Karin's Eton Mess
For 7 to 10 people
Preparation : 20 minutes
Ingredients and utensils :
500 gr strawberries
2 big readymade meringues coming from the pastry shop
2 vanilla sugar packets
500 ml very cold double cream
1 electric mixer
Put a large bowl in a freezer. 5 minutes later pour the double cream into the bowl, add the vanilla sugar and whip to soft peaks. Leave in the fridge. Roughly squash the meringues in a big bowl. Set aside. Wash and hull the strawberries and cut in half or into thick slices, depending on the size : they need to be bite-size. Put in a bowl and leave in a cool place.
Just before serving fold the meringue pieces through the whipped cream making sure not to over-mix. Add the strawberries, mix delicately and put the preparation into a nice serving dish.
My advice : serve as soon as you can because the meringues will go soggy if kept for too long. You can spoon the Eton mess into individual dishes or wine glasses before serving and also use a combination of strawberries and raspberries.
This dessert is a traditional English dessert commonly believed to originate from Eton College. It is served at the annual cricket match against the pupils of Harrow School.