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Eton Mess Recipe
A very easy to make dessert, when strawberries are plentiful. The story goes that it was invented by accident, when some parents were attending the school's July 4th celebrations (a grand annual picnic for boys and their parents, when one family motored down with a strawberry and meringue pavlova. This met with an accident, and had to be eaten from champagne flutes.
Raspberries aren't authentic, but can be added, as they make a marvellous contrast.
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Ingredients for 6 people:
600g/20 oz ripe Strawberries, quartered
225g/8 oz fresh Raspberries, I tablespoon warm Water (optional)
300ml/ ½ pint Double Cream or half cream and half thick yoghurt
4 Meringue Shells, finely-crushed
6 evenly-sized Strawberries, for garnish
- If using raspberries, soak them in the warm water until the juices run, then set aside to cool..
- Mix the strawberries with the cream or cream and yoghurt.
- Add the small meringue pieces and the raspberries and their juices - if using, and mix again.
- Share out between 6 glasses or bowls and decorate with the reserved strawberries
Chill a little before serving