Eton Mess – Easy recipe – Deliciously British & very stylish

Eton Mess
Fresh strawberries

YouTube video with detailed demonstration

Much loved for its finest taste and luxury appearance, Eton mess is a very popular dessert in the summer season in England and believed to be served at the annual cricket match at the Eton College in the late 19th century, where it got its name!

Who can resist this indulgent, sweet strawberry dessert? The occasional crunch of the meringues in the silky smooth cream, drenched in the sweet strawberry sauce and the taste of fresh juicy strawberries, make it a heavenly treat in the warm summer months, where the strawberries are in abundance.

The best news is that it takes only a few minutes to whip it up! Gather the ingredients needed and it’s just whipping the cream and wrapping all in it! Then, grab a spoon and let your taste buds go dancing!

Serve on a scoop of vanilla ice cream or just decorate a cake with it to give an absolute luxury taste and appearance!

Ingredients needed:

Juicy strawberries
For the strawberry sauce
Juicy strawberries200g and a cup full for garnishing
Sugar3 1/2 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Water1 tbsp
For the whipped cream
Double cream – whipping cream200ml
Icing sugar3 tbsp
Lemon juice3 drops
For Meringues
Buy a packet of good quality meringues from a supermarket

Let’s whip it:

1st Step: make the strawberry sauce

Strawberries, lemon juice, sugar
  • Place strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and water together in a pan and heat up gently until the strawberries are softened and floating in a sauce. This will take about 10-15 mins.
  • Send the sauce through a sieve to get a clear liquid without any seeds
  • Keep aside to cool.

2nd Step: Whip up the cream

Eton Mess will be a messy and undesirable lump if the cream is not whipped to perfection. It is very important to place the cream and the mixing pins in the fridge until needed and wipe the bowl clean and dry.

  • Take the cream and mixing pins out of the fridge and immediately pour cream into the bowl
  • Now start whipping at medium speed and gradually increase the speed to maximum. You will notice the cream thickens while mixing rapidly for 3/4 mins
  • Add icing sugar while beating in full power
  • Add lemon juice
  • Beat until stiff peaks form. When you lift the pins, the peaks must not drip but stay stiff and firm
  • Check the sweetness and add a bit more icing sugar in, if you desire to take the sweetness a little further

3rd Step: Assemble – the best part!

  • Slice a cup full of strawberries and drop them into the cream
  • Add some of the strawberry sauce
  • Crush some meringues and drop
  • Mix all together
  • Decorate with more strawberries, strawberry sauce sprinkled on the top, and meringue scattered on

or

  • Take a tall glass and drop chopped strawberries, then whipped cream and top it up with strawberry sauce. Continue the same layers until you reach the top.
  • Decorate with a sprig of mint
  • Place in the fridge for 2/3 hrs and serve chilled
  • Delicious!

My Amazon picks:

Fruit Custard – Fresh Fruits In Delicious Banana Custard Cream

fruit custard

This is one of my favourite summertime desserts! The cool, silky smooth texture of custard wrapped with sweet summer fruits can be on the top of the winning list if served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream!

The real bliss of summer is that varieties of fruits and berries are in abundance, making this delicious fruity dessert is a real joy!  As a matter of fact, the oranges and clementines taste more delicious in the summer months so, adding a lot of them will give this dish a noticeable zing!

As for the custard, no other flavour will beat the banana flavour as it goes deliciously well with this dessert. Scatter some coloured sprinkles and some jelly cubes to give an exotic look!

I believe that this is the best way to sneak a lot of fruits into kids’ diet without much cajoling.  If you are serving for kids under 5 years, make sure to cut the fruits into small pieces to avoid any chocking hazards.

Let’s make it: 

Make the custard first

  • Follow the instructions in the back of the packet and make the custard and leave it to cool
  • Cover with a cling film and place in the fridge

Slice the fruits

  • 1/2 hr before serving, sllice fruits and collect them in a bowl

Go for bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, kiwis, red / green grapes, cherries, blue berries, papaya, pinapple

Chill them

  • Add the fruits to the custard cream and give a good mix
  • Cover with a cling film and place back in the fridge until chilled

Serve it

  • Fill the cups with the fruity custard
  • Scoop vanilla ice cream and place on the top or toss some jelly cubes and sultanas just before serving.  You can add a few cashew nuts for an exotic taste
  • Serve within an hour because the fruits can go stale and change colour
  • Enjoy the delicious melody of fruits laced with scented banana flavour custard

Tips :

  • Remember to mix the required amount of custard powder in a small amount of milk first and then gradually add to the boiling milk while stirring as per the instructions in the packet.
  • Keep stirring the boiling milk with custard until it thickens slightly.  Do not stop stirring or else it will burn from the bottom.  Also, you have to stir it even after taking out of the flame to avoid forming any lumps.
  • I add 2 tbsp of sugar to 2 tbsp of custard powder for a sweeter taste.