Despite the cold and wet English weather, I am determined to cling to the last summer days. Like the weather, Eton mess is quintessentially English, in a Mary-Poppins-and-Harry-Potter kind of way!
A mixture of strawberries, cream and meringue, this dessert takes its name from Eton College, where it is traditionally served at the annual cricket game against Harrow School – and has been since the 19th century.
As, of course, traditions are there to be broken, my version of this classic recipe includes pistachios and mixed berries. With a toast (and a farewell) to the rainy English summer!
Ingredients (for 4-6 people)
- 500g mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries)
- 500g meringues (here’s how to make them)
- 400ml full-fat double cream
- 250g pistachios
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- The juice of one lemon
How to make it
- Chop 500g mixed berries in a bowl, adding 1 tablespoon caster sugar and the juice of one lemon. Leave some berries aside for decoration.
- Shell, blanch in boiling water and peel 250g pistachios. Roughly chop them.
- Whip 400ml full-fat cream until stiff peaks form and fold in 500g meringues, broken up.
- Spoon layers of the cream-meringue mix, pistachios and berries into 4-6 jam jars.
- Decorate with whipped cream, whole berries and pistachios.