Eton Mess: The Best Dessert You've Never Heard Of

I've noticed a trend when I make Eton mess: Most people haven't heard of it before I serve it to them. This classic English dessert layers meringues with whipped cream and strawberries or bananas. The traditional recipe is a great place to start, but your next step should be to try some of these unique takes on Eton mess -- each their own beautiful mess.

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Balsamic Strawberry Eton Mess

If you were just thinking, "What could be better than strawberries with meringue and cream?" I have an answer for you: balsamic strawberries with meringue and cream. The easy addition of tangy-sweet balsamic vinegar adds a layer of sophistication to this dessert. Add blueberries and you'll have the perfect July 4th treat. Get the recipe at Sprinkle with Salt.

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Black Forest Eton Mess

My favorite way to take any dessert to the next level is by adding chocolate, and Eton mess is no exception. Chocolate ganache and brandied cherries might be too rich on their own, but pair them with chewy meringue and freshly whipped cream and there isn't a glass big enough. Get the decadent details at The Spice Train.

Banoffee Eton Mess

While bananas are a classic Eton mess add-in, dulce de leche is an inspired addition for an English-Latin fusion I'm loving. I like the idea of adding crushed digestive biscuits and sliced almonds for extra texture contrast. Get the details of this banoffee Eton mess at Sips and Spoonfuls.

Tiramisu Eton Mess

Cleverly called "tira-mess," this mash-up of tiramisu and Eton mess is what dessert dreams are made of. Lady fingers are replaced with gluten-free chocolate coffee meringues, and mascarpone subs in for the whipped cream. The best part? It also has ice cream! Get the recipe at Sugar et al.

Blackberry and Lemon Eton Mess

My mouth puckers when I read about this take on Eton mess. It's dotted with plump blackberries and layered with lemon cream and lemon curd. For extra visual interest, the meringues are dyed purple and yellow. Get the recipe at Giraffes Can Bake.

Sour Cherry and Hazelnut Eton Mess

With sour cherry season just around the corner, I can't wait to make this Eton mess with hazelnut meringue and dairy-free coconut whip. Get the unique recipe at Will Frolic For Food.

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