Gluten Free Cherry & Mango Meringue Mess

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A gluten free summer dessert, made from fresh cherries, crushed meringue, freshly whipped cream & decadent mango coulis !
Gluten Free Dessert with fresh cherries, cream & crushed meringue drizzled with mango coulis. From Anyonita Nibbles

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Gluten Free Cherry & Mango Meringue Mess

This is a dessert with all the undeniably delicious flavors of a tropical summer ... and it's got everything: that smooth velvety finish off perfectly whipped cream, the satisfying crunch of meringues, tart juicy cherries and sweet acidic mango. It's such an easy dessert to make, you can rustle one up during the day to serve with dinner tonight or you could dress it up and dish it into champagne flutes or martini glasses and serve it glam'd for a ritzy party.

The day before we left for our vacation in Malta at the beginning of this month, I was squirreled away in my kitchen, pulling out every bit of fresh groceries in the house. Cleaning the fridge out before going on holiday is perhaps the single greatest Mystery Box (hark, MasterChef fans!) ever. In my pre-going away ritual, I confiscated two eggs, a forgotten punnet of still fresh cherries, some veg and cream and Greek yogurt, amongst other things. What could be frozen, was frozen. The veg and yogurt went into a dish together for dinner, leaving behind the fruit, cream and eggs. This is what I did with it:

Two decadent cherry & mango meringue messes from above. From Anyonita Nibbles

My American buddies may not have heard of an mess in this sense before, so let me explain. Here in the UK, there's a popular dessert named for a prestigious boy's school called, Eton Mess. It's pretty much what you see up there, just a lot simpler.

Fench-style meringue peaks waiting to be baked by Anyonita Nibbles
A traditional Eton Mess is strawberries, cream and crushed meringue and it is riotously popular. My husband joked that I should name this dessert a Mancunian Mess (since it was created in our flat in Manchester). This cherry & mango meringue mess is my take on a classic. If you wanted to create your own, you can use any fruit you'd like; everything would work surprisingly well.

An easy way to use up leftover cherries this summer: make a mess. From Anyonita Nibbles


For the cherry & mango meringue mess
2 egg whites
62 grams caster (superfine) sugar
62 grams icing (confectioner's) sugar
300 ml double (heavy) cream
fresh cherries
mango coulis

  • This recipe will yield enough mess for 2 servings. You can easily increase the recipe.
  • I chose not to sweeten my whipped cream because the meringues themselves are quite sugary and the fruit was very sweet. If you prefer sweeter cream, you can add 2 tablespoons caster sugar before you begin to whip.
A gluten free meringue mess with fresh fruit and coulis. From Anyonita Nibbles

Gluten Free Cherry & Mango Meringue Mess

Decadent & simple dessert that can be made with any fruit. From Anyonita Nibbles


For the meringues
  1. Preheat your oven to 110C/230F.
  2. Whisk the egg whites by hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer until they form soft peaks.
  3. Sprinkle in the caster sugar a little at a time, while continuing to whisk. Continue whisking for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and shiny and you've got stiff, firm peaks. (Created by lifting the whisk out of the egg whites.)
  4. Add the icing sugar and fold it in with a spatula until it is fully incorporated.
  5. Scoop the meringue mix into a piping bag and pipe onto a baking tray preferably lined with silicone, although baking paper works fine.
  6. Pipe any shapes you'd like, any size you'd like. The meringues will mostly be crushed, although leftover meringues make excellent cookies.
  7. Bake the meringues in the oven for about 75 minutes. After 75 minutes, switch off the oven and leave the meringues inside until the oven cools completely. They should be crisp, but feel hollow when lifted.
For the whipped cream

Pour the cream into a large bowl and whisk with a balloon whisk until thick and whipped. If you want to sweeten your cream, add in 2 tablespoons of caster sugar at the start. I always whip my cream by hand because it's easier to tell when it's at the right consistency, but you can whip yours in a stand mixer or using a hand mixer instead of a whisk.

For the mess
  1. Wash, pit and halve the cherries.
  2. Fold the cherries into the whipped cream.
  3. Crumble some of the meringues into the cream and fold.
  4. Scoop the cream into serving dishes, drizzle with mango coulis and top with a meringue.
Gluten Free Cherry & Mango Fresh Fruit Meringue Mess from Anyonita Nibbles


  1. Oooh yum! I love meringues, this preparation sounds great. :) Pinned!

  2. These look delicious.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  3. Thanks for explaining the origins of this recipe's name; I'm not always the neatest person and just assumed this would be tailor-made for someone like myself, somewhat of a messy guy in the kitchen :-) Either way, it looks fantastically delicious. Your work is so versatile and equally impressive; great job with this mess!!

  4. This sounds delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!


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