Eton mess

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  • Serves: 6

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  • Costs: Mid-price

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • 5 a day portion1
  • Child friendly
  • Romantic
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  • Make in advance

This classic Eton mess recipe is so simple. Eton mess is one of the easiest desserts to rustle up, made with broken meringues, strawberries and cream, it's everyone's favourite pudding. You'll want to make our Eton mess recipe over and over again - it really couldn't be easier and takes a total of 10 minutes to make, which means it's great for when you're having friends over. It gets it's name as it is the dessert traditionally served at Eton College's prize-giving picnic on June 4th. For a speedy pud, use ready made meringues, but if you fancy a challenge, you can make your own! This recipe makes 6 portions and shouldn't break the bank to make either. If you want to add more fruit to the mix, go for it! We'd recommend raspberries, blackberries or blueberries. A drizzle of port, kirsch or Cointreau will turn this summer dessert into an adult-only version.

You could try using different berries like raspberries, blueberries or a combination of fruits


  • 6 ready-made meringues
  • 570ml double cream (or use half Greek yogurt for a healthier version)
  • 450g strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 75 ml port, kirsch or Cointreau (optional, for a more grown-up version)


  1. Cut the strawberries in half or into thick slices if they're big. Place in a bowl with the port, kirsch or Cointreau if using, cover and chill for 2-3 hrs.
  2. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks, then fold in the berries and juices.
  3. Crush the meringues and fold into the strawberry and cream mixture.
  4. Spoon the Eton mess into individual dishes. If you like, you can decorate with extra strawberries.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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