This Cherry Mess is a no fuss dessert featuring red wine soaked cherries mixed with amaretto laced whipping cream. Add crispy meringues, and crunchy sweet almonds for great textural effect.
A Word About David Lebovitz
Anything David Lebovitz recipe that I have ever made has been AMAZING! The recipes are written clearly, easy to follow and produce some very delicious results. It goes without saying but I am a huge fan. It was such an honour to meet him in San Francisco…he even gave us a great restaurant recommendation for the area! When he posted this recipe for Cherry Mess, I just had to make it for my son on his 19th birthday.
A Very Cherry Mess
For once, I stuck to the recipe and I could hardly contain my excitement as I followed each step. I got so excited, that I forgot to add the candied almonds on each layer. They served their purpose just as well being stationed there at the top. The flavour of the cherries with just a splash of red wine is crazy delicious! The only change I would make to this recipe is to start the meringues first as they take the longest to cook and also need to cool.
What Is An Eton Mess?
This Cherry Mess recipe is a spin on an English dessert called Eton Mess. Eton Mess is believed to have originated at Eton College somewhere around the late 1800’s. It traditionally consisted of strawberries or bananas mixed with whipped cream or ice cream but evolved when broken meringues were added. There really is no rhyme or reason to a Mess…hence the name!
Assembling the Cherry Mess
The great thing about this dessert is that it has no structure. It’s almost as if you had taken a pavlova and mashed it all together in a bowl. Just throw the ingredients in the bowl willy nilly. In addition, when you’re dropping the meringues on the baking sheet, there’s no need to pipe them or make them look fancy because they’re about to be crushed.
Your Cherry Mess should be eaten the day of assembling, but if you want to make it ahead of time, it might be a good idea to stabilize the whipped cream like I did here.
I’m glad new adult has lived his 19 years the way he has and I’m very proud to be his mum. He has a ‘can do’ and ‘ready to take on the world attitude’ that will surely take him far. Not too far from home I hope, then who will I cook for?