This week’s recipe is the perfect dessert for an impromptu Olympic party. It’s been on our specials menu this last week, and always gets a lot of love. An irresistible mixture of pieces of meringue, whipped cream and strawberries, this dessert bursts with the flavors of British summer.
Rumor has it the name came about after a pavlova was dropped at the famous boarding school. In true British style, it was scooped up and served – along with the new name!
Tea & Sympathy’s Eton Mess
A word of warning: do not mix this dish in advance. You can prepare the separate components, but fold together at the last moment to prevent the meringue melting into the cream.
1 lb strawberries
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pint whipping cream
4 meringue nests
- Chop strawberries, removing any nasty bits. Put into a bowl and sprinkle with sugar.
- Whip the cream in a large bowl until it leaves peaks when the whisk is removed. Be careful not to overdo it!
- Crumble the meringue nests into the cream. Be uneven with it: different sized lumps make for more interesting mouthfuls!
- Add a third of the strawberries to the mixture and fold in.
- Spoon the mess into serving dishes and top with the remaining fruit.