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Black Forest Fruits Eaton Mess

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)


Pavlova base

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.

The cream

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.


This Post Has 49 Comments

  1. Love how we can justify eating all these anti-oxidant packed fruits, LOL!

  2. This is one of my all time favourite desserts, much nicer than Christmas pudding

  3. Great post! 🙂

  4. That looks soooooo nice !!! Wish this had scents and tastes included !!

  5. wow this looks absolutely stunning,tastes divine i bet too

    1. Thanks Simon, it does taste great !!!

  6. Oh wow this looks amazing! thank you will definitely need to try this out for a Sunday treat:)

    1. Enjoy Sarah, it’s a lovely dessert 😉

  7. Your Eaton Mess looks wonderful and is the perfect dessert for Christmas Day. I often think I could have done better myself when I eat shop made desserts now.

    1. Once you start making your own you won’t want shop bought.

  8. looks lovely, i have always liked this but have never attempted to make it

    1. It’s really easy, why not give it a try x

  9. This looks delicious, I do love a Eaton Mess – might have to make one for New Years x

    1. Hope you got to make one x

  10. I absolutely love Eaton Mess, though I have never tried a black forest one. Thanks for the recipe x

    1. Enjoy Cherie, It’s really good 😉

  11. I love Eaton Mess and I’m not yet done with my binge eating for the Xmas holidays so this looks fab! I agree with you – homemade cakes/desserts are definitely better than shop bought.

    1. This was the obvious choice it’s tasty and so simple to make 😉

  12. Oh wow! My absolute favourite desert we had eaten mess on Christmas Day for pudding! There was a queue to lick the bowl!

  13. That looks delicious! There’s a few ingredients I haven’t heard of before in that so I’m looking forward to making it later!! Thanks!

  14. This is one delicious and yummy looking eaton mess, I have not had one since summer now you’ve made me start to crave some.

  15. I absolutely love Eaton Mess, i’m trying to be good this month, so I’ll have to try it next month! x

  16. This looks like a great dessert and not to hard to make either

  17. I love Eton mess! I love the idea of it being forest fruits too! If you ever get a chance look up Ambrosia (I think that’s how you spell it) it’s a Floridian thing that reminded me of Eton Mess but you have it with your turkey dinner at Thanksgiving. the most bizarre thing ever x

  18. Never really seen an eaton mess recipe that looked appealing before this & even includes simple ingredients our family has all the time 🙂

  19. I would like to try this, but am not a huge fan of cream. I would need to use a substitute but not yogurt. Wonder what I could use.

  20. This looks delicious, thanks for the recipe, I pick blackberries every year so it’s great to have some other ideas on how to consume them x

    1. This is a great way to enjoy them. I hope you get to try it x

  21. Eaton Mess is my favourite! This looks so yummy, thanks for the recipe. I’ve never braved doing it myself.

    1. Good luck. It’s super easy!!!!

  22. This looks delicious and a dessert I would love to try for a special occasion!

  23. I could so eat this but alas I am 2 weeks into my new healthy eating!

  24. What a delightful treat
    So easy to make and would fill my family with glee

  25. This looks absolutely delicious and the Black Forest Fruit’s are good for you! Win Win!

  26. This looks amazing, would love to give this a try

  27. Looks amazing looks easy to follow but don’t know if my would look as good . X

    1. First aim to get it right then you will love it so much you will get plenty of practise making it look yummy!

  28. I made this on a friend’s recommendation for Christmas Eve last year, and it was delicious!

    1. Eaton Mess is lovely and there are so many variations.

  29. Looks divine and simple to make , always wanted to try since seen on british bake off!

  30. This looks delightful. Will def need to try this out for afters on Sunday.

    1. Enjoy Kelly it’s yummy!

  31. That looks yummy…. ive never made eaton mess before so might give this a go 🙂 x

    1. It’s sooo easy you must try it yourself.

  32. That does look de-lish nom nom nom 😋

    1. Thanks John it is yummy!

  33. it looks delishious,i dont like black forest though ,i love eton mess

  34. I love Eaton mess and I love black berries, the perfect combination.

  35. Oh wow!!! It looks absolutely mouth watering, I love puddings I have such a sweet tooth xxx

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