British Eton Mess

This light, sweet, crunchy, and elegant British Eton Mess is so simple! It’s made up of a creamy Chantilly Cream (essentially just sweetened whipped cream), a mixture of jammy Macerated Strawberries and last but not least, crisp and airy crushed meringue cookies!

This is our 6th recipe for our “Around the World Series” and we think these dainty little British Eton Mess are perfectly fancy and proper for England!Β 

If you’ve never tried Eton Mess before, then this is your sign to go make it right now! You’re seriously missing out, and once you try it, you’ll be amazed at how good it is!

What exactly is Eton Mess?

Eton Mess is a traditional English dessert, made with Chantilly cream (a sweetened whipped cream), a macerated strawberry, and crushed crisp and chewy meringue cookies. All the ingredients are then layered in a cup, parfait style, to make for a delectable treat!

The History of Eton Mess:

This dessert was invented in the 1930s at Eton College in England. It was traditionally made with strawberries or bananas and ice cream. Crushed meringues were a later edition to this dessert. It get’s it’s name “Mess” from it’s appearance and messiness.

These are also the perfect treat for a tea party, since they are of course British, but they are so fancy looking too! You can also have these on a picnic, which would be a lovely idea! (:

Meringue Cookies:

We like making our Meringue cookies from scratch, because they are better than store-bought, and our recipe is really simple! But meringues do take a bit of time, so to make this dessert even easier, you can just use store-bought meringues for Eton Mess, and they’ll work just as well!

As always, we hope you guys enjoyed this recipe, and if you try it out, be sure to comment down below, and tag us on our Instagram, because we love seeing everything you make! πŸ™‚

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British Eton Mess


Description

This light, sweet, crunchy, and elegant British Eton Mess is so simple! It’s made up of a creamy Chantilly Cream (essentially just sweetened whipped cream), a mixture of jammy Macerated Strawberries and last but not least, crisp and airy crushed meringue cookies!


Ingredients

Units Scale

For Macerated Strawberries:

1 + 1/2 lbs. strawberries

2 Tbsp. white sugar

For Chantilly Cream:

1 + 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For Meringue Cookies (or use store-bought):

2 egg whites

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup white sugar


Instructions

1. To make the meringues: In a medium-sized bowl, combine 2 egg whites, 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat that with a hand mixer for 7 minutes, until stiff peaks.

2. Now slowly add in 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating with each addition. Transfer the meringue to a piping bag, and pipe onto a lined baking sheet. Bake at 200 degrees F for 2 hours. Then open the oven door, and let it sit for 15 minutes.

3. To make the Macerated Strawberries: In a medium bowl, add in 1 lb. of halved strawberries, and mash with a fork, until pureed. Add in 2 Tbsp. of white sugar, and add in the remaining 1/2 lb. of diced strawberries. Set aside.

4. To make the Chantilly Cream: In a small bowl, beat together 1 + 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract. Beat that until medium-soft peaks.

5. To assemble: First crush up your meringue cookies. To a parfait cup, layer on some of your cream, crushed meringues, a few spoonfuls of the macerated strawberries, and repeat the layers again! Top with a nice dollop of cream, a halved strawberry and a meringue. Repeat; this recipe makes about 4-6 Eton Mess.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins.
  • Chill Time: 10 mins.
  • Cook Time: 0 mins.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 300