Summer in Britain means Wimbledon, Pimms, BBQs and strawberries – one of the fruits we do best. The latter are in peak season in the UK from June through to August so are currently abundant in supermarkets, markets or even better at the pick-your-own venues.
This is our simple recipe for Eton Mess, which is made from strawberries, cream, meringue (shop-bought or homemade). We made our own meringues by whisking four eggs whites into stiff peaks and whisking in 220g of golden caster sugar one tablespoon at a time, then bake for 1 hour 45 minutes in an oven at 120ºC and leave to cool.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours for the strawberries to stoop, no cooking time.
- 200g British strawberries
- 300ml double cream
- meringue (bought nests or homemade)
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- Hull the strawberries and cut in half (and any large ones into quarters). Put in a bowl and toss with the caster sugar and balsamic vinegar. Leave to stoop the strawberries for a couple of hours, which will help enhance their flavour.
- Whisk the cream into submission, until it just starts to gets stiff.
- Combine the Eton Mess by stirring together a portion of strawberries, cream and crumbled meringue.
- Top with a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy.