This Recipe for Eton Mess with Strawberries and Cream Has a Twist

Jill Holtz

May 20, 2020

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Eton Mess is a favourite classic summer dessert, it’s really super easy to make and a delicious way to end your meal – but this recipe for Eton Mess has a twist, and uses an extra ingredient you might not think of!

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Eton Mess is such an easy dessert to throw together, it literally is just a mess of delicious things mixed together!

If you’re not a baker and don’t want to try making the meringues then you can substitute shop-bought meringues.

You may have heard of teaming balsamic vinegar with strawberries, but have you ever tried adding some black pepper? Adding a couple of grinds of black pepper brings out the sweetness fo the strawberries and gives a tiny hint of spice to this lovely dessert.

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For the Meringues:

  • 2 egg whites from large eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100g caster sugar

For the Black Pepper Fruit Coulis:

  • 75g strawberries
  • 40g raspberries
  • 40g caster sugar
  • Juice of half a small lemon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

Strawberries and cream:

  • 300g strawberries
  • 300ml double cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 100°C / 212°F
  2. Whisk the egg whites and a pinch of salt until frothy. While still whisking, add the caster sugar a spoonful at a time. Continue to whisk until stiff and glossy.
  3. Spread the meringue evenly about 1cm thick on a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until crisp through to the centre. Leave to cool.
  5. To make the black pepper fruit coulis, put everything except the pepper in a pan over a medium heat. Once the berries begin to soften, crush with the back of a fork as they cook until broken down completely.
  6. Strain through a sieve to remove the seeds, stir in the pepper, then place in the fridge.
  7. To prepare the strawberries and cream, whip the double cream until soft peaks start to appear.
  8. Set two strawberries aside and chop the rest quite small and gently fold them through the cream.
  9. To assemble, share half of the strawberries and cream mixture between four dessert bowls.
  10. Break the cooled meringue into 2cm pieces, and share half the pieces between the dessert bowls.
  11. Pile on the remaining cream mixture, then the rest of the meringue.
  12. Remove the coulis from the fridge and drizzle into the bowls.
  13. Quarter the remaining strawberries and use to top your desserts.
  14. Finish with an extra mill of black pepper.

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This Recipe For Eton Mess With Strawberries And Cream Has A Twist

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