Avocado Eton Mess

This unconventional dessert, from The Avocado Cookbook, is a twist on the every-day Eton Mess, which will leave you wanting more!

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Jul 07, 2016
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Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

2 large ripe avocados

1 tbsp icing (confectioner’s) sugar

Juice of ½ lemon

300ml or /½ pint (1¼ cups) double (heavy) cream

8 mini meringue shells

400g or 14oz (2 cups) strawberries, hulled and quartered

Avocado and strawberries are a surprisingly good combination and are great in salads, too. We’ve suggested using ready-made mini meringues for speed and convenience, but homemade ones will taste even better.

1) Halve, stone (pit) and peel one of the avocados. Mash the flesh in a bowl until it’s really smooth and sweeten with the icing sugar. Stir in the lemon juice to prevent the avocado discolouring. Alternatively, purée everything in a blender or food processor.

2) Whip the cream in a clean, dry bowl until it stands in soft peaks – do not overwhip it. Swirl the cream gently through the avocado purée.

3) Halve, stone (pit), peel and dice the remaining avocado and add to the creamy mixture.

4) Break the meringue shells into large pieces and stir into the mixturewith the strawberries, reserving a few for decoration.

5) Divide the mixture between four serving bowls or sundae glasses and serve immediately, decorated with the reserved strawberries.

Try this...

– Decorate with sprigs of fresh mint and dust with icing sugar. Or sprinkle with dried rose petals (now available from many supermarkets and delis).

– You can add other berries, including raspberries, blueberries or redcurrants.

– For a lower-fat version, use 0% fat Greek yoghurt instead of whipped cream, or mix it with a little creamy mascarpone.

Credit: The Avocado Cookbook by Heather Thomas. (Ebury Press, £9.99) Photography: Joff Lee

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Eminé Ali Rushton

Health + Wellness Director, Psychologies

Health + Wellness Director and Author, Eminé Ali Rushton is interested in only one type of health – holistic. Holistic health is about completeness. It is a full circle that joins the dots of ‘you’ – a way of living that reintroduces your mind to your body to your spirit. To help you live happier, healthier and more balanced lives, we have created #360me – a completely holistic approach to wellness – and are working with some of the world's leading authorities in nutrition, psychology, fitness, ethical living, yoga, and wellness, to provide you with inspiration and support, every month for the next year.

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