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British recipes: Eton Mess

A champagne glass with Eton mess, topped with fresh strawberries and mintEton Mess is one of the easiest desserts to make and it tastes fantastic when strawberries are in season (which is right now in Europe).  Eton mess is very versatile, see below for variations but this is the most traditional version.

Eton mess got its name in Britain as it’s served at Eton College and it can look like a bit of a mess!

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 300 ml whipping or double cream
  • 450 gr (1 large punnet) fresh strawberries
  • 4 ready-made meringue (100 gr)
  • 1 teaspoon of fine sugar

Method:

Hull all strawberries and cut into quarters.  Put half of the strawberries in a bowl and mash up with a fork.

Break the meringue up into large pieces, about 1 inch.

Add the sugar to the cream and gently whip.  You want the cream to be floppy, not too stiff.

Gently fold in the mashed strawberries (including the juice), quartered strawberries and meringue pieces into the cream.

Serve the Eton Mess with extra strawberries and some mint leaves on top.

[box title=”Variations” box_color=”#6D6E72″]You can add all different kinds of fruit such as raspberries and blackberries.  You can also add different flavourings, such as a dash of port or liqueur to the cream.[/box]

 

 

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