Eton Mess Recipe with Pictures: Let the Kids Cook Monday!

Eton Mess: An English Dessert Recipe

Eton Mess, served in a jar.
Eton Mess, served in a jar. | Source

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Eton Mess: An English Dessert Recipe

Every year, Eton College plays a cricket match against Winchester College. A traditional dessert of whipped cream, meringue cookies, and fruit (usually strawberries) has been called by the name "Eton Mess" since the 19th century, as it is the treat of choice during the annual cricket match.

Early versions of Eton Mess are described as having ice cream, bananas, strawberries, and cream. The word mess may describe the appearance of this dessert (cream, fruit, and cookies tossed together). Meringue cookies are a more recent addition to this English dessert recipe - the strawberries are considered the most traditional fruit, though other berries (or bananas) may be substituted.

Store-bought meringue cookies may be used for this dessert. I prefer to make our own meringue cookies, which can be used for this dessert or eaten on their own. Eton Mess makes a wonderfully light, summery trifle-like dessert.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4 Eton Mess Desserts

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint strawberries, chopped into large pieces
  • 8 meringue cookies, broken into pieces

How to Make Eton Mess: Pictures

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My six year old cuts the strawberries with a butter knife.My four year old adds sugar to the strawberries.Matthew operates the electric mixer to make whipped cream.Both boys crush meringue cookies and add them to the cream.Nolan mixes the strawberries with the meringue/whipped cream mixture.
My six year old cuts the strawberries with a butter knife.
My six year old cuts the strawberries with a butter knife. | Source
My four year old adds sugar to the strawberries.
My four year old adds sugar to the strawberries. | Source
Matthew operates the electric mixer to make whipped cream.
Matthew operates the electric mixer to make whipped cream. | Source
Both boys crush meringue cookies and add them to the cream.
Both boys crush meringue cookies and add them to the cream. | Source
Nolan mixes the strawberries with the meringue/whipped cream mixture.
Nolan mixes the strawberries with the meringue/whipped cream mixture. | Source

How to Make Eton Mess

  1. Chop the strawberries into large pieces and place in a bowl with 2 teaspoons white sugar. Gently press down on the strawberries with a wooden spoon, and allow them to sit and generate their own syrup.
  2. Place a small bowl and the beaters to an electric mixer in the freezer. Once they are cold, add the whipping cream and the vanilla extract to the bowl, and mix at a high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Crumble the meringue cookies into the whipped cream. Leave some larger pieces for texture and crumble some of the cookies into fine dust. Fold the cookie pieces and crumbs into the whipped cream.
  4. Add half of the strawberry mixture to the whipped cream. Gently fold the fruit into the whipped cream.
  5. Add the cream/fruit/meringue mixture to four dessert glasses. Top each glass with the remaining strawberries. Serve immediately.

Eton Mess: Kids Cook Monday Outtakes

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Tasting some whipped cream - fresh off the beaters.A little chef is a little upset that he has to take turns with the electric mixer.A little chilly outside - eating their Eton Mess.Whoa - Daddy came home from work as Matt was mixing the whipped cream. They look a little surprised!Nolan loves his Eton Mess.
Tasting some whipped cream - fresh off the beaters.
Tasting some whipped cream - fresh off the beaters. | Source
A little chef is a little upset that he has to take turns with the electric mixer.
A little chef is a little upset that he has to take turns with the electric mixer. | Source
A little chilly outside - eating their Eton Mess.
A little chilly outside - eating their Eton Mess. | Source
Whoa - Daddy came home from work as Matt was mixing the whipped cream. They look a little surprised!
Whoa - Daddy came home from work as Matt was mixing the whipped cream. They look a little surprised! | Source
Nolan loves his Eton Mess.
Nolan loves his Eton Mess. | Source

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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Sometimes the messier the food looks, the better it tastes. What a great recipe for kids; your boys both seem to enjoy making it and eating it!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

I love this recipe as it is cool and simple - we've had warm weather recently, and there is nothing better than strawberries and cream! This is one of the simplest dessert recipes, ktrapp - the kids can do nearly everything on their own (I did make the meringue cookies from scratch, but they're simple enough to buy from the store to save some time).


Belew34 4 years ago

Omg my girls will love this so need to try :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Definitely try it, Belew34! It is very easy to make - don't add any sugar to the whipped cream, as the meringues and sugar from the strawberries are sufficient for this recipe. You can also layer the strawberries with the cookies and whipped cream to achieve a "parfait" kind of look. It is delicious!


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chspublish 4 years ago from Ireland

Too good to not miss(mess)...Well done!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, chspublish. The dessert is pretty simple, but tastes great!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Leahlefler, you must stop putting photos of your boys in these Hubs. I cannot concentrate on the recipe because they steal the show! Really, your children are gorgeous and so sweet that I love to see them in your Hubs.

This recipe sounds yummy. My son in law loves meringue cookies and I thought to make some on Father's Day. Now I will add some to this recipe. Thanks ror the great ideas.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Oh, thanks, Hyphenbird! I think they're cute, but I am extremely biased. Matt has a gash on his head from playing street hockey with a neighbor boy - so of course we had tee-ball photos the next day. Sigh... They do love cooking, and whenever I say, "Anyone want to give me a hand?" they come running up the stairs to the kitchen. They could do all of this one by themselves, which was really cool.

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