Eton tidy

Eton tidy
Makes: 8 portions
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  • 2 egg whites
  • 125 gr sugar
Vanilla custard
  • 200 gr milk
  • ½ tspn vanilla flavour
  • 10 gr white sugar
  • 10 gr custard powder
Drained yoghurt
  • 500 gr Greek style yoghurt
  • 25 gr toasted almonds
  • 16 strawberries
  • 16 blue berries
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint
  1. Preheat the oven to 120°C and prepare by lining a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until they begin to form soft peaks.
  3. Add the sugar, a little at a time, whisking the eggs constantly, until all the sugar has been used up and the eggs are white, stiff and glossy. If the bowl is turned upside down, the mixture should not move.
  4. Pipe neat circles measuring 8 cm in diameter onto the paper and pipe around the rim a second time to create a border.
  5. Place the meringues into the oven to bake for at least one hour or until the meringues are dry and brittle. When cooked, cool on a wire rack. Store the meringues in an airtight container for later.
Vanilla custard
  1. Bring most of the milk with the vanilla flavouring and sugar to the boil. Mix the remaining cold milk with the custard powder and stir into the milk.
  2. Bring to the boil until custard thickens. Cover and cool down to room temperature.
Drained yoghurt
  1. Place a sieve in a bowl without it touching the bottom. Moisten a tea towel or cloth and line the sieve.
  2. Pour the yoghurt in the lined sieve and place in the refrigerator to drain for several hours. The liquid will drain though the cloth in the bowl.
  3. Scoop the thickened yoghurt from the tea towel in a clean container store in the fridge until needed.
To finish
  1. Toast the almond flakes in a dry pan or in the oven until golden.
  2. Spoon a small amount of custard on the meringue base.
  3. Pipe the thick yoghurt on top in a swirl.
  4. Hull and quarter each strawberry and place in the cream along with some blue berries.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint, and some toasted almond flakes.
Stuff to know
For a quicker version, buy the meringue nest in.
The dessert needs to be served straight away after assembly or it will become soggy.
This dessert is a twist on the well known Eton mess, which consists of whipped cream mixed with crushed meringues and red fruit.
Do not bake the meringues on a high heat or they will color too much.
The custard needs to be thick or it will run off the meringues.
You might not need all the custard for the meringues but a smaller amount is tricky to make.