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The Best Classic Eton Mess Dessert (Naturally Gluten-Free)

Have you ever had an Eton Mess dessert? The classic English treat is a combination of fresh berries, crumbled meringue pieces and dollops of creamy whipped cream. This delicious delight is so indulgent and creamy that it’s said to have been invented by mistake at the world-famous Eton College in England and cricket. Whether or not that’s true or not, we can all agree this treat deserves regular rotation on every family’s dining table! So why not try making your own naturally gluten-free version with this easy recipe?

Eton Mess UK RECIPE

Easy Strawberry Eton Mess

Strawberry Eton Mess is a delightful and whimsical dessert that brings together the irresistible combination of sweet, juicy strawberries, airy meringue pieces, and luscious whipped cream. This classic British treat is not only visually appealing with its vibrant red and white hues, but it also offers a symphony of textures and flavours that will make your taste buds sing.

The simplicity of the ingredients allows each component to shine while also coming together harmoniously in a single bite. Strawberry Eton Mess is the quintessential summer dessert, perfect for enjoying on a warm, sunny day as you reminisce about the charming English countryside.

Why you’ll love this no-bake recipe:

  • Simple ingredients: With just strawberries, meringue, and whipped cream, this dessert is easy to prepare with minimal fuss.
  • Quick preparation: Strawberry Eton Mess can be assembled in minutes, making it perfect for last-minute gatherings or impromptu picnics.
  • Customizable: You can easily swap out the fruit or add additional toppings like nuts or chocolate shavings to suit your taste preferences.
  • Appealing presentation: The contrasting colours and textures make this dessert an eye-catching centrepiece for any table.
  • Light and refreshing: The combination of fresh fruit and airy meringue makes this dessert a perfect palate cleanser after a heavy meal.

Ingredients

  • 450 ml Double or whipping cream (¾ pint)
  • 4 tbsp Brandy
  • 90 g Meringues (Coarsely crushed) Buy them or make your own basic meringues
  • 500 g Chopped Strawberries
  • Strawberry halves (to decorate)
  • Mint leaves (to decorate)
mixed cream chopped strawberries and crushed meringue in a bowl

How to make Eton Mess with fresh strawberries

  • Whip the cream with the brandy until it just holds its shape. Fold in the crushed meringues and chopped strawberries.
  • Spoon the mixture into 6 glass serving bowls, cover, and chill for about 20 minutes or until firm.
  • Add the strawberry halves and mint leaves over the desserts just before serving.

FAQ’s

Can You Make Eton Mess In Advance

Yes, you can, but not mixed together. So prepare your ingredients and store them separately. Whip the cream ready with the brandy and store covered in the fridge. Chop the strawberries ready, cover and store them in the fridge. Crush the meringues ready and keep them in an airtight container.

How long does Eton Mess last in the fridge?

Eton Mess can last up to 3 days in the fridge. The meringue will start to soften by the end of day one but will still taste great.

Can I use Creme Fraiche instead of double cream for Eton Mess?

Yes, this cream works perfectly but use less brandy, or the cream will become runny.

Is Eton Mess healthy?

No, but you can reduce the calorie intake by substituting the cream for fat-free fromage frais or quark.

easy eton mess strawberry
Eton mess with strawberries

Eton Mess

Rachel
A light creamy, fruity dessert with a hint of brandy
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 364 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 450 ml Double or whipping cream (¾ pint)
  • 4 tbsp Brandy
  • 90 g Meringues (Coarsely crushed)
  • 500 g Chopped Strawberries
  • Strawberry halves (to decorate)
  • Mint leaves (to decorate)

Instructions
 

  • Whip the cream with the brandy until it just holds its shape. Fold in the crushed meringues and chopped strawberries.
  • Spoon the mixture into 6 glass serving bowls, cover, and chill for about 20 minutes or until firm.
  • Add the strawberry halves and mint leaves over the desserts just before serving.
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Nutrition

Calories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 21mgPotassium: 200mgFiber: 2gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 1119IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword creme fraiche, double cream
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