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summer berry Eton mess

quick, easy, and filled with all the fresh summer berries you could ever want! this summer berry Eton mess is made from sweetened whipped yogurt, whipped cream, fresh summer berries and crushed meringues. think of it as a cooler trifle!

ready for the easiest, quickest and festive summer dessert? good! this summer berry Eton mess is all those things and so much more! my answer to the easiest 4th of July dessert, this could be my new favorite summer dessert. bakers, non-bakers, people who just like to eat fresh, ripe berries with whipped cream- so basically everyone. this impossibly easy dessert is for you! read on to find out why I will be eating this all summer long.

summer berry Eton mess

what is an Eton mess?

glad you asked! it’s as the name implies, a beautiful and delicious mess consisting of whipped cream, berries and crushed meringues. originally created at Eton College, it’s a distinctly english dessert.

a popular myth (though most likely untrue): Eton Mess was first created when a meringue dessert was accidentally crushed by a Labrador while traveling to a picnic at Eton College. but, it was salvaged and served as a crushed meringue with strawberries and cream. if you ask me, I’d say that’s a pretty fun way to create a brand new dessert!

Eton mess vs. trifle : what’s the difference?

  • Eton mess: traditionally English dessert made from whipped cream, berries and crushed meringues
  • trifle: an English dessert made from layers of fruit, sponge cake (usually soaked in a sweet liqueur), custard and/or whipped cream

this summer berry Eton mess samples the best parts of each type of dessert. for this version:

  • a mix of fresh summer berries are macerated in elderflower liqueur
  • the whipped cream is mixed with yogurt for a creamier filling
  • elderflower liqueur is used to both elevate and complement the floral notes of the berries
  • crushed meringues are store bought- promise not to tell if you don’t! also this makes this dessert the easiest version ever!

this easy summer dessert is best described as

  • simple to make
  • creamy
  • sweet
  • crunchy meringue pieces
  • filled with all the summer berries
  • the perfect last minute dessert
  • a fancy version of a berry trifle
summer berry Eton mess

short + sweet ingredient list

make sure to have these ingredients on hand, for the easiest summer berry Eton mess,

  • assortment of fresh summer berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
  • sweetener of choice
  • elderflower liqueur or elderflower cordial (non alcoholic)
  • greek yogurt or other thick, creamy yogurt
  • vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • heavy whipping cream
  • meringues

from these ingredients you will make the elderflower soaked berries, creamy whipped yogurt filling and the crushed meringues.

summer berry Eton mess

what do I need to make an Eton mess?

you’ll need a few basic kitchen tools to make a delicious and beautiful berry mess

  • stand mixer with whisk attachment
    • or hand mixer with beaters
  • 6-8 (8 oz./237ml) containers

what’s the best way to make and serve this no bake dessert?

  • make this in layers in a glass container for the most beautiful dessert.
    • to strain or not to strain: this is up to you!
      • keeping the berry juices makes the overall look, messier
      • staining the juices is a cleaner look
  • serve this summer berry Eton mess no more than 1-4 hours after making it, if possible.
    • at around four hours, the whipped cream can begin to separate.
summer berry Eton mess

more easy summer desserts

summer berry Eton mess

summer berry Eton mess

Megan
quick, easy, and filled with all the fresh summer berries you could ever want! this summer berry Eton mess is made from sweetened whipped yogurt, whipped cream, fresh summer berries and crushed meringues.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Chill (optional) 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Celebrations, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 6-8 oz. containers

Equipment

  • stand mixer with whisk attachment or hand mixer with beaters
  • large mixing bowl
  • 6-8 (8oz) serving bowls, jars or cups

Ingredients
  

macerated berry mix

  • 4-5 c mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
  • 3-4 tbsp (45-60ml) maple syrup, maple sugar or granulated sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp (30-45ml) elderflower liqueur, optional

whipped yogurt filling

  • 2/3 c (187g) greek yogurt or other thick yogurt
  • 2 tsp (10ml) vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c (67- 100g) caster or granulated sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp (45ml-60ml) elderflower liqueur, optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c (237ml) heavy whipping cream

meringues

  • 12-18 store bought or homemade meringues, lightly crushed to various sized pieces

Instructions
 

making the Eton mess

  • Wash, pat dry and slice berries to roughly the same size, as needed. Place all berries in a large mixing bowl with sweetener of choice and elderflower liqueur if using.
    Gently mix to fully coat the berries in the sweetener and liqueur.
    Let sit for 30-60 minutes. Give berries a gentle stir every 15-20 minutes.
    When assembling the Eton mess, you have the option to spoon the berries with the released juices. To avoid adding extra juice, use a slotted spoon or strain berries through a mess strainer right before assembling.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment add the yogurt, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, sugar, elderflower liqueur, and salt. Whisk on low-medium speed until well combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. 
    On medium speed, stream in (1 c, 237ml) heavy whipping cream. Increase the speed from medium to high. Whisk on high until medium-medium stiff peaks form. The peak of cream on the tip of the whisk or beater should have a slight bend at the peak.

assembling the Eton mess

  • Select bowls, jars or cups with a 6-8oz. capacity.
  • Layer the serving bowl, jar or cup in this order: berries, sweetened whipped yogurt filling, crushed meringues. Repeat layering until the container is full.
    Serve immediately or cover and chill in the fridge for 1-4 hours. If chilling longer than 4 hours, the texture of the whipped cream can change and may not be as smooth.
    summer berry Eton mess
Keyword berry eton mess, easy summer desserts, healthy summer desserts, no bake berry desserts
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