Friday, August 13, 2010

What a pretty Strawberry mess


Have you ever had times when you want to come up with an impressive dessert but aren't prepared? Or what you had prepared for just isn't up to scratch (or looks a bit bleah)?
This was one of those times.

Strawberries are particularly fine at the moment - redder and sweeter than they've been for a long time. I had bought a punnet on the spur of the moment, and thought "These will make a much better dessert than that 'other thing' I was going to make".  So I whizzed around the supermarket to pick up some pre-made mini meringues and some low-fat vanilla yoghurt, and ta-dah! Strawberry Mess.

Oh, and the dessert that wasn't up to scratch? I will show you that another time, maybe. It was an apple crumble that tasted alright, but isn't that glamorous in the va-va-voom department. 

Strawberry Mess
serves 2

Ingredients
1/2 a punnet of strawberries (about 5 strawberries per person), washed, hulled and sliced
125g low-fat vanilla yoghurt (or whipped cream flavoured with a few drops of vanilla extract)
6 marshmallows (pink or white), halved
8 mini meringues (store-bought or homemade), crumbled

Method
1. Layer the ingredients attractively in a tall glass.
2. Serve with a flourish

Some of the ingredients, including fluffy marshmallows, crispy meringues and lush strawberries

Layer everything in a glass...

And blush modestly at the compliments.

27 comments:

  1. Bel! I want Strawberry Mess! This is such a great idea, Bel. And I particularly appreciate it, since I'm trying to find low sugar dessert recipes and ideas-this definitely qualifies a a dessert that can be modified & made with low/no added sugar. I'll look for a tub of strawberries when I go to market this weekend.
    p.s. Your photos of this are so pretty btw.

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  2. Aww...this looks more like Strawberry Perfection to me! I love it, and you can make such a simple looking dessert look marvelous in the fancy glass! Beautiful showcase!

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  3. Un dolce semplice ma di effetto sia per come si presenta che per il sapore...sei stata brava!
    Ciao

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  4. This has definite va va voom!

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  5. That is such a good idea, I am drooling.
    I cant wait for summer when just a plate of amazing fruit is enough for dessert!

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  6. This is the kind of mess I like! Looks fantastic!

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  7. I like the strawberry wizard hats on top. It makes them look pretty AND magical.

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  8. Very pretty! And a great simple recipe that looks impressive and tastes so good. But easy to make :D

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  9. This is what I make when i start off making small meringues that either collapse or I accidentally break after taking them out of the oven! Simple, pure bliss.

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  10. looks completely delicious! strawberries are gorgeous too at the moment.

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  11. Oh man! this looks so luscious! I'd be grinning like a fool if I ate this!

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  12. It really is quite pretty and certainly doesn't look like a spur-of-the-moment dessert.

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  13. The Strawberry Mess looks absolutely fantastic. I'm definitely going to try and make it myself.

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  14. Yes Bel - this dessert is really really gorgeous - and I can't believe how easy it is to prepare as well. Thanks for sharing with us... strawberries seem to be getting cheaper at woolies now - I might try this soon.

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  15. A very very pretty mess indeed! =) Mmm such a quick dessert to throw together when you're just not in a cooking mood.

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  16. It's indeed a very beautiful mess! Good idea for quick dessert.

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  17. Eton/Strawberry mess has to be one of my favorite things ever. I love the redness of the berries....yummy

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  18. This is one of my favourite desserts ever Belle! I love the presentation too and the striking red and white! :D

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  19. That is a VERY good looking dessert!

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  20. Most of my desserts turn outu not as good looking as I hoped. But then again, I never plan for putting enough time into the decorating part of desserts =] And I'm not a very creative person anyway.....

    This looks really pretty! Especially served in the pretty cups........I haven't had strawberries for a while. But they've been popping up all lover blogs everywhere! I must get myself to the shops sometime soon......!

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  21. It looks great, love those strawberries!

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  22. this looks delicious and so very easy to make!

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  23. Love those deceptively easy yet presentable desserts. Mine is called "store-bought" but I reckon I could even rustle up yours!

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  24. Very pretty indeed! Love desserts served in wine glasses, so much finesse yet so simple!

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