The English are very simple folk, that's why they created this most
supreme of summer recipes. Sliced strawberries and meringues mixed up
with whipped cream make a superb tasting creation. Drizzle over
strawberry puree for perfection.
Double (whipping) cream
Shop bought meringue nests
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Eton is the most famous independent school in England. It is situated
near the River Thames and Windsor in the South of England. Offering
possibly the best education in the world, it was the school no less than
18 British prime ministers.
Eton Mess was an invention from the annual Eton "Fourth of June"
celebration. So the story goes a dog sat on on a picnic basket
containing, amongst other foods, strawberries and cream. In true English
style the participants at the picnic simply ate the squashed
strawberries and cream whilst keeping a stiff upper lip. They liked the
taste so much that Eton mess was born.
The meringues were a later addition, giving the dish an appealing
crunchy element. Many other fruits can be substituted for strawberries,
commonly raspberries, bananas or any combination of them.
Keep the ingredients in the fridge until needed, this is a sweet best served
Break up the meringues into bite sized irregular chunks. Forget baking
your own meringues, it's far to much trouble and the shop bought ones are as
good quality as home baked meringues.
Remove the strawberry stalks and cut them in half or into thick slices
if large. Place half the cut strawberries and all the icing sugar
into a blender and blend for 20 seconds into a puree.
Whip the cream
until it starts to thicken but hasn't turned solid.
Add the meringues to a large bowl, pour in the cream and the strawberries. Add
half the puree and stir it all together gently with a spoon. The aim is to get a
red / white marbled effect rather than a pink overall colour.
serving dishes and drizzle over the remaining strawberry puree. Keep
refrigerated until served.
Although Eton Mess is traditionally made with strawberries, many recipes use
raspberries. Just substitute the same weight of raspberries as strawberries.
On the left is is our raspberry version. The taste of raspberries has more of a
tang, a more "grown up" taste. On balance, we preferred the raspberry Eton Mess.
You make your own choice.