Eton Mess

[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Sort of like the love child of Pavlova and Trifle, this confection, consisting of crushed meringue cookies, freshly whipped cream and sugar-coated berries (usually strawberries) takes its name from the venerable Eton College, where it is traditionally served at the school's annual cricket game against Winchester College.

Eton Mess

About This Recipe

Yield:6 servings
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour
Special equipment:Half pint mason jars
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: A Father's Day Menu For The Whole Family Serious Entertaining: Early Spring Dinner Cakespy: Eton Mess


  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 pound blueberries (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 cups coarsely crumbled meringue cookies


  1. 1

    Gently stir together strawberries, blueberries, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Cover, and let stand at room temperature until juices are released, at least 30 minutes (or refrigerate overnight).

  2. 2

    Give the berries a stir, so that the juices mix with the berries.

  3. 3

    Whisk together cream and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form.

  4. 4

    Gently fold in the cookies until combined.

  5. 5

    To serve, take 6 half-pint mason jars (or teacups, or parfait cups). Spoon in a generous dollop of the cream-and-cookie mixture, and then spoon a layer of berries on top. Add a second layer of the cookie-and-cream mixture and finish off with a spoonful of berries for a pretty finish. Repeat with the remaining jars or serving cups. Serve immediately, or freeze for up to 2 days (allowing 1/2 hour to defrost before serving).

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