Eton mess is a classic British dessert and a must for any strawberry lover. It is named after Eton college where it is served every 4th of June at the college’s annual cricket game against Harrow school.
As a bonus, it is extremely simple to make and takes very little time or preparation.
One word of advice though: only use fresh strawberries. The frozen or tinned kind just don’t work.
There are many variations of this recipe. Any summer fruit can be used to replace strawberries. Greek yoghurt can be substituted to cream for a lighter version. Vanilla can be also added as an extra twist on flavour.
- 300 ml whipping cream
- 1 tbsp caster or fine sugar
- 100g ready-made meringue
- 450g fresh strawberries
- 1 tbsp icing or confectioners sugar
- Place the whipping cream in a large mixing bowl
- Add the sugar and whip with an electric whisk until the cream is light and fluffy. Be careful, the cream must be softly whipped..
- Break the meringue into large bite-size chucks and gently stir into the cream. Don’t hesitate to add meringue crumbs into the cream too.
- Place half of the strawberries into another large mixing bowl and press gently with the back of a fork to break up the strawberries slightly and release some of the juice. Be careful not to puree the fruits.
- Stir the strawberries gently into the cream.
- Halve, then quarter the remaining strawberries.
- Place the cream mixture into a bowl or glass
- Top with the strawberry pieces
- Chill for 30 minutes in the fridge. Sprinkle with sugar before serving.
Make sure you eat this dessert on the day it is made. The meringues will go soft quickly.