Strawberry Eton Mess - This quick and easy traditional English dessert is made from a mixture of whipped cream, strawberries, and meringue. Either layered like a trifle or mixed into a delicious mess.
Strawberry Eton Mess
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Author: as easy as Apple Pie
Course: Dessert

This crowd-pleasing dessert is a combination of crisp meringues, whipped cream, and juicy strawberries!

Servings: 4 -6

For the Meringues:
  • 2 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Strawberries:
  • 1 lb (450 grams) fresh strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups (480 grams) heavy cream chilled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 75 degrees C (167 degrees F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form. 

    Increase the speed and gradually add the sugar. Keep whisking the eggs until they form a stiff, glossy peak. (If you rub a bit between your fingertips, it should feel smooth).

    Add the vanilla extract and whisk until just combined.

  3. Pipe the meringues onto the prepared baking sheet. (I used Wilton 2D star tip).

  4. Bake for about 2 hours or until the meringues can easily peel off the parchment paper.

    Turn off the oven and let the meringues cool completely inside the oven with the door ajar for a couple of hours or overnight.

  1. Combine the strawberries, lemon juice and sugar in a bowl. Let the berries sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 

  2. Place about half of the strawberries in your food processor and blend until smooth.

    Keep the remaining strawberries for decoration.

Whipped cream:
  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, place the heavy cream and sugar. Beat, on high speed, until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla and whip until combined. 

  1. Crumble the meringues and fold them into the whipped cream (reserve a few cookies for decoration).

  2. Using 4 decorative glasses, start layering the Eton mess.

    Begin with a few spoonfuls of strawberry sauce, followed by the cream mixture. Repeat as room allows.

  3. Decorate with the sliced strawberries, a sprig of mint, and a few meringues.

    Serve immediately.


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Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (1 portion) — Calories: 367, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 58mg, Carbohydrates: 24g, Sugar: 24g, Protein: 4g

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