- 4 shop-bought meringues
- 300-400ml double cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 150g each of raspberries & blueberries
- 2-4 ginger nuts (optional)
- 1 tsp ginger cordial
- 200g frozen raspberries
- 30g caster sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Put the frozen raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a liquidiser and blitz until smooth. If too thick, add a touch of cold water to let down.
- Pass through a fine sieve and check the sweetness, adding a touch more sugar if needed.
- For the Eton mess
- 1. Lightly whip cream to just holding its own on the spoon, but be careful not to over whip the cream.
- 2. Gently fold in the raspberries and blueberries.
- 3. Break the meringues up into bite-size pieces and add them to the mixture
- 4. Gently fold in the raspberry coulis, elderflower cordial & vanilla essence (if using).
- 5. You want a ripple effect with the raspberry coulis running through it.
- 6. Serve with crushed ginger biscuits on top.
- 7. Drizzle a bit of the coulis over and around. Garnish with mint.
To make the raspberry coulis
Healthier option: For people on a weight reducing diet, or wanting to reduce the amount of sugar and fat in their diets, then there are various options you could choose: 1. Omit the meringue and just have the fruit with cream. Single cream is lower in fat than double cream, however, you can't whip single cream. 2. Use half fat creme fraiche, plain low fat yoghurt, or soya yoghurt in place of the cream. 3. Replace the sugar in the raspberry sauce with sweetener.
Fluid: Some people with kidney problems will be advised to follow a fluid restriction. If you have been advised to reduce your fluid intake then please remember that cream and yoghurt should be included within your fluid allowance.
Phosphate and potassium: Cream is relatively low in phosphate - a mineral which some people with kidney problems should limit. If, however you would prefer to use a low fat option such as plain yoghurt, we have suggested soya yoghurt as this is lower in phosphate. This recipe contains berries which contain potassium and some people with kidney problems are advised to restrict their potassium. However, blueberries are a low potassium berry and although raspberries are moderate in potassium, they are lower than other berries such as strawberries.
Storage: Follow the packet instructions for storing the shop bought meringues. Refrigerate any leftover fruit and cream and use within two days.