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Aldi eton mess

Eton mess with a twist

Spice up this summer dessert with a twist of black pepper.

Serving: 4
Time: 1hr +
Difficulty: Easy


For the meringue:

  • 2 egg whites from large eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g caster sugar

For the black pepper fruit coulis:

  • 75g strawberries
  • 40g raspberries
  • 40g caster sugar
  • Juice of half a small lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

To serve:

  • 300g strawberries
  • 300ml double cream


  1. To make the meringue, preheat the oven to 100°C fan.
  2. Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until frothy. While still whisking, add the caster sugar a spoonful at a time.
  3. Continue to whisk until stiff and glossy, then spread the meringue evenly to about 1cm thick on a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until crisp through to the centre. Leave to cool.
  5. To make the black pepper fruit coulis, put everything except the pepper in a pan over a medium heat.
  6. Once the berries begin to soften, crush with the back of a fork as they cook until broken down completely. Strain through a sieve to remove the seeds, stir in the pepper, then place in the fridge.
  7. To prepare the strawberries and cream, whip the double cream until soft peaks start to appear. Set two strawberries aside and chop the rest quite small and gently fold them through the cream.
  8. To assemble, divide half of the strawberries and cream mixture between four dessert bowls.
  9. Break the cooled meringue into 2cm pieces, and divide half of the pieces between the bowls. Pile on the remaining cream mixture, then the rest of the meringue.
  10. To spice things up, remove the coulis from the fridge and drizzle into the bowls.
  11. Quarter the remaining strawberries and use to top your desserts. Finish with an extra mill of black pepper.

Recipe courtesy of Aldi

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