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Eton Mess Dessert with a Twist! A Scrumptious Summer Pudding!

Updated on September 13, 2014
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Eton Mess Dessert with Pimms and Grilled Strawberries

This Eton Mess recipe uses two very English summer ingredients: Pimms and strawberries! Traditionally, Eton mess dessert is made with a delicious chilled mixture of fresh strawberries, thick whipped double cream and fluffy crispy meringue.

Eton Mess is a quintessential English summertime dish and is great to make for a light dessert treat on a hot day. My version elaborates on the traditional Eton Mess recipe by adding in another English speciality - Pimms, and as a further twist I grill the strawberries. I also use 0% Greek yogurt as this makes this dessert much more healthy than using cream. Give this recipe a go! I promise it will finish off a summer meal perfectly!

Why is Eton Mess Called Eton Mess?

According to legend, a dog sat on a picnic basket at the yearly prize giving event at the famous English school Eton and squashed the ingredients together! Eton Mess is still served annually at Eton's July 4th picnic and prize giving and is a firm favourite with us Brits as a summer treat.

Traditional Eton Mess

Traditional Eton Mess
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My Version of Eton Mess

My Eton mess version is actually two different recipes put together, half a Weight Watchers recipe and half a Jamie Oliver Recipe. I substitute the cream for 0% Greek yogurt, I find Greek yogurt to be lighter and fluffier than cream, and less sickly. It is also thicker than ordinary natural yogurt, and cuts through the sweetness of the strawberries in a wonderful way. To set it apart from traditional Eton Mess, I use part of a Jamie Oliver recipe by grilling and marinating the strawberries with Pimms, stem ginger and vanilla seeds.

This dessert is meant to look a mess, it isn't an elegant dish! You get a gorgeous colourful combination of hot and cold, crunchy and smooth, spicy and sweet - that will leave your taste buds zinging for more!

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The Ingredients for My Eton Mess Recipe - this recipe serves 4 people

500g (1.1lbs) of Strawberries

This dessert is all about the freshness and sweetness of the strawberries! Buy strawberries that are grown close to where you live, they will be fresher than ones that have been flown thousands of miles to the store. Even better, grow your own!

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Two Shots of Pimms

Pimms is a gin based spirit, flavoured with herbs and liqueurs. Pimms means summertime for us Brits, and it is served in a long glass with ice, lemonade, mint and summer fruits. It is delicious!

If you want to read more about the historic drink of Pimms - click here: Anyone for Pimms

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1 x Vanilla Pod & 3 x Balls of Stem Ginger

The smell of a vanilla pod is so beautiful and goes very well with strawberries. They are expensive to buy, but worth every penny. You will need the seeds from this pod which you remove by slicing the pod length ways and scraping the seeds out with a knife.

Sweet and spicy warm, stem ginger adds depth to this recipe and enhances the juicy sweetness of the strawberries. Stem ginger comes in a jar with a sugar syrup.

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500g (17.5oz) of Greek Yogurt

I use fat free 0% Greek yogurt, which is healthier for you. I like the way it cuts through the sweetness of the meringue. I find cream a bit too heavy, but you may prefer it.

Fromage Frais and Mascerpone are two other options to try. Whatever takes your fancy!

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Two Medium Meringues Per Person

I'm afraid I use shop bought meringues, because I am lazy like that!

Home made meringues would be much more delicious! Here is a simple recipe for making meringue shells: meringue recipe at Epicurious.com

Jamie Oliver's Recipe for Eton Mess....

I took part of Jamie's Oliver's recipe for Eton Mess for inspiration for my version of this delicious dessert. Check out Jamie's recipe here:

Grilled Strawberries with Pimms and Vanilla Ice Cream

So Lets Make Eton Mess!

a quick and easy recipe to follow

All these photos are my own and not professional - I apologize for their quality!

Pre heat your grill to a medium heat. Chop up the stem ginger and place in a bowl, add three tablespoons of the stem ginger syrup.

Slice the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds, add them to the bowl. Add two shots of Pimms to the bowl and mix the whole lot together.

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Wash and hull the strawberries, cut them in half and place them on their bottoms in a snug fitting, shallow oven proof tin or dish.

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Pour over the stem ginger and Pimms mixture. Place the vanilla pod on the top.

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Slide under a medium heated grill for 10 minutes, or until the strawberries begin to blacken and the mixture bubbles. After a few minutes, the vanilla pod will begin to burn, so take it out and throw it away.

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Place a couple of scoops of Greek yogurt per person into four bowls. Break up the meringues and stir into the greek yogurt. Add the grilled strawberry mixture, and garnish with a mint leaf! Serve up and enjoy! Alternatively you could just put it all into one large bowl, scatter mint leaves on the top and let everyone dig in and help themselves.

The Result! Eton Mess Dessert with Grilled Strawberries, Greek Yogurt and Pimms!

Yes it is a mess!

You can serve this delicious Eton Mess dessert in tall glasses, like this.....

My Eton Mess

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Or if tall glasses are too fussy for you, simply just scoop everything into a bowl, like this!

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Are You a Fan of Eton Mess? - or let me know if you have your own recipe for Eton Mess!

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      I've definitely heard of Eton Mess - it's a fairly well known dessert - but for some reason have never tried it. This recipe looks absolutely delicious. And I didn't realise that Pimms was a main ingredient. I look forward to this. Thank you.

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      myraggededge 4 years ago

      Yummy! I passed up the chance of having some a few days ago - now I'm sorry! Your photos are fab, by the way. x

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      Tescos do a killer Eton Mess in their frozen section. Never thought of adding alcohol to it when assembling from scratch though... sounds wonderful!

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      Marie 5 years ago

      Oh yummy, this is delicious. I love the idea of soaking the fruit in pimms. Yum!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      This sounds good! I never heard about this before. I would like to try some! Thanks for sharing.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I have never heard of it until now, but for sure I will be a fan of it. My kind of food. Yummy. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      I haven't tried this before but now, I will. Looks so yummy and tempting! Nice lens! God bless.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      I have never tried Eton Mess, but this sounds delicious!

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh my, oh my! I'm out the door to stock up on some Pimms (number one cup is it?) so I can make my own Eton Mess

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Yummy! This looks fantastic! Great lens, squidlike

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Holy Smokes, I had not a clue what I was in for with the title of "Eton Mess." I must admit that I am heartily happy to see such a splendid dessert recipe!

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Perfect summer dessert and I personally love greek yoghurt and strawberries, so I'm sure it's not only a pretty dessert but one that's good for you too.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Oh this sounds good.

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful mess, I look forward to eton it...

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      surfer1969 lm 5 years ago

      Something different,I use to make cakes using fruit juice to give the cake a different color and taste.They didn't last long when I made them.lol I might have to do a cake lens to talked about It.lol Nice lens too.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      First I heard of it, but I want to eat it!

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      Just love it

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Looks like a parfait. Never heard of it till I saw this lens. You did a wonderful job on this lens.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I love the picture with the two glasses. So tasty.

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      I feel hungry after I saw your lens. thanks for sharing this delicious content.

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      domjohnson lm 5 years ago

      I've had Eton Mess before and it was delicious! Good lens. :)

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      MerlinFan 5 years ago

      I hate to say this but I have never heard of this recipe before, but rest assured I will be trying this one! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention! Wonderful lens!

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      jessicahoward 5 years ago

      it looks mouth watering and delicious receipe.....even love strawberries very much and i am going to try this at home and enjoyed with family members...

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I have never tried this before, but it looks interesting! Blessed!

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      It may look like a mess but it's really yummy. Great lens.

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      tradeiswear 5 years ago

      so beautiful!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I haven't had this yet but it looks superb--I love the ingredients and would love it with Greek yogurt. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Definitely :)

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Looks good to me. I love strawberries.

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Wow, these look really yummy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Eton mess, the only mess I don't mind cleaning up. :)

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Love strawberries...yum

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      love it...I haven';t heard of Pimms in years!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This dessert looks really good, I have always loved to eat fresh strawberries in the summer, I have not tried this recipe yet but I know that having the ginger pieces will give the Eton Mess a distinct flavor. Great photos too.

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      YourFirstTime 5 years ago

      You had me at 'pudding'. Gawd it looks better than sex!

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Love it!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Interesting

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Oh goodness that look so good!

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Oh goodness that look so good!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      Pimm's sounds delicious. We'll have to try it in your recipe this summer. Thanks!

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      HtCares 5 years ago

      This looks scrumptious! I have the strawberries and yogurt already, so all I need to do it pick up a few other ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Sounds good. I had never heard of Pimms before.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      This looks delicious...and strawberries are in season !... I'm off to the store to gather up the ingredients. Thank you for this yummy recipe.

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      lilPinkfairy288 5 years ago

      That looks yummy. I love eating strawberries.

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      Andycakes 5 years ago

      It's pay day and shopping day. Guess what I'm having for dessert? We've already got the Pimms and the vanilla pods. This sounds and looks awesome!

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      Not strawberry season yet but I can't help myself: say "strawberries" and I run to you in no time!

      Once again, this dessert attracts me like no other one.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Never tried this one before, but it sure looks very tempting.

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      great recipe.Thanks for sharing

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Fun! Thanks for the timely recipe. We've still got local fresh strawberries. Now I just have to find the Pims. And, oh yeah, I'm going with the whipped cream. No yogurt on this one for me.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Hi! Looks great to me, and refreshing for the summer. I'll try this... thansk

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      Great topic and great pics! The restaurant at the National Gallery does a rather nice Eton Mess.

      My only comment about your revised recipe is that it's ALWAYS worth looking at the ingredients in yoghurt. I've been rather dismayed of late to find how many producers ladle the sugar in to something i always considered pure and natural. Pure unadulterated yoghurt is fine - but not all are!

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      Writing Nag 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      new to me but yum! this sounds delicious!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      A wonderful treat for hot weather who wants to cook when it's already baking

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      It looks very interesting and yummy.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I hadn't heard of this before, but it sounds really good.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Fabulous desert. Yummy.

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      PurplePansy LM 6 years ago

      I just learned about something new. I've never heard of Eton Mess, but it sounds really good. I will have to try this.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have my mouth watering with this amazing creation of Eton Mess, had never heard of it before, what a treat this would be for Easter and Mother's Day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am not great in making puddings but this recipe looks awesome.

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      Thank you for this delicious lens

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      ManojBala 6 years ago

      Uhhhhhhhhmmmmm, Mouth watering Recipie....

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      EpiphanyLondon 6 years ago

      :-D Sounds really yummy! Thanks!

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Beautifully presented!

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      flowski lm 6 years ago

      This dessert recipe looks delicious, I can hardly wait to try it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Only this week I discover the wonderful dessert called Eton Mess. I must admit If I'd known the name before I ate the meal I might have been put off a bit. But I can honestly say despite the awful name it's a tasty treat. I've bookmarked your page to try your version, it really does look fabulous.

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      lyuben88 6 years ago

      I will definitely try this out, from the picture I can say that it looks quite tasty

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I have never tried it, but it looks delightfully elegant to me. I love strawberries.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What an interesting strawberry dessert. I've never tried Eton Mess, but it looks delicious! Well presented with lovely personal touches.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What a gorgeous mess! An Eton mess I mean. Blessed by an angel today ( /one-hundred-lens-blessings )

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      This recipe does look yummy!! I love strawberries!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I haven't has strawberries this way before. Looks yummy.

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      When I traveled to England for business I got to try Eton Mess and Primm drinks! Wow, great stuff. So glad I now have a recipe to recreate some wonderful times in my life!

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      The British sure have funny names for stuff, but it sure is worth a try. Cool lens and thumbs up.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Great tutorial. Never heard of this, but it looks wonderful. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful step-by-step tutorial on how to make an Etaon Mess dessert!

      Dom

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      I have never tried this...in fact never heard of grilling strawberries, but hey I am game :) This looks very good, and like you I would want to use the less fattening Greek yogurt, although I am sure that here in Calif. I can just find regular non-fat yogurt. Anyway thanks for a new recipe!

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      This is a very interesting recipe Lucy....The strawberries look yummy..I could eat them off the screen