Lemon Eton Mess

So here’s the funny thing about this recipe. I was reading a cookbook the other day and saw a recipe for a lemon fool. I immediately thought, how fun, I’ll make a fool for April Fools… Here’s where it gets interesting, the difference between a fool and an eton mess is simple: crumbled meringue cookies. So here I am in my kitchen, whipping up some cream, folding in some lemon curd and crumbling cookies…turns out, I made Eton Mess (this is not the first time this has happened). Whose the fool now?

Lemon Eton Mess (inspired by Nigella Lawson)

Serves 4, generously

2 cups heavy cream

1-2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons limoncello (optional)

1 cup lemon curd

1 cup crumbled meringue cookies, or more if desired

In a large bowl whip heavy cream to soft peaks. Add sugar and limoncello and continue whipping till you’ve achieved stiff peaks. Gently fold lemon curd into the whipped cream until the cream is streaked with ribbons of curd. Carefully spoon “the mess” into parfait glasses or bowls. Sprinkle with desired amount of crumbled meringue. Serve cold and enjoy.


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