Eaton Mess is a uniquely British dessert. It’s said to have first been served after a cricket match at Eaton College in the 1930′s. The original “mess” was served with only strawberries, meringue and cream but I think it’s fun to add your favorite combination of berries. In fact you don’t have to stop with berries, try bananas, pineapple or stewed rhubarb. This is the quick and easy version as there is no meringue making required. In this recipe I’ve used store bought meringue cookies but again you could use your favorite cookies – amaretti would be lovely or even a lemon shortbread. If you’re not into dairy try making cashew cream instead, a delicious and more healthy alternative to heavy cream. This is such a scrumptious and despite its name, elegant dessert, so perfect for summer and I’ve never met a person who didn’t love it.
Eaton Mess, the quick and easy version.
1 packet of your favorite cookies, broken into crumbles
1 pint strawberries, raspberries and blueberries or your favorite berries
Zest and juice of half a lemon 8 oz heavy cream or cashew cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Wash the berries, cut the strawberries into halves or quarters depending on their size.
- Add the lemon zest and juice to the berries. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Place the cream and vanilla in a bowl and whip to soft peaks.
- In individual serving bowls or glasses, layer some cream, the berry mixture and top with some crumbled cookies. Repeat until the bowl or glass is full ending with some cream and top with a sprig of fresh mint.