Friday, June 1, 2012

Recipe: An Eton Mess

An Eton mess is a traditional English dessert made up using a mixture of fresh in-season strawberries, broken pieces of meringue and fresh softly whipped cream. The name derives from Eton College where it is traditionally served at the school during their annual cricket game.

When it comes to quick and easy desserts, this is definitely up there with being the easiest, simplest and tastiest. It is a firm favourite with kids and a sneaky way to introduce delicious fresh fruit into their diet. This is without doubt the simplest recipe I have posted but one which is a firm favourite in my house!


Serves 4

Shopping List:

- 300ml Glenisk Organic Cream
- 8 Meringue Nests
- 350g Wexford Strawberries (washed and hulled)
- Mint or Sweet Cicely to decorate


Method:

1. Crush the meringue nests into small chunks and set aside. In a large bowl, softly whip the cream.

2. Set aside 4 large strawberries, place the remainder in a food processor, purée the strawberries and fold through the cream mixture (if you don't have a food processor just crush them well with a fork in a bowl)

3. Spoon into 4 serving glasses, top with a whole strawberry in each and decorate with mint leaves.
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Photography: Jakub Walutek
Styling:  Dermie