Eton Mess is a classic British dessert that is simple to make yet incredibly delicious. It’s traditionally served during the summer months, especially in the United Kingdom, and is often associated with the annual cricket match held at Eton College, which is a prestigious English private school.

Eton Mess

Recipe by caion
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes

The dessert is a delightful combination of whipped cream, crushed meringue, and fresh berries. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (cornflour)

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups mixed fresh berries (such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a clean, dry bowl, start making the meringue. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks.
  • Gradually add the sugar, a spoonful at a time, while continuing to beat the egg whites. Make sure the mixture is glossy and all the sugar is incorporated.
  • Gently fold in the white wine vinegar and cornstarch into the meringue mixture. These ingredients help give the meringue a crispy exterior and a marshmallow-like interior.
  • Spoon dollops of the meringue mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, creating small meringue nests. You can make them as large or small as you prefer.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 250°F (120°C). Bake the meringues for about 45-60 minutes, or until they are crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. They should easily lift off the parchment paper.
  • Allow the meringues to cool completely.
  • While the meringues are cooling, whip the heavy cream and vanilla extract together until you have stiff peaks.
  • To assemble the Eton Mess, crumble the cooled meringues into bite-sized pieces.
  • In serving glasses or bowls, layer the crushed meringues, whipped cream, and mixed berries, repeating until you’ve used up all the ingredients.
  • You can also drizzle some berry coulis or sauce over the top for extra flavor and decoration, if desired.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy your homemade Eton Mess!


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