United Kingdom – Eton Mess

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ABOUT THE DISH

Eton Mess is a traditional English dessert which is the combination of strawberries , meringues and whipped cream. Eton Mess got its first name “Eton” from Eton college where this was served and got its recognition from and the second name “Mess” which basically means “appearance of the dish” or can be used in terms of the “quantity of the food”. What makes this dessert special is the amount of flavors it gives when combined with different elements of food. It is an absolute astonishing dish with different sweet textures and an absolute favorite in all parts of England and it has a high rank in the world of British cuisine.

ORIGIN

Eton Mess was originated in year 1930 when it was served in the schools sock shop. Sock shops are like canteens which sell food items to the students. Originally it was made from bananas and strawberries mixed with whipped cream and later as the time passed meringue was added in it to give extra flavor.

DIFFERENT NAMES

Eton mess was given different names in accordance to the place where it was being served like in the Eton college it was called Eton Mess.

HARROW MESS: In the Harrow school it was also served and it was popular there by the name Harrow Mess

LANCING MESS: In the Lancing College it was served with bananas which is the original recipe and there it was named Lancing Mess.

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE IT

  • Heavy Whipping Cream 1 cup
  • Meringues 4-8 (Depends on how much you need it)
  • Strawberries 1 ½ cups
  • Sugar 2 Tbsp
  • Granulated Sugar 2 Tbsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar 1 Tbsp
  • Orange Juice 2 Tbsp
  • Orange Zest 1 tsp

STEPS TO MAKE IT

  • Take the above mentioned strawberries in a bowl and add balsamic vinegar , granulated sugar in it.
  • Take another bowl and add heavy whipped cream in it along the the orange zest and sugar. Mix it with a blender until you reach the right consistency of the cream
  • Break the meringues in the cream mixture and add strawberries from the first bowl and mix it all together.
  • When ready present you dessert by adding it all in a cup and finishing it off by topping strawberries and meringue .
  • FINAL RESULT

NUTRITION FACTS

  • Calories 365
  • Fat 22.4 g
  • Cholesterol 0
  • Carbohydrates 32.7
  • Protein 2.4g

HEALTHY OR NOT ?

This amazing dessert is light on calories and due to addition of fruit it balances the whole dish and keep us healthy. There is not so much sugar required as most of it comes from the fruit itself. But still after all this it is never recommended to eat desserts daily so once a week of this extraordinary dish is the best thing to do.

MY OPINION

The British desserts are always the ones to eat and to make at home. As being there for quite some time I can share my experience in loving and admiring this dessert as it is a great family gathering dessert and also the one to eat when going out with friends. So everyone should try this and tell others to do also.

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