This is a grown up version of the famous Eton Mess but with raspberries. Raspberries are drizzled with framboise, a raspberry liqueur, and then folded with crushed meringue shells into mounds of whipped cream.
Posh Raspberry Mess
- Preparation time without making the meringues: 10 minutes
- Preparation time including making the meringues: 18 minutes
- Cooking time if making the meringues: 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
- Standing time if making the meringues: 2 hours
- 350 ml (12 fl oz) double cream/heavy or whipping cream (1½ cups)
- 4 meringue shells*
- 450 g (1 1b) raspberries, washed
- 2 tbsp framboise/raspberry liqueur, optional
- For the meringue
- 2 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), whites only
- 115 g (4 oz) caster/granulated sugar (½ cup + 1 tbsp)
- You will also need 4 glass dessert dishes or sundae glasses.
- *This dish is a great way to use up any left-over meringue shells. However, if making the meringues shells especially for this dish, follow the recipe below and prepare these first.
- For the meringue
- Preheat oven to cool, 140°C (275°F) (mark 1)
- Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff.
- Then gradually whisk in the sugar a spoonful at a time, whisking well between each addition until stiff and glossy.
- Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Dab a little meringue on each corner of the baking sheet first to keep the lining in place.
- Spoon 6 mounds of meringue onto the baking parchment. Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until the meringues will lift from the paper easily. Turn off the oven but leave the meringues in the oven for a further 2 hours. This will allow them to completely dry out.
- For the fool
- Pat dry the washed raspberries and put in a bowl, reserving 12 for later. Drizzle over the framboise, if using, and set to one side.
- Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.
- Roughly crush 4 meringue shells and fold into the cream.
- Just using a few strokes, fold in the raspberries along with any juice.
- Divide amongst the glass dishes and top each one with three reserved raspberries.
- This summer dessert still tastes delicious without the framboise. It just misses that little bit extra. To make your own, see Drinks – Framboise Liqueur.
Updated: June 28, 2019