Eton mess recipe

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  • Nut-free
serves: 6
Skill: easy
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 5 min
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  • This Eton mess recipe makes a lovely, easy delicious pudding made with broken meringues, strawberries and cream. The best bits of summer combined into one easy dessert! This Eton mess recipe takes just 10 minutes as we’ve used ready-made meringues to make it super speedy.

    Add raspberries, blackberries or blueberries (or whisper it, melted chocolate) as a topping or drizzle with port, kirsch or Cointreau for an easy boozy version.

    If you fancy a challenge and have a bit more time, here’s how to make your own meringues from scratch!

    Ingredients

    • 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)

    Method

    • 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.

    • Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks, then fold in the berries and juices.

    • Crush the meringues and fold into the strawberry and cream mixture.

    • Spoon the Eton mess into individual dishes. If you like, you can decorate with extra strawberries.

    Top tip for making Eton mess

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

    Eton Mess is a classic British pudding. It gets its name from the famous Eton College where Prince William and Harry went to school. It is called Eton Mess because it is the dessert traditionally served at Eton College's prize-giving picnic on June 4th .

    Its name came about after being annually served at Eton College’s cricket game. It became a popular treat for the teams and was mentioned in print in 1893. It’s popularity grew from there. Classic Eton mess ingredients include meringue, cream and strawberries.

    If you want to make your Eton mess dessert ahead of serving, we’d recommend prepping the ingredients instead and storing in the fridge. Assembling the Eton mess in advance will make the ingredients soggy and blend.

    You ideally want a crisp meringue crunch, fresh strawberry taste and cool, creamy cream.

    If you want to give your Eton mess a twist why not swap the strawberries for raspberries or blackberries instead for an autumnal version. If you want to give it a healthy twist, swap the cream for Greek yogurt instead. Or for an adult version or naughty treat add a dash or two of port, kirsch or Cointreau.

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