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Toasted meringue and cardamom update the English classic
Milk Street Bowtie Raspberry-Pistachio Meringue with Spiced Whipped Cream

Raspberry-Pistachio Meringue with Spiced Whipped Cream

25 minutes

Free

Traditional eton mess is like a simplified trifle—strawberries, cream and meringue cookies, folded together in a large bowl. For our version, we used raspberries and spiked the whipped cream with sour cream to lend a subtle tang. Store-bought meringue cookies made this recipe a breeze to assemble; Trader Joe’s carries a good version. Layering the berries and cream gave us a more attractive final dish.

3 6-ounce containers raspberries
5 tablespoons white sugar, divided
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 ounces meringue cookies, broken into rough ½-inch bits (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup roasted, salted shelled pistachios, chopped
Ingredients
  • 3

    6-ounce containers raspberries

  • 5

    tablespoons white sugar, divided

  • Kosher salt

  • 2

    teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 2

    ounces meringue cookies, broken into rough ½-inch bits (about 2 cups)

  • ¾

    cup heavy cream

  • cup sour cream

  • ½
  • ¼

    cup roasted, salted shelled pistachios, chopped

Directions
  1. 01
    In a small saucepan over medium-high, mash together half of 1 container of raspberries (about ½ cup), 4 tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of salt. Heat, stirring, just until the berries have broken down and the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a mesh strainer set over a medium bowl. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard the solids. Let cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes, then stir in the lemon zest and juice. Gently stir the remaining berries into the puree.
    See Demo
  2. 02
    Heat the broiler with a rack about 4 inches from the element. Spread the meringue pieces in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Broiler until browned, 30 to 60 seconds. Let cool to room temperature.
    See Demo
  3. 03
    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high to beat the heavy cream, sour cream, cardamom, the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and ⅛ teaspoon salt until thickened and holds peaks, about 2 minutes.
    See Demo
  4. 04
    Spoon about ¼ cup of the whipped cream into each of four wide-mouthed, 10- to 12-ounce glasses or serving bowls. Spoon about ⅓ cup of the berry mixture into each glass, then top with several spoonfuls of toasted meringue pieces. Layer in the remaining whipped cream mixture, dividing it evenly, then spoon in the remaining berry mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining meringue, then sprinkle with the pistachios.
    See Demo
    Raspberry-Pistachio Meringue with Spiced Whipped Cream
Tip: Don’t walk away from the oven while the meringues are under the broiler, as they can go from nicely toasted to scorched in a matter of seconds.
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4

Servings

25 minutes

Tip

Don’t walk away from the oven while the meringues are under the broiler, as they can go from nicely toasted to scorched in a matter of seconds.

Ingredients
  • 3

    6-ounce containers raspberries

  • 5

    tablespoons white sugar, divided

  • Kosher salt

  • 2

    teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 2

    ounces meringue cookies, broken into rough ½-inch bits (about 2 cups)

  • ¾

    cup heavy cream

  • cup sour cream

  • ½
  • ¼

    cup roasted, salted shelled pistachios, chopped

Step 1 of 4

Make the berry mixture

3
6-ounce containers raspberries
4
tablespoons white sugar
Kosher salt
2
teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice

In a small saucepan over medium-high, mash together half of 1 container of raspberries (about ½ cup), 4 tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of salt. Heat, stirring, just until the berries have broken down and the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.


Transfer to a mesh strainer set over a medium bowl. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard the solids. Let cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes, then stir in the lemon zest and juice. Gently stir the remaining berries into the puree.

Step 2 of 4

Brown the meringues

2
ounces meringue cookies, broken into rough ½-inch bits (about 2 cups)

Heat the broiler with a rack about 4 inches from the element. Spread the meringue pieces in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Broiler until browned, 30 to 60 seconds. Let cool to room temperature.

Step 3 of 4

Make the whipped cream

¾
cup heavy cream
cup sour cream
½
teaspoon ground cardamom
1
tablespoons white sugar
teaspoon kosher salt

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high to beat the heavy cream, sour cream, cardamom, the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and ⅛ teaspoon salt until thickened and holds peaks, about 2 minutes.

Step 4 of 4

Spoon and serve

¼
cup roasted, salted shelled pistachios, chopped

Spoon about ¼ cup of the whipped cream into each of four wide-mouthed, 10- to 12-ounce glasses or serving bowls. Spoon about ⅓ cup of the berry mixture into each glass, then top with several spoonfuls of toasted meringue pieces. Layer in the remaining whipped cream mixture, dividing it evenly, then spoon in the remaining berry mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining meringue, then sprinkle with the pistachios.

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