Sweet Tooth

I'm a huge fan of Ina Garten, aka Barefoot Contessa.  I own all 7 of her cookbooks and even got to meet her at a local book signing a few years ago.  She is just as fabulous in person as she appears on her show.  Not only is this dessert featured on the cover of her new book, it was also in the most recent issue of House Beautiful.  It's so perfect for the holidays and I'm going to make it for my dinner party tomorrow night.  It's made with raspberries, whipped cream and broken meringue shells.  Yum!!!

So, without further ado, here's the recipe...

Eton Mess
{it's named after Eton, the English boarding school}


4 (6-ounce) packages fresh raspberries
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon framboise liqueur
1 2/3 cups cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 (3-inch) bakery meringue shells, broken in pieces

1. Pour two packages of the raspberries, 1 cup of sugar, and the lemon juice into a 10-inch sauté pan. Crush the berries lightly with a fork and bring the mixture to a full boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is syrupy. Fold the remaining two packages of raspberries and the framboise into the hot mixture and refrigerate until very cold.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream, the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, and the vanilla together on medium-high speed until it forms firm peaks.

2. In decorative glasses, layer a spoonful of the whipped cream, a spoonful of the raspberry mixture, and then a few meringue pieces.

3. Repeat once or twice, depending on the size of the glasses, until the glasses are full, ending with berries and a dollop of cream.

Bon Appetit!

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