Eton Mess, three different versions.

Eton Mess is an amazing Summer treat. Simple and tasty, it can be made from scratch with a bit of elbow grease and a few hours spare, or put together from store-bought ingredients. You can take it up a notch with great additions such as Cranachan for the cream or flavoured meringues, or you can cut the calories with yoghurt and more fresh fruit. Here are three versions to try out for your next picnic or pudding!

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Decadent Version.

This is closest to the one we made, except, being alco-free as I am right now, we skipped the whiskey/Baileys/brandy.

Ingredients.

  • 500g strawberries
  • 4 egg whites
  • 300ml double cream
  • 215g plain sugar
  • 115g icing sugar
  • a shot of whiskey, Irish cream or brandy
  • a few drops of vanilla extract

Utensils.

  • chopping board and knife
  • two mixing bowls
  • baking tray with greaseproof paper
  • whisk (use a hand whisk for a good arm workout!]
  • a bowl for assembly

Recipe.

  1. Preheat the oven to 110C.
  2. In one bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are fluffy and stand in floppy or firm peaks.
  3. Add 115g of the white sugar slowly and steadily, a tablespoon at a time. Keep whisking a bit in between.
  4. Add the icing sugar a quarter at a time. Keep whisking in between.
  5. Whisk until a batter forms.
  6. Put on the baking tray and in the oven. Set a timer for 1h 30min to 2h.
  7. In the next bowl, start whisking the double cream with the last 100g of white sugar.
  8. Once thick, add the alcohol and vanilla and whisk until thick again.
  9. Thinly slice the strawberries.
  10. Wait until ther meringues are golden brown, remove from oven.
  11. In the bowl, layer meringue, cream and strawberries.

Low-cal Version.

Delicious and very low calorie compared to the usual one!

Ingredients.

  • 800g strawberries
  • 2 egg whites
  • 20og greek yoghurt sweetened with honey
  • 170g icing sugar

Utensils.

  • chopping board and knife
  • one mixing bowl
  • baking tray with greaseproof paper
  • whisk (use a hand whisk for a good arm workout!]
  • a bowl for assembly

Recipe.

  1. Preheat the oven to 110C.
  2. In one bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are fluffy and stand in floppy or firm peaks.
  3. Add the icing sugar a quarter at a time. Keep whisking in between.
  4. Whisk until a batter forms.
  5. Put on the baking tray and in the oven. Set a timer for 1h 30min to 2h.
  6. Thinly slice the strawberries.
  7. Wait until ther meringues are golden brown, remove from oven.
  8. In the bowl, layer yoghurt and strawberries.
  9. Sprinkle meringue on top.

Store-bought Version.

A quicker and simpler way of getting things done.

Ingredients.

  • 500g strawberries
  • 3 meringues
  • 300ml cream or yoghurt

Utensils.

  • chopping board and knife
  • a bowl for assembly

Recipe.

  1. Slice the straberries.
  2. Layer or mix strawberries and cream or yoghurt in a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle meringue on top.

And that’s how to make three different types of sweetly Summery Eton Mess!

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What’s your favourite Summer pudding?

 

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WWW. How hard are mince pies?

Not very, unless you overbake them. :p

But, in all seriousness, this English classic is very easy to make at home and absolutely delicious.

My own recipe is a secret, which is secret, will be kept secret and not be secretly or discreetly disclosed.

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However the general outline of how I make mince pies is free for anyone to experiment with.

You will need:

  • 500g raisins or sultanas
  • 500g mixed dried fruit (preferably including candied peel)
  • 500ml applesauce
  • cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to taste
  • 500g flour
  • 1 egg
  • 300g butter
  • water
  • 1 beaten egg
  • sugar for dusting
  • rolling pin
  • greased/nonstick tart/muffin tray
  • mixing bowls

Recipe:

  1. Mix the dried fruit, applesauce and spices together. Add around 50-200g of sugar if you think the mix isn’t sweet enough.
  2. Rest the mix as long as possible. Overnight or 12h is fine, but 48h allows for some real richness.
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  4. Make a thick, stretchy pastry mix with the flour, egg, butter and a little water. Chill for 30-60min before use.
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  6. Preheat the oven to 160C or 180C fan.
  7. Roll out the pastry at least 1/8 of an inch for small (tart tray) pies and 1/4 of an inch for deep fill (muffin tray) pies. I made the mistake of using 1/8 inch pastry for both and the deep fill ones were not as excellent.
  8. Cut circles for the base. Push them into the grooves in the tray.
  9. Fill your pies, leaving a bit of a rim of pastry visible.
  10. Brush the rim with beaten egg before adding circles of pastry for the top.
  11. Brush the whole pie with egg and sprinkle granulated sugar on top.
  12. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the tops are golden and crumble juuust a little bit when pressed.
  13. Remove from trays and fully chill.
  14. Serve with wine or custard.

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And feel free to mix and match the recipe! My own mix has another two to three ingredients and a specific spice balance. Jon normally despises mince pies, yet these ones received a 6/8 (an honourable 7 as he doesn’t like most mince pies). And friends and family seem happy enough with them too. Find your own perfect balance to enjoy!

TTFN and Happy Hunting!