The Fat Radish Boys Bring Dessert

Sweet Stuff for Your Next Potluck

Dear Fat Radish Boys,

I’m going to a potluck picnic this Sunday and it’s my job to bring the sweet stuff. What’s an easy-to-serve dessert that’s not going to end up on my lap!?

Sally, Copenhagen, DMK


Dear Sally,

As a Brit the whole “potluck” thing is fairly new to us. When we do get invited to them, the pressure is always on- Phil tends to cheat and bring drinks to these things and leaves me with the cooking. Desserts are normally the hardest thing. When I was training to be a chef, desserts always seemed to be done by the neatest, quietest and most patient guys in the kitchen (all things I am not). I developed a few great desserts that are perfect for these sort of occasions, and providing you don’t have too many cocktails beforehand, should not end up on your lap.

This one is called Eton Mess, basically a really messy pavlova. We used mixed summer berries in this recipe, but you can use whatever fruit you like.

Good (pot) luck!


Eton Mess Dessert

2 cups sugar
10 egg whites
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp white vinegar
½ cup crushed pistachios
2 pints raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries
2 cups heavy cream
1 vanilla bean
½ cup + 4 Tblsp powdered sugar
fresh mint
Beat whites until they begin to froth. Gradually add sugar and beat until completely dissolved and stiff peaks are formed.
Beat in cornstarch and vinegar.
Spread on a parchment-lined sheet pan and dust with crushed pistachios. Bake at 225 F for 2 hours, or until dry and firm.
Smash the berries with the 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar.
Whip the heavy cream with the vanilla bean and ½ cup powdered sugar.
Crumble the baked meringue and fold together with the whipped cream and berries.
Spoon in serving dish and top with more crushed meringue, pistachios and mint.