Recipe Twists on a Classic Eton Mess

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    Eton Mess Recipes

    Traditional Eton Mess Recipe. GettyImages-495792961

    What is an Eton Mess?

    Eton Mess is a traditional British dessert consisting of strawberries, meringue and cream simply squished together. Any collection of strawberry recipes must include one. The dish was traditionally served at Eton College but how it came to have the name is not clear.

    One story goes that a Labrador dog sat on a picnic basket in the back of a car and squashed a strawberry and meringue dessert, and the favorite was born - it sounds feasible enough.

    However, the dish came about it...MORE is one of Britain's all-time favorites and that's no wonder with such wonderful ingredients.

    The technique is simple: break up the meringue, whip the cream, puree half the strawberries and chop the rest, mix and hey presto! With such a winning recipe, it is no surprise there are now many variations of this classic British dish.

    A Traditional Eton Mess Recipe

    This recipe is the traditional Eton Mess made with fresh strawberries, cream and meringue. Simple to make and delicious to eat.

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    Rhubarb Eton Mess Recipe and Other Variations

    Rhubarb Mess Recips. Elaine Lemm

    Strawberries are the traditional fruit in a classic Eton Mess. In this variation, the cream is there, so is the meringue but the strawberries are replaced with lovely roasted rhubarb. Even if you do not have the time to roast the rhubarb, you can still poach it and use in the same way.

    Rhubarb Eton Mess

    Do you want more alternatives on Rhubarb?

    Alternatives on this recipe include adding a little ( ½ tsp) grated fresh ginger to the rhubarb while roasting, or the same amount of finely chopped stem...MORE ginger

    The beauty of the Eton Mess dessert is you can actually use any soft summer fruit, try raspeberries, blueberries, apricots, blackberries and on.

    Want to know how to make meringue, check the recipe on the next page

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    How to Make Meringue for Your Eton Mess

    Meringue Recipe. Photo © Julia Khusainova - Getty

    In a rush and making an Eton Mess, then do not worry, shop bought ones are fine to use. If, however, you fancy making your own, they are very easy. Preparation time is quick, cooking takes a while but that time is in the oven, leaving you to get on with other things.

    Traditional British Meringue Recipe

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    Jazz Up the Cream on Your Classic Eton Mess

    Elderflower Whipped Cream. GettyImages-121803331

    To ring the changes and create even more flavour, switch the standard whipped cream for a scented cream. A great cream that works well with many soft fruits is an Elderflower Cream.

    Elderflower Cream Recipe

    • Place 400ml cream and 50g icing/powder sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat to soft peaks using an electric, or hand whisk.
    • Carefully fold in 3- 4 tbsp elderflower cordial to taste.