June is here, and time for some lighter summer desserts. If you are wondering what an Eton Mess is, it is the best kind of mess. Bits of meringue, whipped cream and fresh fruit (usually strawberries) make up a delightfully airy dessert with all those textures balancing out into the perfect bite. How this British concoction came about is a bit of a debate. The most accepted version involves an Eton v Harlow cricket match in the late 19th century and a dropped meringue/strawberry/cream pudding All I know for sure is that it is quite scrumptious. And easy, and the perfect summer dessert.
Wrapping up our ode to strawberries this month, let’s not forget the savory side of this berry. A flaky, buttery crust full of freshly ground black pepper encases a creamy filling of spinach and goat cheese. Topped with fresh strawberries to highlight the simple perfection that is a ripe strawberry, and then drizzled with a balsamic vinegar glaze.
It’s all things strawberry this month, but if you don’t have access to fresh strawberries, don’t fret. Delectable strawberry treats can still be had with these cookies that utilize freeze dried strawberries and strawberry jam.