I first heard of eton mess about a year ago when they seemed to take over last summer’s dessert posts in the blogosphere.  After much research (and by that I mean going through to the second page of search results from google), I was able to discern that it’s a parfait of sorts, with fresh or preserved fruits layered with whipped cream and broken up meringue cookie bits.

I made them from scratch and included them in the recipe here, but feel free to buy meringue cookies from the store and use those instead. However, I will warn you that the recipe for meringue below is pretttty great, and leaves you with both a crunchy shell and a gooey marshmallow-y inside that most store-bought meringue cookies lack.

It’s a really great make-ahead dessert, so long as you keep the three components (fruit, whipped cream, meringue) separate and only mix them together right before the guests arrive. I plan on making this again often in the coming months of sun and heat, and I recommend that you do the same.

– Eva

Roasted Apricot & Rose Eton Mess
By Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking
Makes about (6) 8-ounce mason jar servings



• 3 egg whites
• 1 cup ultra-fine baker’s sugar
• parchment paper

Roasted Apricots

• 4 apricots, cut in half and pitted
• 1/3 cup light brown sugar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Rose Whipped Cream

• 2 cups whipping cream
• ¼ teaspoon rose water
• ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

• Begin by preparing the meringue. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, beat together the egg whites at medium high speed with a whisk attachment until they hold soft peaks. While you’re beating the egg whites, microwave the ultra-fine sugar on high for 2 minutes, pausing at the 1-minute mark to give the sugar a good stir.

• Once the egg whites have a soft peak, gradually add the hot sugar to the egg whites while continuing to beat them over a period of 30 seconds. Continue beating the mixture at medium-high speed until thick, shiny, and glossy, which may take several minutes. If you take a bit of the meringue and rub it between your thumb and forefinger and feel lots of gritty sugar, it needs to be mixed more. If you barely feel the grit of the sugar, it’s ready for the oven.

• Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add a ¼ cup dollop of meringue onto the sheet. Continue to add the meringue dollops onto the sheet, and make sure to leave 2 inches of space between each meringue. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Then turn the oven off and allow the meringues to cool inside the oven with the oven door closed for another hour. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set aside.

• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the apricot halves in a bowl with the brown sugar and cinnamon until lightly coated. Then place them on an unlined baking sheet and roast them for 20-30 minutes or until soft and deeply orange. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before placing them in the refrigerator to chill.

• To prepare the whipped cream, beat the cream in large bowl at medium high speed with a whisk attachment until thickened and fluffy. Add the rose water and vanilla extract and whisk for 20 seconds more, then remove and place in the refrigerator.

• Once the roasted apricots have chilled, layer the whipped cream, meringue, and roasted apricot halves in an 8-ounce mason jar until it is full. You can garnish the top with a whole meringue cookie or an apricot half. Serve immediately.

(recipe + photos by Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here!)


Add your own

    Jeline says:

    That looks sooo delicious!


    Rebecca says:

    Sounds awesome, I make something similar with blueberries, but never thought to add the rosewater to the whipped cream.

    Cannot wait to make this.

    Kirsten says:

    If you want to know about Eton mess you need to ask a Brit (which I am)! Traditionally it is whipped cream, diced strawberries, strawberry coulis and broken up bits of meringue all gently folded together so that the coulis is marbled through the cream and the strawberries and meringue are as evenly distributed as possible. It isn’t layered. Completely appreciate that this is your take on it and I love the idea of using apricots (not such a fan of rosewater).

    YUM. these looks so delicious and beautiful. definitely a recipe i will be recreating, glad i stumbled across your website. thanks for sharing the awesome post and recipe!

    Helena says:

    This looks SO good! I could totally have this right now. And beautiful photos too.

    Brittany says:

    Wow. Delish. I live in China, so it can be hard to access ingredients for Western recipes. Except for the rose water, I can totally make this here. Super excited to try 🙂

    Chy says:

    Ahh looks so good.. would love to try this, but is there another way to prepare the meringue without a microwave?

    Anna says:

    the pictures are gorgeous!!

    These look so fantastic and fancy – perfect for a dinner party!!

    esme says:

    Delicious! I love you’re blogs. I always get so inspired by your subjects.

    3girls1apple says:

    WoW this looks out of this world. Hmmm hmmm hmmmmm

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