Continuing with the British food theme, (in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Weekend) I've made the classic strawberry dessert ~ Eton Mess. Every June 4th, this dessert is traditionally served at Eton College's annual cricket game against the students of Winchester College. Since it's almost June 4th, I thought this would be the perfect summertime British dessert to make. I decided to make it completely sugar-free by making my own sugar-free meringue cookies, but buying ready made meringue cookies would make this dessert a snap to make.
I found this simple, easy, healthy version of a really low fat Eton Mess recipe, over at the very cool blog ~ Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl. Shauna is an Aussie writer, living in Scotland ~ go check out her blog, she is very funny & has good recipes. She has also written a book by the same name. I just got a copy from my library, it'll be my first book for summer reading.
I decided to make homemade sugar-free meringue cookies for the Eton Mess, instead of buying them. I was up for the challenge, first time I've ever made them. I followed a meringue recipe from over at Downton Abbey Cooks. Since I made the sugar-free meringue version, I discovered you need to check the cookies for doneness at about 40 minutes, since they seem to cook much faster than the regular sugar ones. I highly recommend the updated, healthy Eton Mess ~ it's such a simple & fun dessert to make & to eat. The low fat version is so good, I'll never make the fat laden recipe, there's no need to. I just love it when a healthy version makes a high calorie one obsolete.
I decided that as long as I was making meringue, I might as well make a batch of chocolate meringue cookies, too. I've bought them before, I figured I might as well learn how to make them. I found this easy recipe over at What's Cooking America. I loved them, but they were too dark chocolate tasting for J. Funny, that was the very thing I enjoyed about them ~ that's OK, more for me!