Strawberry Eton Mess
Imagine a dessert resembling a deconstructed version of strawberry shortcake, where crispy meringue cookies replace the cake, and everything is playfully tossed together. This timeless dessert captures the essence of a British Summer with its delightful blend of strawberries, cream, and mint. Surprisingly easy to make, the meringues will gracefully soften over time, offering the perfect texture.
For simplicity, store-bought meringues are the go-to choice.
The cherished and timeless British dessert, Strawberry Eton Mess,
can be traced back to the esteemed Eton College, one of England’s renowned private schools. Though its exact origins are subject to some debate, it is widely believed to have emerged in the late 19th or early 20th century.
According to one account, the dessert’s creation was a serendipitous event during a cricket match at Eton College. A pavlova-like dessert, comprising meringue and whipped cream, was intended for the players but was accidentally dropped or crushed. The inventive kitchen staff, rather than discarding it, served the mishap in bowls, and to their delight, the students adored it, thus giving birth to the “Eton Mess.”
Another version of the story credits the Eton College picnic tradition for the dessert’s inception. Allegedly, the meringue, cream, and strawberries were intentionally combined in a mess to simplify serving and eating during outdoor gatherings.
Regardless of its precise beginnings, Eton Mess became an integral part of Eton College’s culinary offerings and later gained popularity throughout the United Kingdom.
Nowadays, it is not only savored within prestigious institutions but also relished in homes, eateries, and gatherings across Britain and beyond.
In a large mixing bowl,
whip the double cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until it forms soft peaks.
Gently fold in the crushed meringue nests, being careful not to overmix.
Add half of the sliced strawberries to the cream mixture and fold them in gently.
Take serving glasses or bowls and start layering the Eton Mess.
Begin with a layer of the cream mixture, followed by a layer of the remaining sliced strawberries.
Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of strawberries on top.
Optionally, you can reserve a few whole strawberries for garnish.
Refrigerate the Strawberry Eton Mess for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Serve chilled and garnish with the reserved strawberries and mint leaves if desired.
Enjoy, Good Appetite!