It’s summertime. Do you really want to turn on that oven?
Do you want to stand over a hot stovetop?
And let’s be real, do you even want to take the time to measure out ingredients?
I hope you answered no to all of these questions. If you didn’t, you’re doing summer wrong. And that’s a personal problem you need to fix as soon as possible.
Naturally, the best way to avoid all these summertime annoyances is to make eton mess. In case you’re not familiar, eton mess is basically a dessert made up of whipped cream, crushed meringues, and some form of fruit. In this version, I used some black raspberries that I found tucked away in the freezer section at the grocery store and added a spoonful of honey to the mix for a touch of added sweetness and more complexity. And also because I’m obsessed with honey.
As you likely know, quality honey is important for so many different reasons, including both health and taste. Luckily, I live near a whole store devoted to honey (!) from the Savannah Bee Company, and the variety and superb quality of honey available there just blows my mind. For this recipe, I used their Winter White Passion Fruit Honey (so dreamy) and it complemented the tartness of the raspberries perfectly, creating a stellar blend of flavors. Of course, any honey will do— just make sure it’s the best you can find!
Though all the layers may look neat and impressive lined up in the jar, eton mess isn’t supposed to be pretty, at least not once you dig in and begin eating. There is a reason it’s called “mess” after all. Meringues get smothered in whipped cream, your four layers are ruined the second a spoon comes into play, and the whole thing winds up tinted a rather striking shade of purple before you’re even halfway done. It’s fun and it’s carefree and it’s delicious and it doesn’t require heat of any kind.