A LOVEly Valentines dessert (no cooking required!)

A LOVEly Valentines dessert (no cooking required!)

An impressive dessert is the perfect way to end a romantic meal, but sometimes we don't want to spend hours in the kitchen creating one.

Enter the Eton mess - using store bought meringues you can create a more traditional version, or add your favourite toppings and make your own masterpiece

For a more traditional version, start with a punnet of strawberries.

Remove the stalks and quarter the strawberries, then place half of them in a bowl and sprinkle over a little caster sugar/superfine sugar and let sit for around 15 minutes (or until the juices start running out of the berries).  

Place a dollop of whipped cream (whisked with a little powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla) over store bough mini meringues.

Top with both types of strawberries, including some of the juice from the sugared berries (and a non-traditional drizzle of melted chocolate like we have if it takes your fancy!)

mini eton mess

For other variations, any type of berry will work well with this recipe. 

Mango puree, chopped mango and passionfruit pulp combine beautifully together for an Australian version that we adore.

You can really use whichever toppings you prefer, which for us makes this the ultimate no-cook dessert.

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