Eton Mess

May 1st, 2011

Eton Mess

Late to the royal wedding and what to do… I’ve missed the opportunity to post some timely British recipes and the wedding is now yesterday’s news. Oh, well. Eton Mess is still worth talking about. This is just a lovely fresh dessert that takes all of a few minutes to prepare.

It’s just a simple mix of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, sugar and meringue.

Eton Mess

What’s a meringue? If you are an American, like me, you might be wondering that. It’s sort of a hard little sugary puff. It took me a while to find a store that carries these little puffs. They add a nice texture and a little sweetness to the soft cream and fruit.

Eton Mess

Ingredients
  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons fine sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 pack individual meringues
Directions
  1. Hull and chop the strawberries and put into a bowl and add the sugar and leave to macerate while you whip the cream.
  2. Whip the cream in a large bowl by hand or with an electric mixer until thick but still soft. Roughly crumble in 4 of the meringues – you will need chunks for texture as well as a little fine dust.
  3. Fold the strawberries into the meringue cream, reserving about half a cup of the fruit.
  4. Arrange in 4 glasses or in a mound, and top each with some of the remaining macerated strawberries.
Eton Mess
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