My Wife’s Notes – 2010 Dirty Laundry Hush – Raspberry Mint Eton Mess

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Raspberry Mint Eton Mess

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • splash Hendrick’s gin
  • 16 leaves fresh mint
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries

(Note: the meringue must be made at least 2 hours before serving, and lasts well in the freezer if you want to make a large batch)

Preheat the oven to 275F. Mix egg whites, 1 tsp vanilla, and cream of tartar in a bowl. Beat with a a mixer until soft peaks form. Very slowly add 1 cup of sugar while beating until the mixture starts to stiffen.  On a baking sheet covered in parchment or wax paper, spread the meringue mixture about 1 inch thick. Place the baking sheet in the oven and set the timer for 1 hour.  When the timer goes, turn off the oven, but leave the baking sheet in the oven to dry for an additional hour.  When the meringue is dry, remove from the oven and break into pieces approximately 1 inch wide.

While the meringue is in the oven, put the 2 cups of raspberries (fresh or frozen) into a small saucepan on medium-low heat.  When the berries have disintegrated from heat, add 12 leaves of fresh mint.  Boil for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, and remove from heat. With a fine strainer over a bowl, separate the raspberry seeds and mint leaves from the juice.  Discard the seeds and mint, and return the juice back to the saucepan on medium-low heat. Add 1/8 cup sugar, and boil the mixture until it reaches the consistency of maple syrup. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pour the whipping cream and 1 tsp vanilla into a chilled bowl, and beat until the cream begins to thicken. Slowly add the icing sugar, and continue to beat until the cream reaches desired consistency.

In the dessert glasses and bowls, layer pieces of meringue, strawberries, whipped cream and raspberry mint syrup.  Top with a few leaves of fresh mint. Serves 4-6.

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I’m no stranger to Dirty Laundry’s line-up, but I was reminded that I hadn’t tasted their rose in a little while.  Called Hush, this is one of Alana’s favorite summer sippers.

I remember this wine tasting like berries, so I decided to go a little different with my food pairing this week.  This wine isn’t very sweet, but I figured it would pair really well with a twist on the classic Eton Mess. My mom used to make this for us as kids, and I never get tired of it.

My Notes:

While pouring this out of one of the best looking bottles in the Okanagan, your nose is hit with fragrant sun-ripened berries. As bright on the tongue as it is in the glass, this vibrant pink-red wine is crisp and clean, with juicy strawberries and raspberries as the primary flavors. The pairing with Eton Mess is exceptional, with the raspberry and strawberries accentuating the flavor of the wine, the cream giving the wine a bit more body, and the mint adding just a hint of freshness. 89 points on its own, 91 with dessert.

My Wife’s Notes:

“I know I was supposed to save some of the dessert to pair with the wine…but I think you should know by now that if you put food in front of me, I will eat it. And come on, you know I love this wine.”

2010 Dirty Laundry Hush. $19.99 at the Dirty Laundry Wineshop or online at dirtylaundry.ca


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