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Great British Feast – Eton Mess

Marco Pierre White

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Eton Mess is a classic, old-world, British dessert. Originally thought to have been invented by accident at Eton public school.

Whatever the circumstances surrounding its origin, this sumptuous dish has become part legend, part culinary heaven, and is an iconic British dessert.


Eton Mess Recipe

The Ingredients

The Meringue

  • 8 Egg White
  • 400grams Icing Sugar
  • 1 Lemon

The Mess

  • 1 punnet small strawberries
  • 1 punnet raspberries
  • 15 – 20 grams of icing sugar

Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 500ml double cream
  • 400g icing sugar
  • ½ vanilla pod (or a few drops of vanilla essence to taste)
  • 1 small tub of quality vanilla ice cream


Sprig of fresh mint

Lets get started

If you are one of the many people that worry about making meringue, don’t. Lets take it step by step.

The first thing to do is separate the egg whites. You can do this by cracking the egg in half and transferring the yolk from shell to shell, while letting the white of the egg fall into a bowl. Another method is to break an egg into your left palm and let the white drip through your fingers into the bowl. (Make sure that no yolk goes into the white).

Now lets make the meringue. Whisk the egg whites vigorously until they form stiff peeks. Take a third of the icing sugar and add it to the egg whites in the bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add another third of the icing sugar and again whisk thoroughly. Finally add the last of the icing sugar and whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved. Lastly add half the juice of the lemon.

The mixture in your bowl should now have formed into soft peaks. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a wide nozzle. Squeeze the mixture into rows on a baking tray. You are now ready to bake. The oven should be set to a low heat (100F/ 20C). Bake the meringue until completely dry – this should take 1-2 hours. Leave to cool. When cool break the meringue up into small pieces.

Now for the fruit. Take half of the strawberries and all of the raspberries and place them in a bowl. Add the 15-20grams of icing, then using the back of a folk reduce the fruit to a pulp. For now just leave the mixture to one side.

As for the rest of the strawberries, cut them into halves and add into the bowl of vanilla cream. Now gently fold in the broken pieces of meringue.

The next step is to make the vanilla cream. Pour the double cream into a bowl and add the seeds of the vanilla pod (or Essence to taste) and the 400g of icing sugar. The mixture should be whipped until it just starts to thicken.

Now for the fun bit!

To serve the Eton Mess take 4 nice bowls or glasses (they should be chilled first) and put a scoop of the ice cream mixture into each. Next spoon a tablespoon or two of the fruit pulp on top of the ice cream. Last, but not least, divide up the cream and meringue mix between the 4 bowls/glasses. Garnish with a mint sprig. Chill your Eton Mess until you are ready to eat.

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