Author Notes: Eton Mess is, in basic terms, a deconstructed pavlova. It was ‘created’ in the 1920′s at Eton College’s annual cricket tournament, when a dog accidentally squashed a picnic basket containing a pavlova, ultimately crushing it. Since then, it’s been a summertime favourite in England.
A little prep is needed for this dessert, but once you have all the ingredients prepared it takes literally 2 minutes to assemble. —Amelia
ounces Meringues, crushed
ounces Strawberries, sliced
pint Heavy Cream
tablespoons Caster Sugar
tablespoon Lemon Juice
teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- First, make the raspberry coulis, as this will need to chill in the fridge before you construct your dessert (I made this the night before).
- 1. In a small saucepan, over a medium-low heat, add the raspberries, lemon juice, vanilla essence and sugar. Use a fork to lightly crush the raspberries, and stir gently for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool.
- 2. In a large mixing bowl, pour in the cream, sugar and vanilla essence. Use an electric whisk to whip the cream. I started on a low speed then graduated up to high, for 2-3 minutes, until the cream formed stiff peaks.
- Now you’re ready to begin construction! 3.Have your dessert bowls / glasses ready. In each, begin with a tbsp of cream, followed by a tbsp of crushed meringue. Spoon over a tbsp of coulis, then repeat with the cream and meringue. Top with chopped strawberries and tsp of coulis to garnish.