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Eton Mess Recipe

Eton Mess

Rating 5-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
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Graham

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Is Eton Mess THE most British pudding of them all? It may have been invented by a bunch of public schoolboys, but Eton Mess works wonders for us all. I was first introduced to Eton Mess at Middletons Steakhouse & Grill , a beautiful old courthouse building, in Norwich, UK. that just happens to serve some of the best steaks in town! And what better way to end a great steak dinner than with Eton Mess. Meringue, mascarpone and fresh raspberries, what's not to like about this?

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 strawberries, bananas or pineapples.

      Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

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Ingredients for Eton Mess

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to serve 6:
3 punnets (about 1lb)
fresh raspberries
2 - 3 teaspoons
raspberry liqueur (or Grenadine or vodka if you prefer)
8½ fl oz
whipping cream
2 oz
vanilla sugar
3½ oz
caster sugar
9 oz
mascarpone cheese
3 oz
meringue nests (about 6 nests)

 

How to Cook Eton Mess

  1. First of all, make a raspberry coulis or sauce. In a saucepan place two of the three punnets (approx 12oz - 350g) raspberries with the liqueur, and cook on a slow heat until the fruits start to soften. Use a fork to roughly mash the mixture then leave to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, and using an electric hand whisk, whisk the cream with both sugars to nice soft peaks. In another large bowl, stir the mascarpone around to soften it, then fold in the cream.
  3. To build the mess, break and crumble the meringue nests into individual glass dishes and, in a very informal way, add the cream mixture with a slight stir, trying to make it look as attractive as possible but as random as possible. Pour over some raspberry coulis then top with the remaining fresh raspberries.


Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
If you want to make this dessert sensational, just before serving sprinkle some popping candy (pop rocks candy) on the top and wait for the astonished reactions of your guests! (You'll need about 3 sachets of strawberry popping candy)
 
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Reviews of Eton Mess

Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again May 16 2015
This has become my go-to summer dessert - it's so easy and everyone loves it. I substitute a little pomegranate juice for the raspberry liqueur if I'm serving it to kids but, since I usually am serving it to adults, I go a little heavy on the liqueur! I even found some cute little martini glasses to serve it in!
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Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again February 07 2014
This was easiest & most refreshing dessert I've made to serve at dinner gathering. It was without doubt a smash. Everyone wanted seconds. I didn't have any pop rocks (don't even know what they are!!) but I had some extra meringue left and I added a few extra pieces to the top of each dessert. Everybody loved the extra crunch & sweetness.
(2 reviews)
 

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