Let the kids loose making a Mess in the kitchen

Eton Mess

Here in England there is a famous school for boys called Eton. It is the school where Princes William and Harry studied, as well as a number of other famous British Men. Eton is also the home of one of the most delicious and easy to make desserts, Eton Mess. In fact Eton Mess is so easy to make that even the kids can prepare it.

A Brief History of the Name

The name of this dessert is often disputed, but it is widely believe that Eton Mess originated from an accident. The story goes that a chef at the boys school had prepared a lovely Strawberry Pavlova to be served to the boys following their annual cricket match against Winchester boys school when the dessert was accidentally dropped. Not wanting to waste the food, or prepare another dessert, the chef picked up what he could, added some left over whipped cream and mixed the ingredients into a large bowl for the children to eat.

This is a recipe so easy that after cutting the strawberries, I let my kids prepare the dessert today. Ella who is seven whipped the cream and Amelia who is five smashed the meringues and folded the ingredients together.

Eton Mess

  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: none
  • Skill level: easy

Ingredients

  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • ½ punnet raspberries
  • 250 ml whipping cream
  • 4 or 5 meringue nests
  • icing sugar to dust
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence

Method

  1. Wash and cut the strawberries, put them into a bowl and smash them by hand to allow the juices to run out. Lightly dust with some icing sugar and place them in the refrigerator to cool.
  2. Whip the cream, adding the vanilla for flavour.
  3. Smash the meringue nests, and add to the cream along with the strawberries and raspberries.
  4. Fold the ingredients together.

You can dust with a little icing sugar to make it look pretty, or just dive in and enjoy if you can’t wait!

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