Recipe: Eton Mess
My mantra from now on is: If sausage fingers can make this, so can YOU! Haha! I think my fingers are a standing joke. Swelling is really an interesting concept. The textbook pictures become reality ;)
And as usual, I digress..back to the main point: ETON MESS!
Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the students of Winchester College. The dish has been known by this name since the 19th century. The word mess may refer to the appearance of the dish, or may be used in the sense of “a quantity of food”, particularly “a prepared dish of soft food” or “a mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together”
For the meringue:
2 egg whites
110g caster sugar
squeeze of lemon juice
few drops vanilla
Preheat the oven to 140C. Put the egg whites into a mixer and beat until you have stiff peaks. Slowly add the caster sugar until thick and glossy. Spoon onto a lined baking sheet. Bake the meringue for about 30 minutes, then leave to cool in the oven.
Just before serving, crunch it up a bit – the middle should still be squishy and foamy – and pop back in the oven at 150C for ten minutes or until it is a bit crunchier and golden on the outside.
punnet of strawberries/packet of frozen berries for added colour
200ml double cream for whipping/ whipped cream if you’re lazy like me :)
Chop the fruit into quarters. Softly whip the double cream. Mix it all together with 2/3 of the fruit all but a few pieces of meringue, then serve and top with the remaining fruit and crumble a little bit of meringue on top.