Eton mess is a classic English dessert. It’s believed that this dessert was traditionally served during the annual cricket tournament of Eton College. That’s how the name comes. Later on, this dessert spread among normal people too.
Just like the wonderful history of its name. The dessert itself tastes wonderful for its crunchy-tangy texture. This slightly different combination makes it unique from regular sweet items.
The distinct texture gave it huge popularity among dessert fanatics. Even people who don’t love sweets that much, like this dish for the balance between sweet and tart.
Sweets hit differently during the scorching summer heat. So, Eton mess can be a very good pick to be your summertime sweetness. Moreover, preparing it using vegan ingredients will make it healthier.
For this version, we’ll be swapping out the meringue with coconut yogurt. This will be a perfect showstopper after having vegan mac n’ cheese or vegan cherry almond brownies.
- Level: Easy
- Serves: 4 people
- Preparing Time: 20 minutes
- Baking, Mixing, and Garnishing: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Nutrition Per Serving
The total nutrition per serving is 383 kcal.
List Of Necessary Ingredients
- 400g can chickpeas for aquafaba ( canned chickpea liquid)
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 500g mixed berries (mainly strawberries but you can use other seasonal berries)
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- ½ tbsp rose water
- 400ml vegan coconut yogurt (vanilla flavored)
- Rose petals for garnish
Obviously, we’ll need normal cooking equipment. But there are some special tools that are necessary. We’ve listed them below only for your convenience-
- Parchment Paper
- Electric Whisk
Step-by-Step Guide for Preparing The Vegan Eton Mess
Now that you’ve got all your ingredients and equipment, let’s get to it. We can begin by starting with the most basic step:
Preheating The Oven
Preheat the oven to 110C or 90F or Gas 1 for 20 minutes. Preheating the oven while mixing and preparing the batter will save your time.
Whisk The Chickpea Liquid
Drain all the liquid from the can of chickpeas into a large bowl. Once you’ve poured all the liquid, start whisking. Whisk it until it becomes fluffy and stiff. This will take quite a while, approximately 10 minutes at least.
Now start gradually mixing the golden caster sugar with the meringue. Mix it well until the peaks become stiff.
Bake The Meringue
Take the parchment paper and put it on a baking tray. Now take the meringue on a spoon and put it on the parchment paper. Don’t bother about the size or shape as we’ll crush them afterward.
Put the tray inside the preheated oven. Bake these for 1 hour 30 minutes.
Leave the baked meringue for 20-30 minutes to cool down after baking. Otherwise, they will stick to the parchment.
Mixing The Berries
Mix the berries while the meringue is baking. This will save you some time. Wash the berries and take them in a large bowl. Now mix them with icing sugar.
You can use a spoon to mix them. Then put ½ tablespoon rose water and mix again.
Leave it aside for at least 20 minutes so that the berries and juices mix well. This will further enhance that tangy berry flavor.
Once you’re done, the final mixture should look something like this.
Assemble The Final Ingredients
Take another large bowl and put the yogurt in it. Now crush the meringue as per your wish and mix well. Be careful not to crush it into meringue powder. Make sure there are chunks of meringue so that you get that satisfying crunch.
Now put ⅓ of the mixed fruit and stir it well to combine.
This is ready for garnishing now. You could just simply have it from the bowl. Yep, it’s that good!
Garnishing And Serving
Take the serving bowl and scoop some mixture in it. There is no particular rule of thumb regarding this. Just scoop as much as you want.
Now put some mixed berries on top. You can also pour some leftover juice from the berry mixture.
Garnish with some rose petals.
Voila. The dessert is ready to serve. Have a sweet experience.
Some Extra Tips And Substitution Ideas
What Are The Substitution Options For This Recipe?
There are quite a few substitutions available for the ingredients of this recipe. You can use 150g of ordinary caster sugar if you can’t find the golden caster sugar. You should try to use strawberry for this. However, blueberry or other types of berries will work fine.
How Can I Make The Meringue Perfectly?
You can use a bit of cream of tartar for a better meringue texture. This helps to form the peak nicely. Try to add the sugar very slowly. Keep the beater at its slowest pace. If your meringue fails repetitively, you can just use readymade vegan meringue as a substitution.
If you don’t want to miss out on the tangy-sweet combination of vegan Eton mess. Then start your cooking mission right away.