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Truth: Some people just aren’t fans of pumpkin pie, but that’s because they’ve never had a bite of Erin McDowell’s creamy pumpkin Eton mess. Allow her to explain.
“Eton mess is usually made with fresh fruit or jam,” the author of The Fearless Baker tells us, “and that is really delicious…but this is a fall-ified version of Eton mess. It’s sort of like eating a bite of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, but with meringue instead of pie crust. It tastes just like what you think pumpkin pie tastes like.
“This is also a really easy recipe to make if you just want to use store-bought meringue cookies,” she continues, “but if you make your own, you can add a little dusting of pumpkin pie spice to the top to zhuzh them up.”
As far as presentation goes, McDowell assures us that there’s no wrong way to do it: “You can crumble some of the cookies, you can leave some of them whole for the presentation, you can even let people build their own if someone wants just a bite of dessert or someone wants a big bowl. You can build it in one large serving bowl, you can build it on plates…it’s such a flexible thing.”
We’d like one big serving bowl all to ourselves, please and thank you.
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