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Eton Mess With Strawberries And Mango

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Nothing says summer like an Eton Mess dessert! A classic British recipe super simple to make and oh so easy to add in a few tasty extras.

This delicious summer dessert is a tasty little tumble of whipped cream spiked with vanilla, gently mixed together with fresh strawberries and broken up meringue.

We add some lovely juicy mango to our Eton mess just for a little extra delicious twist.

There really isn’t an easier dessert to make than this one. It’s just ideal for serving at summer parties and BBQs.

Eton mess with strawberries and mango served in small glass bowls

Eton Mess Ingredients

There’s just five ingredients in our delicious summer dessert

Eton mess ingredients on a white table - strawberries, cream, meringue nests, vanilla extract and mango chunks
  • 300ml whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400g strawberries – sliced into quarters
  • 1 mango – peeled, stone removed and sliced into bitesized pieces
  • 4 meringue nests – or you could use a pavlova base

Equipment Needed To Make This Recipe

  • Food processor or electric whisk – you can whisk manually but it’ll take you a whole lot longer
  • Teaspoon
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon for mixing
  • Small serving bowls

How To Make Eton Mess

You’re just going to LOVE how easy this simple summer dessert recipe is to make!

  • Firstly whip the cream – pour the cream and a tsp of vanilla extract in to the food processor and whisk until thick.
  • Prepare the strawberries and mango pieces – wash and slice the strawberries, peel and chop the mango.
  • Add the cream and fruit to a large mixing bowl
whipped vanilla cream in a bowl with strawberry and mango slices
  • Gently mix the cream and fruit together – be really gentle here and fold the fruit into the whipped cream.
whipped cream mixed together with strawberries and mango in a green Joesph Joseph bowl
  • Next crumble up the meringue – just break up pieces of meringue, you’ll be able to do this just using your hands. Put the meringue pieces into the bowl with the fruit and whipped cream.
whipped cream mixed with strawberries and mango with broken meringue tipped in the bowl
  • Gently fold the meringue pieces into the creamy fruit mixture – use a wooden spoon to do this. I can’t resist just having a little taste test here…
Eton mess being mixed together in a bowl - vanilla whipped cream, strawberries, mango and broken meringue pieces
  • Divide into serving dishes – just scoop out spoonfuls of Eton mess and put into little serving dishes. If you want the desserts to look a little extra special you can decorate the tops with extra fruit or edible flowers. Otherwise, just tuck in and enjoy your rustic dessert!
Eton mess with strawberries and mango served in small glass bowls

Why Is The Dessert Called Eton Mess?

If you’re wondering how was Eton Mess named? Well… this classic British dessert is believed to have originated at Eton college, traditionally served at the annual cricket match between Eton and Harrow.

As for the ‘mess’ part of the dessert, I don’t think anyone knows this for sure but I’m taking a guess it’s because it is a really rustic messy dessert to look at!

Can Eton Mess Be Prepared In Advance?

You can prepare all the elements of an Eton Mess in advance but it’s best to put the dessert together just before serving.

Otherwise the meringue pieces will soften and go soggy and your dessert won’t be as nice.

I’d advise storing the whipped cream in an air tight container, the strawberries and mango pieces in another air tight container. Pop both in the fridge, they’ll keep good for 24 hours.

You can break up the meringue pieces in advance too if you like, just store these in a ziplock bag or food storage box with a lid.

Can Eton Mess Be Kept In The Fridge?

Honestly – if you’re are making it and then popping it in the fridge then really it won’t last longer than an hour or so before the meringue starts to go soggy.

What Cream Is Best For Whipping?

You can use double cream (heavy cream in USA) or whipping cream for whipped cream. They both whip well. Heavy cream will hold its shape longer than whipping cream.

But whipping cream has a much lighter, fluffy texture. So just choose whichever works best for you.

Eton mess with strawberries and mango served in small glass bowls

Does Eton Mess Contain Gluten?

No – this is a naturally gluten free dessert. Of course if you’re a coeliac you should still double check the meringue packet to be sure there’s no gluten added. Or you can make homemade meringues to be absolutely certain.

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Make Eton Mess Your Way!

Once you have the basic recipe you can take Eton Mess in any direction you like and make the recipe your own.

  • Try stirring the Eton Mess mixture into ice-cream and drizzling with strawberry or caramel sauce.
  • Use different fruits – it’s just delicious made with plump juicy raspberries. Or go for a tropical finish with mango, papaya and passionfruit.
  • You could use the Eton Mess mixture to fill a Victoria Sandwich cake for an extra special summery strawberry cake.

More Easy Strawberry Desserts You’ll LOVE!

  • Mars Bar Dip – a delicious melted chocolate dip served with strawberries, marshmallow and pretzels. Great for parties, movie nights or sleepovers.
  • Fresh Strawberry Cheesecakes – our strawberry cheesecake recipe is no bake and super simple, great for summer dessert or picnics.

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Yield: Makes 6

Eton Mess With Strawberries And Mango

Eton mess with strawberries and mango served in small glass bowls

Super simple summer dessert recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 300ml whipping cream 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 300g strawberries 
  • 1 mango - peeled and chopped
  • 4 meringue nests 

Instructions

  1. Pour the cream and a tsp of vanilla extract in to the food processor and whisk until thick.
  2. Wash and slice the strawberries, peel and chop the mango.
  3. Add the cream and fruit to a large mixing bowl
  4. Gently mix the cream and fruit together – be really gentle here and fold the fruit into the whipped cream.
  5. Next crumble up the meringue – just break up pieces of meringue, you’ll be able to do this just using your hands. Put the meringue pieces into the bowl with the fruit and whipped cream.
  6. Gently fold the meringue pieces into the creamy fruit mixture – use a wooden spoon to do this.
  7. Divide into serving dishes – just scoop out spoonfuls of Eton mess and put into little serving dishes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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