Eton mess is an easy recipe, perfect for summer family gatherings in the garden or nice desert after dinner. It is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream. It is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School. The word mess may refer to the appearance of the dish, or may be used in the sense of “a quantity of food”, particularly “a prepared dish of soft food” or “a mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together”. A recent myth is that Eton mess was first created when a meringue dessert was accidentally crushed by a dog while travelling to picnic at Eton College, but what could be salvaged was served as a crushed meringue with strawberries and cream. Classic Eton mess is a quick, crowd-pleasing dessert when made with shop-bought meringue. It’s also a great way to use up broken homemade meringue. Classically Eton mess is made with whipped cream, meringue and strawberries, but you can add anything from a dash of port to a splash of ginger cordial for a twist, or try it with raspberries, bananas and pineapples.
200 g fromage frais, chilled
200 g low-fat Greek yogurt, chilled
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
1 tbsp strawberry liqueur
6 meringues, roughly crushed
350 g strawberries, hulled and halved
Put the fromage frais and yogurt into a large bowl and stir to combine.
Add the sugar, strawberry liqueur, meringues and strawberries. Mix together gently and divide among six dishes.