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The world of fermentation.
Eton mess, a dessert of crushed baked meringue, whipped cream and berries, is said to have originated at England's Eton College. For this version, we use store-bought meringue cookies, toast them under the broiler and layer them with whipped cream studded with cherries and chopped chocolate. Frozen cherries make this dessert a breeze to put together; we chop then soften the fruit by microwaving the pieces with sugar and sherry vinegar, which nicely balances the sweetness of the meringues.
cups frozen pitted sweet cherries, thawed and chopped
cup white sugar
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