Eton Mess is the classic, fuss-free British Summertime dessert
And what an attractive pud it is
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.
To make 5 desserts I used:
500g frozen mixed berries
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!)
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)
Break up the meringues into little pieces and stir into the cream
Stir in 2-3 handfuls of berries (only enough to give the marbled effect)
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
Add a big dollop of yoghurt/meringue/berry mix
Top with a crumble of meringue
Dollop some more cream on, and squeeze a bit of berry juice for a bright zap of colour
Add a generous handful of berries and tada!
A beautiful harmony of sweet crunchy meringues, creamy yoghurt, and sharp and sweet berries
Sumptuous, Indulgent and Sticky.
Three things every person should aim to be.
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