Strawberry Eton Mess
Sad? Bored? Does life seem to be messy right now? Turn to Eton Mess! This sweet treat will surely make your day. If you are a fan of meringue and whipped cream, then this dessert is definitely a must-try. There is nothing fancy, but trust me, it is 100 percent D E L I C I O U S! And it is gorgeous too, especially if it is studded with strawberries.
What is Eton Mess? This right here is a traditional British dessert that is made with strawberries, meringue, and whipped cream. Back in the 1930s, Eton Mess was first served with strawberries and bananas with cream or ice cream. Meringue was a later addition.
Can it be made with other summer fruits? Yes, of course, but when talking about traditional, strawberries are on top of the list. You can’t go wrong with strawberries anyways.
This Strawberry Eton Mess is made with homemade meringues, whipped cream, and lots of strawberries. It is quite easy to make and really impressive. Just let the meringues sit a little bit to get the right texture.
2 large egg whites (at room temperature)
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 c. caster sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 c. heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
For the strawberries:
1 pound fresh strawberries (hulled and quartered)
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 167 degrees Fahrenheit and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy.
- Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar while increasing the speed.
- Continue to whisk the eggs until they form a stiff, glossy peak. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk until just combined.
- Pipe the meringues onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for about 2 hours. The meringues should easily peel off the parchment paper.
- Turn off the oven but let the meringues cool off inside the oven with the door slightly open for about 2 hours or even overnight.
- Place the heavy cream and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Add the vanilla. Whip until combined.
- Place the strawberries and lemon juice in a bowl. Let sit at room temperature for about half an hour.
- Place half of the strawberry in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Keep the remaining for decoration.
- Crumble the meringues and fold them into the whipped cream. Be sure to reserve a few for decoration.
- Start layering Eton Mess using 4 decorative glasses in this manner: a few spoonfuls of strawberry sauce and then cream mixture. Repeat the layering as long as there is still room.
- Decorate using sliced strawberries, a sprig of mint, and a few meringues.
- Do not refrigerate the meringues. You can store them in an airtight container for several days.
If you want to cut down on prep time, you can make use of store-bought meringues.
Strawberry Eton Mess is, indeed, crowd-pleasing. The combination of crisp meringues, juicy strawberries, and whipped cream is so perfect!