I’m lame and we’re in the middle of packing up our house, so forgive me for the only photo I have to go with this post, which is an empty box of meringues. Oh well.
Nevertheless, even without good photos, I couldn’t resist sharing this incredible recipe, which will definitely be on my dessert rotation. That is saying a lot, because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not so much of a dessert person.
We were having friends over last night, one of whom is gluten-free and so I was searching around for a recipe for something gluten-free. I hate baking, and I’m not a fan of heavy desserts, so for whatever reason I was thinking I could do something with store-bought meringues, which are gluten-free (at least Trader Joe’s brand is…). I came across this recipe for Crushed Raspberry Creams at BBC’s Good Food blog, which basically mixes crushed meringues in with Greek yogurt and creme fraiche and layers that with raspberries. I recognized it as kind of modified Eton Mess–a British dessert that has the same ingredients with whipped cream instead of yogurt/creme fraiche. Traditional Eton Mess uses strawberries, but the following recipe would taste great with any kind of summer berry. However, I really do think the tartness of raspberries or blackberries are best here.
The recipe can be slightly less guilt-inducing when made with yogurt, depending on what kind you use and how much creme fraiche you add. I think next time I make it, I might omit the creme fraiche to see what I can do with a lighter version since heavy cream and creme fraiche/sour cream don’t sit so well with my stomach. That said, the version below was delicious and oh so easy.
adapted from Crushed Raspberry Creams, BBC Good Food Blog
- 1 box Trader Joe’s Vanilla Meringues (210 g or 7.39 oz.) or 3 or 4 large meringue shells
- pint of raspberries
- pint of blackberries
- organic sugar to taste
- 16 oz. 0% fat or lowfat Greek yogurt (full fat would work great too)
- 4 oz. of creme fraiche (optional–if you don’t use, increase yogurt amount to 20 oz. and don’t use 0% fat yogurt)
Blend together the yogurt and creme fraiche. If you wanted to, you could add in some lemon zest or a pinch of a spice, like cardamom–I can see all kinds of ways to experiment here. Chill this mixture in the fridge.