Friday, 18 July 2014

Messy Eton Mess...with a twist.

Eton mess is one of those classic English desserts that everyone's heard of, and every gastropub in the country now serves. Legend has it, it came about at Eton after a Pavlova or meringue dessert of sorts was dropped accidentally... much like the story of the tarte tatin. However Wikipedia tells me this is just urban myth and has been around much longer. Anyway whatever the origin, its become quite a fashionable dessert in restaurants recent years but is so ridiculously easy to make, why not do it yourself.

Now I've never been much of a fan of the recent craze in catering of adding an unusual ingredient to things, which somehow works. Hell, I don't even like sweet and sour curry or ham and pineapple. However I was recently brave enough to try the 'ol balsamic vinegar and strawberries tip, and I have to say it really works, really bringing out the flavour of the strawberries. Apologies for the photos... it really is impossible to make Eton mess look anything other than a mess.

Ingredients
300ml double cream
6-8 meringues (go for it if you want to make your own, but mostly I think lifes too short.)
300g punnet of strawberries
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tip icing sugar

  • Add 5-6 medium strawberries, hulled, to a blender and blend until mostly smooth.
  • Add the icing sugar and vinegar and blitz again, add more vinegar to taste if preffered.
  • Whisk the cream until stiff peaks form, and break in the meringues.
  • Hull the remaining strawberries and cut in half, add to the cream mix.
  • Serve in bowls or large glasses and drizzle the balsamic/strawberry sauce on top.

This should serve 4 people. It should. Doesn't mean to say it has to though.


Enjoy!

Emily Kate

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