Eton Mess: The Ultimate British Summer Dessert

Meringues, cream, and fresh berries are smashed together to make this classic British dessert
Eton Mess

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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
645
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 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
31g
44%
Sugar
22g
24%
Saturated Fat
11g
46%
Cholesterol
56mg
19%
Carbohydrate, by difference
86g
66%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
172µg
25%
Vitamin B-12
4µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
13mg
17%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
106mg
11%
Choline, total
16mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Fluoride, F
3µg
0%
Folate, total
259µg
65%
Iron, Fe
20mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
45mg
14%
Niacin
13mg
93%
Phosphorus, P
205mg
29%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
400mg
27%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
3µg
20%
Water
73g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.