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Christmas mess

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 8

Take the classic summer Eton mess combo of cream and meringue and give it a festive twist with frozen mixed berries, cinnamon and blackcurrant liqueur

Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal556
fat45.9g
saturates28.5g
carbs30.1g
sugars28.9g
fibre2g
protein5.4g
low insalt0.2g
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Ingredients

  • 600ml double cream
  • 400g Greek yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp lemon curd
  • 1 x 500g bag frozen mixed berries (we used Sainsbury's Black Forest fruits)
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cassis (optional)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 8 meringue nests

Method

  • STEP 1

    In a small saucepan gently heat the frozen berries, icing sugar and cinnamon until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, stir in the cassis, if using, and set aside to cool completely.

  • STEP 2

    Whip the double cream and Greek yogurt until just holding it’s shape, ripple through the lemon curd. Break the meringue nests into a glass bowl, or 8 individual glasses. Spoon over half the cream, then half the berries. Repeat with the remaining cream and berries. Serve immediately.

RECIPE TIPS
MAKE IT DIFFERENT

Swap the lemon curd for 200g mango purée from a can, then fold this through your whipped yoghurt cream, layer this onto your meringue base and drizzle with 4 tbsp Amarula (optional) then top with the flesh and seeds from 4 passionfruits and 1 peeled and stoned mango, cut into strips. Garnish with a few physalis (Cape gooseberries) for a really impressive finish!

GET AHEAD

If you want to prepare this in advance, break the meringues into your glass bowl. Cook the fruit, cool and put to one side. Whip the cream, yoghurt and add the lemon curd, cover and put in the fridge. Assemble before serving.

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