Eton mess is a lovely mess of crunchy meringues, soft whipped cream and fresh strawberries. They combine to make up this easy and delicious dessert.
Classically old school and always included on any list of British strawberry desserts. Eton mess has been traditionally served at Eton College in London since the 1930's, typically during cricket matches.
This dessert is so easy to assemble. If you can use an electric whisk, then you can enjoy this British classic.
Meringues, either store bought or homemade (I like to make my own) are broken up in to large pieces then layered with sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries. If you have time to make ahead, try and make your own meringues, if not, store bought will work just fine.
If you choose to make meringues, don’t be intimidated. To be honest, I had not made them before making this dessert and they came out right the first time. If you use room temperature egg whites and whip them in a very clean bowl (the bowl must be clean to ensure the whites whip up as fluffy as possible) until they are stiff, you can’t go wrong.
I piped them into a pretty shape using a large star tip, but you can also just spoon mounds onto a parchment covered baking sheet. They are then baked in a low, 200-degree oven because they need to be crisp, but not browned.
The next time you entertain; wow your guests with this dessert. It can be assembled ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve and it's the perfect way to finish off a meal.
So you’re probably wondering what the mess part of the dessert is? This dessert can be assembled however you like, usually messy (hence the name) by mixing the strawberries with the cream and layering with the meringue.
I'm all about presentation (because you eat with your eyes first) and there's nothing very messy about my offering, but however you present it, it tastes good and goes down well.
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