Eton Mess

Eton Mess

by Diane Clark

Legend has it that Eton mess was invented when an over-excited dog accidentally crushed a meringue dessert being taken to Eton College for a picnic!! Whether or not the canine claim is true, this delicious jumble of soft cream, chewy meringue and ripe strawberries is the perfect dessert for when you inevitably become just a little bored of strawberries towards the end of summer.

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes


  • 250ml double cream
  • 150ml Greek yoghurt
  • 4 ready-made meringue nests, broken up
  • 1 tbsp ginger cordial (optional)
  • 500g strawberries


1. Whip the double cream and Greek yoghurt together.

2. Break the meringues into chunks and stir into the cream.

3. Put half of the strawberries into a bowl and crush gently with a fork so some of their juices are released. Mix into the cream and meringue mixture.

4. Divide the mixture into four glasses, or a large trifle bowl if you prefer.

5. Put the remaining strawberries and a sprig of mint on top as a garnish.

6. Variations: toasted chopped nuts, blackberries and in fact, any fruit of your choice could be added.