Eton Mess: The Ultimate British Summer Dessert

Meringues, cream, and fresh berries are smashed together to make this classic British dessert
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This sweet, summery dessert is so simple, so pretty, and so delicious.

This recipe is courtesy of Delia Online.

6
Servings
345
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • egg whites
  • 6  Ounces  caster sugar
  • 1  Pound  strawberries, hulled
  • 1  Tablespoon  powdered sugar
  • 570  Milliliters  heavy cream

Directions

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

In the clean bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the caster sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking between each addition. Continue to whisk until the egg whites are forming soft peaks again.

Place spoonfuls of the egg whites in rows on the lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven and bake for 1 hour. After 1 hour, turn the oven off, and leave the meringues in the oven to dry out overnight.

Chop half of the strawberries into small pieces. Place them in a food processor with the powdered sugar, and blend to a purée. Pass the purée through a sieve to remove the seeds.

Roughly chop the remaining strawberries, and whip the cream.

Break the meringues up into 1 inch pieces and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped strawberries and whipped cream and gently fold the mixture together.

Gently fold in all but 2 tablespoons of the purée, to create a marbled effect. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish, pour the remaining purée over the top, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
27g
39%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
56mg
19%
Carbohydrate, by difference
29g
22%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
173µg
25%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
45mg
60%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
99mg
10%
Choline, total
20mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Fluoride, F
6µg
0%
Folate, total
34µg
9%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
21mg
7%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
118mg
17%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
94mg
6%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
140g
5%

Summer Dessert Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Summer Dessert Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.

Summer Dessert Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.