Monday, January 10, 2011

Eaton Mess (a)

EATon mess
eatON mess
eaton MESS

doesnt it just sound like the most crazy delicious thing ever??? Now, say it with a pommy accent:
 'bit o' eaton mess of dessert lovey?' 

Eaton mess is traditionally made with strawberries and served at Eaton colleges annual cricket game against Winchester college. How very dardy. Mum suggested I make eaton mess for dessert, just to try it out. I changed the recipe a little though.
My english friend Jenny was around for dinner, and she said it was perfect, even better, and even dad ate it (and he doesnt like sweets!)
So...try this for a perfect summer dessert that is sure to impress everyone...

Eaton Mess

yes, its supposed to look messy...

300ml cream
1 tspn vanilla essence
1 tspn icing sugar
20 small meringues
125g raspberries
125g blueberries

Place cream in a large bowl, add vanilla and icing sugar and whip.
Break meringues into bite sized pieces, you should have about 2 1/2 cups worth.
Use a fork to squash raspberries, but roughly, leave a few whole.
Add meringues, raspberries and blueberries to the cream.
Fold mixture together, don't mix too much, you want the meringue to stay whol and the raspberries to be sperate from the cream (ie: no pink cream)
Serve immediately

Whipped cream can be made earlier, but don't add the meringue or berries until you are ready to serve.
See for how to make mini meringues!
Use frozen raspberries if you can't get fresh ones
Other fruit such as strawberries and banana or passionfruit can be used instead!

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