I grabbed the already opened chocolate chip bag, which I was using for the meringues, and threw in the rest of the chocolate chips in.