The traditional Eton Mess is made with strawberries, but it is possible to use other fruits Rhubarb Mess is a great example, or change the cream .
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
- 300 ml / 10 ½ fl oz whipping cream
- 1 tbsp fine sugar
- 100g / 3 ½ oz ready-made meringue
- 450g / 1 lb fresh strawberries
- 1 tbsp icing / confectioners sugar
- Place the whipping cream in a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and whip with an electric mixture until the cream is light and fluffy. Do not over whip - the success of the dish requires softly whipped cream.
- Break the meringue into large bite-size chucks and gently stir into the cream. Don't worry if some of the meringue crumbles just add this too.
- Place half of the strawberries into another large mixing bowl and press gently with the back of a fork to break up the strawberries slightly and release some of the juice. Stir gently into the cream.
- Halve, then quarter the remaining strawberries.
- Place the cream mixture into a 18 cm /7" trifle or glass serving dish, top with the strawberry pieces, chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator and sprinkle with the confectioners/icing sugar before serving. Alternately serve in individual size dessert bowl or glasses.
For home made meringue follow the link below for a step-by-step guide.