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Food, Dessert. Eton Mess, Dessert Delight ( Lancing Mess if you like Bananas!)

Updated on February 16, 2012

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Eton Mess designed to please
Eton Mess designed to please
Another dish of Eton mess looking slightly messier!
Another dish of Eton mess looking slightly messier!
Strawberries, Glorious Fruit of Summer.
Strawberries, Glorious Fruit of Summer.
Meringues, a major constituent of Eton Mess
Meringues, a major constituent of Eton Mess
The Ingredients for Eton mess
The Ingredients for Eton mess
Cream, the crowning Glory of Eton Mess
Cream, the crowning Glory of Eton Mess

Capture Summer's Delights

Trust the English to come up with a delicious dessert with a mind numbing name! This Summer pleasure, Eton Mess, was devised as part of the most important celebration in the school calendar, the Fourth of June, birthday of the founder George lll. Eton College is the school next to Windsor (of castle fame) just outside London and is the desired institution for the very wealthy and well connected to educate their sons. It was actually founded in 1441 as a charity school. The celebrations take place on the banks of the River Thames at Eton, not on the fourth of June as one might expect, but on the last Wednesday in May. It is a Procession of boats, some of them vintage, followed by a festive Tea party and Fireworks. The crowning glory of this auspicious occasion is the Eton Mess Dessert said to have been devised in the 1930s.

As can be expected, it is a rich and delectable desert, a rich confection of Strawberries, Meringue and whipped cream. The adult version is often spiked with liqueur. The "mess" may also be made with bananas. Lancing College has a similar version called Lancing Mess but who knows who devised it first! It is called a mess because it looks it! One of the great things about this desert is that everything can be prepared in advance, the cream can be whipped and set in the fridge, the strawberries can be left to macerate and at the last minute the meringues can be crumbled and everything mixed lightly together. It should be done just before serving otherwise it will be a real mess. The meringues will get soggy if they are mixed in too soon and not be a pretty sight.

Here is the recipe. Substitute Bananas if you prefer. A dash of your favorite liqueur adds an extra sparkle if liked. So simple a college boy could make it!

Ingredients

1lb of fresh ripe Strawberries,

6 meringues crumbled into bite sized pieces

Half pint of double whipping cream

1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar or your favorite Liqueur.

Method

Wash and cut up the Strawberries tnto bite sized pieces removing the green hulls. Place one third in a large bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add sugar to taste (i tablespoon? ) Add the remaining strawberries and mix well . Leave to stand for at least an hour, a dash of your liqueur may be added at this stage or a tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar.

Whip the Cream until it is doubled in size and it stands up in peaks.

Fold in the meringue pieces carefully followed by the marinated strawberries.

Serve in pretty glasses. A sprig of mint makes a nice adornment. Admire and enjoy!



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Last Words

When I grow up, you will me bless For the wonderful Dessert called Eton Mess!
When I grow up, you will me bless For the wonderful Dessert called Eton Mess!
Cream, the Magic Ingredient in Eton Mess. ....All Photos courtesy Flickr....
Cream, the Magic Ingredient in Eton Mess. ....All Photos courtesy Flickr....

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    • Gypsy Willow profile image
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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks Mark, I love cream so both types suit me. I'll try the orange juice, sounds good.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Yum and easy too. Thanks for the comment!

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      ChristineVianello 7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Oh my Yum........

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for stopping by Uriel, It tastes as good as it looks. It is very popular in the UK these days.

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      Uriel 8 years ago from Lebanon

      This...is..a..yummy..mess...my..stomach..is..already..making

      weird..sounds...just...looking..at...the..photos:D

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      Uriel 8 years ago from Lebanon

      This...is..a..yummy..mess...my..stomach..is..already..making

      weird..sounds...just...looking..at...the..photos:D

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      Alexander Silvius 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      The phrase is related to the story in the Bible, but the phrase itself is not in the Bible, now I'm confused too :-)

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Quicksand, hungry hubbers will know where to go for the recipes! Thanks for dropping by.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      You will succeed in creating a network of hungry hubbers!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Joy, thanks for sorting that out for me. I vaguely remembered it from my Sunday school days. Biblical language is wonderful,isn't it?

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      Joilene Rasmussen 8 years ago from United States

      Gypsy Willow, the Bible passage you referenced is: Genesis 25: 29-34. It describes how Esau came in from hunting, was quite faint with hunger (obviously had a bad day hunting), and Jacob had red lentils on to cook. Taking advantage of Esaus's spiritual short-sightedness, Jacob convinced him to trade his birthright for a bowl of soup. They both went away happy...for the moment.

      Later, Jacob wound up running for his life, after tricking not only Esau, but his father as well, to obtain the full blessing of the firstborn. He got the blessing (and was indeed blessed), but never made up for his trickery to his father or brother, as far as I can tell.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for finding the link to Wiki for me.. Now I am confused because the ref. is about Esau and Jacob, isn't it written in the bible?

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      Alexander Silvius 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I had to go and check on that reference for you Gypsy, because it is not in the Bible but instead is a common phrase, (not so common perhaps because I didn't know it), that refers to the birthright of Esau being sold for soup. I found a good short explanation in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mess_of_pottage. Thanks for the inadvertent education.

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      Joilene Rasmussen 8 years ago from United States

      I'll remember this in a good strawberry year. I've never heard of it before.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Jim You could make this for yourself very easily. Strawberries are my favorites too!

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      That sound easy and delicious. Oh and I love strawberries.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I have to admit that it is dream food! Horses are my favorite. thanks for dropping by.

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      AllMomNeeds2know 8 years ago

      Yummy, what is better than real whipped cream, strawberries, and meringues! More fantastic food. By the way I love horses. Like your pic.

      Fiona

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Yes it does. Say it like it is! Wasn't there a mess of potage in the bible?

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      Alexander Silvius 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      So simple - a college student could do it. Does "Mess" mean mess? It certainly looks that way!

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