Eton Mess is a classic British dessert – one that I hadn’t even tried until recently. But with Wimbledon having just finished on our screens and fresh strawberries being picked all around the country, it would be a shame not to share in the love of great British strawberries.
Traditionally, Eton Mess is made with homemade meringues however I’ve opted for ready-made ones this time. I could have made them from scratch with egg whites and sugar, but all that time and effort that goes into the creation of the meringues seems a bit of a waste when they just get crumbled in to the mixture to provide a different texture.
Also, if you don’t have strawberries – don’t worry! You can substitute them in this recipe for other fruit such as raspberries or peach and it would work just as well. But this is a perfect dessert for these warm summer months, especially for busy working parents like me!
1 tbsp Icing Sugar
300ml Double Cream
1 box of Meringue Nests
Wash, hull and quarter the strawberries.
Using a hand blender, puree half the strawberries with the icing sugar until smooth.
Pour the cream into a large bowl and whip with a hand whisk until soft and thick.
Crumble the meringue nests into the cream, making sure that the meringue is in bite-size chunks.
Set aside 8 quarters of strawberry for garnish and add the remaining strawberries to the bowl and mix together until combined.
Divide the mixture between 4 glasses or serving dishes, top with the strawberry puree and add the strawberry pieces and mint leaf for garnish.