It’s the time of year when we are making or buying loads of foods and desserts to enjoy with friends and family. I like homemade desserts rather than shop bought they taste so much better in most instances. The stores are full of ready made desserts and in many instances you buy them super excited as they look amazing and then when you try them you are disappointing as they are not as great as you had expected. Unfortunately, I am a victim of my own success in a way as I enjoy eating the desserts that I make as 99% of the time they taste great even if they don’t look perfect in my eyes.
For Christmas day I wanted to make something different so I made a Black Forest Fruits Eaton Mess which is was not only simple to make it also tasted delicious. This Eaton Mess was combined with frozen fruits that you can easily find in supermarkets and are packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C (helps fight colds and free radicals).
The pavlova base is best made the night before.
Serves approximately 8-10 depending on serving size.
For the pavlova base
5 egg whites
250g caster sugar
1tsp white wine vinegar
2 level tsp corn flour
For the cream
approximately 250ml double cream
1tsp vanilla essence
For the black forest fruits topping
500g frozen black forest fruits
3 tbs of sugar, you can add this gradually to get the sweetness you like (add more if required)
Place the egg whites, corn flour, sugar and vinegar in a bowl and whisk until it forms thick stiff peaks and doesn’t move much when you tip the bowl.
Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and make a round with the mixture about 8 inches in diameter.
Place this in the oven for 1 hour at 140 degrees then turn the oven off and leave over night to cool.
Combine the cream and the vanilla and whisk until thick taking care not to over whisk this.
For the black forest topping
Throw the contents of the black forest fruits container into a pan and gently heat. Add in 1 spoon of sugar at a time and gently stir in. Try not to mix this too much as the fruit breaks down. Add more sugar if you require. Allow this to warm through so it isn’t frozen then cool before putting the dessert together.
To assemble grab a serving bowl. Break up some of the pavlova and cover the base of the bowl. Pour a little cream and then the fruits of the forest over this then repeat a further 2 times so you have 3 layers.
If you like you can add on some chocolate shavings (whichever chocolate you prefer) as this looks pretty and also tastes great.