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1 hour, 55 minutes

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Thu 31 Jul 2014 17:05

Eton Mess with Strawberries & Elderflower

By Marcus Verberne from Roast – A very British Cookbook (Absolute Press)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Traditionally served with strawberries, it also works well with other fresh summer fruits.


Serves 4


Prep time 10 mins

Cooking time 5 mins



500g strawberries, hulled (Nigel also used raspberries & blackberries)

50g caster sugar

½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped

400ml whipping cream

50ml concentrated elderflower cordial

50g icing sugar

4 small meringue nests (see recipe below)



Grade the strawberries into 2 even piles.  Save the best presentation strawberries for the mess, & place the remaining half of the strawberries into a saucepan with the caster sugar. 

Add a couple of tablespoons of water & cook over a medium heat.  As the strawberries cook they will release all their juices & boil down into a sauce. 

Push the sauce through a sieve using the back of a spoon, leaving only the seeds behind. 

Allow the strawberry sauce to cool in the fridge.


Put the vanilla seeds into a large bowl with the whipping cream, elderflower cordial & icing sugar. 

Using a whisk, whip the cream until it reaches the soft peak stage.  To check it’s at the correct stage, when lifting out the whisk, the cream should stand to a peak with the tip just curling over.


Cut the remaining strawberries in half & if there are any large ones, into quarters.


To serve, crush the meringue nests into pieces & add to the whipped cream (see recipe below for meringues).

Add a good drizzle of strawberry sauce, & most of the halved strawberries (saving a few for decorating the top). 

Fold the mess together to create a rippled effect & spoon into your serving dishes.

Top with the reserved strawberries & a little more strawberry sauce.



For the meringue nests


Prep time 10 mins

Cooking time 2hrs



4 medium egg whites

1 tsp white wine vinegar

2 tsp boiling water

200g caster sugar



Preheat the oven to 110C.

Whisk the egg whites with the vinegar & boiling water using an electric mixer for 1 minute. 

Add the sugar slowly, whisking constantly, then continue to whisk for 8-10 mins until stiff & shiny.

Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

Spoon the meringue mix on to the sheet in blobs roughly the size of a lemon.

Space them well apart to allow them room to expand.

Dry out in the oven for 2 hours.  Allow to cool.


Meringues can be made well in advance & keep for ages in an airtight container.



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