Eton Mess Recipe

Eton Mess: A Delightful Blend of Strawberries, Cream, and Meringue
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Eton Mess, a loved dessert, from Britain combines the mix of strawberries, whipped cream and meringue. With its blend of textures and flavors this dessert is a homage to sweetness and freshness. Whether enjoyed at summer get togethers or as a dinner indulgence this Eton Mess recipe brings together the finest aspects, from different classic recipes to craft a truly delicious rendition.


Eton Mess has a backstory linked to the Eton College. This sweet treat has been savored during the yearly cricket showdown, between Eton and Harrow School since the 1800s. The term “mess” perfectly captures the desserts look, with meringue, cream and strawberries mingling in a way. Legend has it that this dessert might have come about by chance when a strawberry pavlova took a tumble. Regardless of its origins it has stood the test of time as a classic.

Serving Suggestions:

Eton Mess is a dessert that can be presented in ways depending on the setting. To add a touch of sophistication arrange the components, in glass containers or mason jars showcasing the layers of strawberries, cream and meringue. For a laid back atmosphere serve it in a trifle bowl so guests can help themselves. Enjoy this treat with a glass of Prosecco or a delicate fruity rosé to enhance its flavors.

Storing Instructions:

If you have any leftovers, you can store it in a container, in the fridge for a maximum of two days. Just remember that the meringue might lose its crispiness as time passes because of the moisture, from the cream and strawberries. To keep the meringue crunchy store each part separately. Put them together right before you serve it.

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How to Make Eton Mess Recipe

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Eton Mess Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 1 hr Rest Time 20 mins Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cooking Temp: 120  °C Servings: 6 Calories: 350 kcal per serving


Eton Mess is a classic British dessert featuring layers of whipped cream, fresh strawberry sauce, and crunchy meringue. This delightful treat combines the sweetness of ripe strawberries with the light, airy texture of meringue, all enveloped in creamy goodness. Perfect for any occasion, this dessert is as easy to prepare as it is delicious, making it a favorite for both casual and formal gatherings. Whether enjoyed on a sunny afternoon or as a sweet finale to a meal, Eton Mess is sure to please with its charming mix of flavors and textures.


For the Meringue:

For the Strawberry Sauce:

For the Whipped Cream:

To Assemble:


Make the Meringue:

  1. Preheat the oven to 120°C (100°C fan) / 250°F.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
  4. Gradually add the caster sugar, whisking continuously until stiff peaks form.
  5. Spoon dollops of the mixture onto the baking parchment.
  6. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until the meringues are hard and come off the paper easily.
  7. Leave to cool completely.

Prepare the Strawberry Sauce:

  1. In a bowl, mix 500g of chopped strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar.
  2. Let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes to macerate, then mash slightly to create a chunky sauce.

Whip the Cream:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the double cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.

Assemble the Eton Mess:

  1. Crush the cooled meringues into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In serving glasses or bowls, layer the whipped cream, strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries, and meringue pieces.
  3. Repeat the layers until the glasses are filled.
  4. Top with additional fresh strawberries and raspberries if using.

Serve Immediately:

  1. Eton Mess is best served immediately to maintain the texture of the meringue.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 350kcal
Calories from Fat 225kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g39%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 190mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 30g10%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 25g
Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 900 IU
Vitamin C 60 mg
Calcium 90 mg
Iron 0.5 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • For a more intense flavor, try roasting the strawberries for the sauce before macerating them.
  • You can substitute raspberries with blueberries or blackberries for a different berry twist.
  • Ensure the meringue is completely cool before crushing and assembling to keep its crunchy texture.
  • For a dairy-free option, use coconut cream instead of double cream.
  • If you're short on time, store-bought meringues can be a great substitute for homemade ones.
  • Eton Mess is a great way to use up leftover meringues or slightly overripe strawberries.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I make Eton Mess ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the individual components ahead of time, but it's best to assemble the dessert just before serving to maintain the crunchy texture of the meringue.

Can I use other fruits in Eton Mess?

Absolutely! While strawberries are traditional, you can add raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or a mix of your favorite berries.

Is there a non-dairy alternative for whipped cream?

Yes, you can use coconut cream or any other non-dairy whipped topping as a substitute for double cream.

How can I make the meringues chewier?

For chewier meringues, reduce the baking time slightly. Check them at the 50-minute mark and adjust as needed.

Can I use store-bought meringues?

Yes, store-bought meringues work perfectly well and are a great time-saver for this recipe.

How long can I store Eton Mess?

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days, though the meringue may soften over time. For best results, store the components separately and assemble just before serving.

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