I first discovered this delicious dessert called Eton Mess when I watched a cooking show on TV. It looked so delectable and yet so easy I had to give it a try. It has since become a firm favourite in our home. It is a British dessert which was apparently served at Eton College’s prize-giving picnic, so glad I stumbled upon this recipe. If you haven’t tried making a Strawberry Eton Mess yet now is the time.
Eton Mess, to me, is almost a comforting dessert, everything literally gets dumped into one bowl and yet turns out heavenly. Its all mixed together and becomes one big delicious mess. Just the way I like it. If you want to show off your “cheffy” side you can layer the three ingredients. I haven’t yet found another dessert this simple and delicious. This one has just 3 ingredients, strawberries, cream and meringues. Making my own meringues is a mission so I settle for store bought ones. I actually found some pink ones made with strawberry juice this time.
When I am in the mood to get all fancy I use different fruit or make a berry coulis to drizzle over my Strawberry Eton Mess. But I actually prefer it this way, no fancy frills. You can also use any berry, mango or even passion fruit. I have also seen recipes with some pistachios sprinkled over for that extra crunch.
Due to the simplicity of this Strawberry Eton Mess you can make it any day of the week. If you are making it for guests you can prep the ingredients in advance and put all together when serving. I love the different textures in this dessert, the airy, melt-in-your mouth texture of the meringues, the richness of the cream and the little crunch from the strawberries.
I added just a little sugar to the strawberry sauce. The meringues are sweet enough and I prefer not to add too much sugar. However, you can add more sugar when whipping your cream if you prefer a sweeter version.
More Sweet Treats to try:
Strawberry Eton Mess
- 100g meringues you can add more meringue if you prefer
- 1 cup/250ml fresh cream whipped
- 250g strawberries or mixed berries
- 9 strawberries See note 3
- 2 tspn castor sugar
- Whip the fresh cream until soft peaks form. Be careful not to overmix
- Set aside 9 strawberries from the 250 gram. Chop up the strawberries.
- Break the meringues into pieces, you can keep some whole to decorate if your prefer.
- Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and gently fold them. Serve immediately. You can decorate them with more strawberries and meringue.
- Chop the 9 strawberries in halves. Place in a blender with the castor sugar and blitz until it's a smooth sauce
- You can add a layer of the cream mixture at the bottom of a glass, drizzle some strawberry sauce over, add another layer of cream mixture, another drizzle of sauce and top up with more of the cream mixture. Decorate as desired
- You can use any store bought meringue or you can make your own
- You don't have to use the sauce, mixing everything together and serving them in a bowl is perfect
- My strawberries were quite small so I used 9 for the sauce, if you have larger strawberries you can use less