Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream – A seasonal twist on a classic, traditional Eton Mess with squidgy meringues, fresh strawberries and whipped elderflower cream.
For Summer Parties!
I have been saving this recipe for Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream for a week or two now, hoping that “Flaming June” would make her appearance, but sadly to date it’s been “Wet and Windy June”. Eton Mess has to be one of my favourite summer desserts, and, once the meringues are made it’s a doddle to assemble. Eton Mess is a classic English dessert which was first mentioned in print in 1893, and is widely believed to originate from the famous public school, Eton College, hence its name. It’s thought that it was first served at an annual cricket match between Eton College and Harrow School, as part of a traditional cricket tea. The original recipe as served in the college “Sock-Shop” aka “Tuck Shop” during the 1930’s, was made with mashed bananas and ice cream, with meringue and strawberries being added a few years later.
And, there is a similar dessert known as the “Lancing Mess” which is made with bananas, meringues and cream that is associated with Lancing College in West Sussex. The word “mess” is used in British recipes frequently, and historically it means several ingredients that have been mixed together, rather than a derogatory term for something bad! There is a similar Scottish version, that I also love, called“Cranachan”, comprising cream, honey, toasted oats, raspberries and Scotch whisky, of course. Whatever mess you decide to make, one thing’s for sure, as we are in the midst of British soft fruit season, now is definitely the time to make one of these delicious, fruit-loaded desserts using fresh British fruit. So, today, I’m going with Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream.
The addition of elderflower cordial to the cream adds a lovely, floral and delightfully scented twist to this classic pudding, especially when using my homemade Old Fashioned English Elderflower Cordial in the recipe. I love serving my Eton Mess recipe with edible flowers, as it extends that floral element right through to the table and makes the dessert look regal with a certain rustic elegance. I also love the idea of serving this creamy, fruit loaded dessert in water glasses, or even wine glasses, and in the past I have also served them in tea cups (on saucers) for that quintessential English look. However you decide to serve this recipe for Eton Mess, it’s sure to be a winner at any summer parties, fetes or family gatherings. You can make the meringues a few days or a week ahead, and then assemble them an hour before serving, meaning you can sit down to enjoy the party yourself.
The recipe for Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream is shared below and so let me know if you make these dreamy, creamy desserts this summer, and what occasion it was for! Karen
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