Eton mess

Eton Mess – very British and very stylish – easy recipe

Eton Mess
Fresh strawberries
Fresh and juicy 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!

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easy Fruit trifle recipe – A glorious dessert for Any occasion

Fruit trifle
fruit trifle

Enjoy making this beautiful Fruit Trifle, adding extra colour to any occasion!

The glorious appearance of this beautiful dessert and its addictive taste is indeed a true winner! The usual traditional English Trifle has a generous amount of whipped cream, which I deliberately avoided and added custard cream instead. This, in turn, gave this dessert a lighter texture so that you won’t feel too heavy after tucking into it!

The joy of tossing any fruit comes in the season is the best thing about this dessert. I always opt for mangoes, pineapples, apples, banana, grapes, oranges and many other choice of fruit available at the green-grocer.

Also, make the sponge cake, Jelly in two colours and the custard cream, on the previous day to make the whole process easier. The recipe for the sponge cake is given below, which is the best choice for this pudding. Do not use the usual butter cake/pound cake/fruit cake even if you are tempted because they tend to crumble and spoil the texture. The sponge cake stays neat, absorbing the juices and contributing a great deal to the overall taste.

Ingredients needed:

Sponge cake (thinly sliced) Recipe given below1
Pineapple (stewed) Recipe given below1
Condensed milk2/3 tbsp
Custard cream (Vanilla flavour)-Make according to the
instructions are given in the packet
2 mugs
Strawberries, apples, grapes (red & green), raspberries, blackberries, cherries, mangoes or any other fruit
(If you take bananas, slice and sprinkle some lemon to prevent blackening)
1- 2 cups each
Jelly in red and green colours2 cups
Tuti fruiti1 cup
Cashews (optional)
Sultana (optional)
Ingredients – Sponge cake slices, jelly, stewed pineapples, custard cream, tuti fruiti and sliced fruits

Let’s assemble all to produce this beautiful trifle;

  • Choose a tall Pyrex dish and arrange a neat layer of sliced cakes on the bottom
  • Arrange strawberries around the dish which will look pretty from outside. You can arrange grapes, bananas or any other fruit of your choice
  • Pour some pineapple syrup on the cake slices
  • Scatter some pineapple pieces on top
  • Cover with a thin layer of custard cream
  • Now, arrange a layer of jelly cubes
  • Throw any kind of fruit pieces on top
  • Again, a layer of cakes must be arranged
  • A dash of pineapple syrup and pineapple chunks must go next
  • Custard cream
  • Fruits
  • Jelly
  • Cakes
  • The layers must continue until you reach the top
  • Pour 2tbsp of condensed milk
  • Smear a layer of custard cream as the last layer
  • Arrange strawberry slices or any other fruits and decorate attractively
  • Sprinkle tuti fruiti, cashews, sultanas or any dry fruit pieces
  • Store in the fridge for at least 8hrs, preferably overnight
  • All the juices will get soaked up and blended beautifully when you serve. Cut into squares and serve on dainty dessert plates
  • Enjoy!

Sponge Cake Recipe

Ingredients :

Eggs4
Sugar120g
Flour120g
Butter50g
Milk60ml
Baking Powder1tsp
Lemon3/4 drops
Salt3 pinches

Let’s Make it:

  • Set the Oven at 160C
  • Melt the butter on a pan under low heat. Mix half of sugar, milk and salt. Keep aside
  • Separate the egg whites and yolks taking care not to mix even a tiny bit of egg yolks in egg whites
  • Beat egg whites in full speed using an electric hand mixer for 1 min
  • Continue beating while adding the rest of sugar and lemon juice
  • Notice the egg whites become stiff and start forming peaks after 2/3 mins. Stop beating at this point
Egg whites form into peaks!
  • Whisk the egg yolks and add the butter mixture. Whisk until all combined
  • Gradually add flour + baking powder and mix thoroughly with a spatula or a wooden spoon until everything comes together as a smooth batter
  • Now, add the egg yolks into this batter and mix everything together
  • Pour into a tray, lined up with parchment paper and bake in the lower tier of the oven for 15/20 mins or until a skewer comes out clean when stabbed in the middle
  • Take the cake out of the oven and drop the tray 2/3 times on the pantry top to loosen the edges. Take out from the tray and leave to cool completely
  • Cut into thin dainty slices

Pineapple Stew Recipe

  • Cut a juicy, riped pineapple into chunks
  • Drop the chunks into a pan with a 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water with a pinch of salt
  • Simmer under very low flame until the pineapple pieces become very soft
  • Check the taste. If the sugar is not enough, add a little bit more
  • If the syrup is less you can add a bit more water and simmer a little longer
  • Done!

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.