Eton Mess Recipe

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 Updated 12/03/2017

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This is a traditional dessert that is named after the famous Eton public school, one of the most exclusive schools in England. If you have a glut of strawberries this lovely desert is for you. Very easy to make and very enjoyable to eat!

You may be interested to try this suggested menu:

Starter - Italian Avocado Salad
Main Course - Lymeswold and Watercress Flan
Dessert - Eton Mess


  • 2 tablespoons caster/superfine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soft dark sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1lb fresh strawberries, hulled and washed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur (optional)
  • 1 pint double cream
  • 2 level tablespoons vanilla sugar or caster sugar and 1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Preheat the oven to 110oC/225oF/gas mark 1/4.
  2. Sift the caster sugar and the soft brown sugar together into a bowl to remove any lumps.
  3. Put the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and whisk until very stiff but not dry.
  4. Adding a spoonful at a time, gradually whisk in the combined sugars, allowing the mixture to become very stiff between each addition.
  5. Line a baking sheet with nonstick baking parchment and pipe or spoon about 12 portions of the mixture onto the parchment, spacing them well apart.
  6. Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 3 - 4 hours or until the meringues have thoroughly dried out.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and leave the meringues on the parchment to cool.
  8. Toss the quartered strawberries in the orange flavoured liqueur if wished, then whip the cream with the vanilla sugar, or the sugar and vanilla extract or essence, until it will hold a soft peak.
  9. Break the meringues into smallish chunks.
  10. Immediately before serving, put all the ingredients into a large bowl and fold loosely together.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 240 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 portions


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