Summer Desserts - Eton Mess Recipe
Summer is officially here and with that comes a new menu of fresh tasty foods suitable for warmer weather! Here in the UK, we have some old favourites and Eton Mess is definitely one of them.
Eton Mess is made from crunchy, light meringue, whipped double cream and sweet summer berries. You pile it high and mash it all together and it makes a dish that might not look neat, but certainly looks appetizing. It is one of the best summer dinner party desserts, is picnic-friendly and is very easy to make in advance. It can be assembled quickly at the last minute and meringue can also be frozen if you want to prepare really far ahead of time.
As the story goes, Eton Mess was always served at the annual summer cricket match between British schools Eton and Harrow. Apparently, it dates back to the 1890s and I am not surprised it has stuck around so long given how delicious it is.
Eton Mess is one of those traditional British foods that everyone has to try, especially on summer days. Here is my easy Eton Mess recipe that breaks it down into step by step instructions.
Eton Mess Recipe
Eton Mess Ingredients (serves 6)
3 large egg whites
150g white caster sugar
500ml double cream
500g strawberries (you can add raspberries and blueberries too if you like)
Preheat the oven to 120 C / 250 F and line a tray with baking paper.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks being very careful not to get any yolk at all in the white.
Put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk until they turn white and form soft peaks that don't slide around the bowl (the old trick is to hold the bowl upside down over your head and if it doesn't all fall out, it's ready. But this is a high risk...). This may take a few minutes, so keep going! You will really need an electric whisk. People have been known to do it by hand but you'll need phenomenal speed and stamina.
Now, a small bit at a time, add the sugar whilst continuing to whisk. The egg white/sugar mixture should become silky, opaque white and glossy and once it is all combined turn off the whisk.
Spoon the mixture onto the lined baking tray in six blobs and use the tip of the spoon to swirl them into little mounds with a peak.
Place in the oven and bake for one hour until they have a crisp outer shell and are lightly browned.
Turn the oven off and allow the meringues to cool whilst still inside it. This lets them dry out really well, it's a great tip I picked up from my mum. Once they are cool, take them out and either keep them in an airtight container or serve them immediately.
Once you're ready, pour your double cream into a bowl and whisk until it thickens up.
Slice your berries and put them in a bowl.
Now, you can either make one giant Eton Mess by adding the meringue, cream and berries to a large dish or bowl and smashing it all together. Or, you keep it all separate and allow people to make their own which I personally think is more fun.
Tip: if you want to make your Eton Mess healthy, try using plain live yoghurt instead of whipped double cream.
Wondering what drink to serve with Eton Mess? Try Pimms! You won't find a more quintessentially British drink. Find out how to make Pimms properly and enjoy doubling down on the best British summertime food.