Eton Mess – Recipe

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!

Eton Mess

Ingredients

400g Strawberries
1 tbsp Icing Sugar
300ml Double Cream
1 box of Meringue Nests
Fresh Mint

Method

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.

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