Makin’ a Mess, Eton Style

Eton Mess is the classic, fuss-free British Summertime dessert

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And what an attractive pud it is

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Made only of thick cream, meringue and berries, it’s the perfect dessert to whip up last minute and still create quite a buzz around the table.

This dish was initially served at Eton College, although there’s speculation over where the name arose..

One story is that a Labrador dog sat on a picnic basket, squashing a strawberry and meringue dessert, and the owners tried it and loved it anyway.

I guess one mutt’s bum is another man’s culinary epiphany.

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To make 5 desserts I used:

500g frozen mixed berries

6 meringues

2tsp sugar

400ml extra thick double cream

200ml greek yoghurt

I used the greek yoghurt to make it a little thicker, but you could use all yoghurt or all cream if you like (yoghurt’s the slightly healthier option!)

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First, whip up the cream so it’s even thicker and holds its shape well, then add the yoghurt (if using) and the sugar to taste

(my berries were fairly sharp so I used a little more sugar)

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Break up the meringues into little pieces and stir into the cream

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Stir in 2-3 handfuls of berries (only enough to give the marbled effect)

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Now for the fun part, the construction!

I used spherical glasses to do individual portions but you could make a huge one

And I wouldn’t follow these steps too carefully.. afterall it is meant to be a mess so you can’t really go wrong!

Pop a small handful of berries and some meringue in the bottom of the glass

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Add a big dollop of yoghurt/meringue/berry mix

Top with a crumble of meringue

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Dollop some more cream on, and squeeze a bit of berry juice for a bright zap of colour

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Add a generous handful of berries and tada!

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A beautiful harmony of sweet crunchy meringues, creamy yoghurt, and sharp and sweet berries

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Sumptuous, Indulgent and Sticky.

Three things every person should aim to be.

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