A Creamy, Sweet and Delicious No-Bake Eton Mess Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries, Home Made Meringues, and oodles of Cheesecake Goodness!
It’s Summer, it’s hot.. and all I want is Eton Mess. I have made my Eton Mess with Homemade Meringues so many times I can’t count. However, I wanted to try something a little different. Therefore, Eton Mess Cheesecake happened! It’s a delicious mix of a classic Buttery Biscuit base for the base of the Cheesecake, with a Fresh Strawberry & Philadelphia filling. It has freshly whipped cream on top, with some homemade mini meringue kisses, with even more fresh strawberries, meringues and freeze dried strawberries.
I wasn’t too sure how to approach making the filling to be strawberry like. In reality, you can make it strawberry like by using a coulis instead of fresh strawberries like in my No-Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, but this time I went fresh. I’ve tried this recipe several times now, and you can add a few more fresh strawberries to the filling, but you risk it not setting quite so much. I chopped mine quite fine, but they work in bigger chunks easily as well. If they are bigger, you can easily add more. I didn’t want the cheesecake to be overly strawberry flavoured, so I left it at that.
I made some homemade mini meringue kisses to top the cheesecake with, and they’re so much easier to make than you think. Simply whip the egg whites to soft peaks, and then start adding one teaspoon of caster sugar a time whilst whipping, and it’ll slowly turn into meringue! I used some Sugarflair Christmas Red Food Colouring to make my meringue kisses stripey, but this is entirely optional of course!
I honestly adore this recipe, and it’s the perfect summer dessert. If you’re not a fan of strawberries then you can easily make it with raspberries, blackberries, etc! I hope you love this as much as I do… ENJOY!
– 3 Medium Egg Whites
– 150g Caster Sugar
– Sugarflair Christmas Red Food Colouring
– 300g Digestives/Biscuits
– 150g Butter, Melted
– 2x280g Philadelphia Full-Fat Cream Cheese
– 100g Icing Sugar
– 300ml Double/Heavy Cream
– 1tsp Vanilla Bean Extract
– 100g Strawberries, chopped
– 150ml Whipped Cream
– Mini Meringues (as above)
– Fresh Strawberries
– Freeze Dried Strawberries
1) To Make the Meringues – Preheat the oven to 100C/90°C Fan and line two Baking Trays with Parchment Paper!
2) Separate the eggs into a spotlessly clean bowl (stand mixer bowl) and discard the yolks – or use them to make something else!! – but be careful not to get anything else in the egg whites such as a spot of yolk as this will ruin the meringue!
3) Whisk the Egg Whites on their own until soft peaks are form – it’ll double/triple in volume and look foamy and white, nothing like the normal egg white! Continue whisking the eggs on a Medium-High Speed and add the Caster Sugar a teaspoon at a time making sure its whisked in before you add the next spoonful. I realise this is time consuming, but adding the sugar any quicker will ruin it!
4) Once the sugar is all in the mixture with Meringue should be ultra white, glossy, and if you hold the bowl upside down nothing will fall out! If you’re brave, hold it above your head when you test it ? Put the 1cm round tip that you’re using into a Disposable Piping Bag with the end removed. Brush a few stripes of the Sugarflair Christmas Red Food Colouring into the inside of the Disposable Piping Bag that you’re using – I did three lines to make a pattern!
5) Pipe the Meringues onto the baking sheets – I use a 1cm round tip to make my little Meringue shells – Bake in the oven for 1 & 1/2 hours and then turn the oven off. Leave the Meringues to cool off completely in the oven till the oven is cold! This is very important that you leave them to cool off completely as if you take them out any sooner they will taste amazing, but they won’t crush down and they’d have the Chewy Meringue feel you can get sometimes!
To make the cheesecake:
1) To Make the Biscuit Base – Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb, or mash them up in a bag and add the melted butter – pulse a few times until it is combined well. Tip into a 8″/20cm Deep Springform Tin and press down firmly – chill in the refrigerator whilst you do the rest!
2) For the Cheesecake Filling – With an electric mixer (I used my KitchenAid) Mix the Philadelphia and Icing Sugar together until smooth, it’ll only take a few seconds – whilst whisking slowly, pour in the liquid double cream & Vanilla and continue to Whip the Cream Cheese/Cream Mixture until it is starting to thicken. (Don’t whip it too fast, I whisk it on level 6/10 on my kitchenaid maximum. Too fast and it may split.. better to be slightly under whipped than over whipped!)
3) Once its thick, fold through the chopped up strawberries. It might look a little odd at first as its quite a moist fruit mixing into a mixture, but be gentle and thorough! Spread onto the biscuit base and spread evenly. Leave to set in the fridge, covered, for 5-6 hours, or preferably over night.
4) To decorate the Cheesecake – Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin, and decorate with some whipped creamed and top each swirl of cream with one of your homemade meringues. Put some fresh whole strawberries into the middle of the cheesecake, crush over some meringues, and some freeze dried strawberries! Enjoy!
I use my Sugarflair Christmas Red Food Colouring for the food colouring as I only use concentrated colourings like these – supermarket ones won’t work as they’re too liquid.. but gel ones might!
I personally used Philadelphia Cream Cheese in this recipe as I find it the best Cream Cheese by far and it’s available in nearly every supermarket ever! You can also use Mascarpone, but they both MUST be Full-Fat!
I always set my cheesecakes in the fridge overnight otherwise they risk being a little sloppy still – you’re more likely to get a better result for the longer you leave it
This Cheesecake will last covered in the fridge for 3 days!
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