Eton mess, the most delicious pudding in the world. Many would say that summer pudding is the greatest English summer dessert. It is good yes, but in my opinion and in the opinion of my family Eton mess is The One.
And it is so easy to make. You can of course buy meringues but they are a doddle to make and only require two ingredients - sugar and egg whites.
For each egg white you need 2oz of caster sugar. I actually used granulated here (thought I had caster but didn't) and it still worked. For 12 small meringues I used 3 egg whites and 6oz sugar.
To make them beat up the egg whites until stiff, stiff enough for you to be able to turn the bowl upside down without the egg whites falling out. Next add the sugar a spoonful at a time beating well with each addition. The mixture will become glossy. An electric beater makes this a breeze.
Dollop the meringue onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment or reusable baking liner. Bake at 120°c (100°c fan oven) for 1½ hours. Then turn the oven off but leave the door ajar until they are completely cool. I didn't leave mine for long enough so they were quite chewy and sticky in the middle. This doesn't matter one bit, in fact it is desirable.
Meringues keep really well in an airtight container. Use the yolks in omelettes or scramble them with a whole egg.
Now for the mess. It's a simple matter of whipping some cream, half a pint is plenty for five greedy people, throwing in some strawberries and crumbling in the meringues. Mix it up to make a mess :o)
There was enough for ten, but erm....there were only five of us...
Make it with greek yogurt instead of cream, or half yogurt and half cream. Use any berries you like, raspberries are particularly good.
A Thank You and a Welcome
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