Eton Mess

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There’s nothing more English than strawberries and cream in the Summer, preferably whilst watching Wimbledon or perhaps a game of cricket (although not for me)! It seemed time to roll out my magic egg-free meringue recipe again, and what better way of incorporating strawberries and cream than in the classic Eton mess? Hardly even a recipe, this combination of cream, strawberries and crushed meringue is always a crowd pleaser.

You might think that Eton mess must be out of the question for those who are free-from eggs and dairy, after all it’s mainly cream and meringue! But fear not, this variation is stunningly simple, utterly delicious and friendly to boot. It’s funny because although I’m not strictly dairy-free myself, I have never been able to abide cream which I find too rich and milky, so for me this was always a pudding to avoid. Not any more, with some stunning whipped soya cream I’m a total convert!

Eton Mess (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan) [my egg-free meringues contain soya protein and the cream i used was soya based – however, pea protein is available which also works to good effect and Soyatoo make a good rice based whipping cream)

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serves 4-6

  • 1 recipe of egg-free meringues, mine are rather brown this time as I used unrefined icing sugar
  • 1 carton whipping dairy-free cream, I used Soyatoo
  • 1/2 a punnet of strawberries, pureed
  • 1/2 punnet of strawberries, chopped

– Crush the meringues into large pieces

– Gently fold together all the ingredients

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– Serve in pretty glasses or bowls

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3M Mess

If you come to this post searching for homemade egg-free meringue not using a mix, check out this post.

My year 3 daughter has been doing some really cool stuff at school, and this year she’s got a young vibrant teacher who has made school even more fun and exciting, certainly more fun than when I was at school! Anyway, they’ve been studying recipes in the style of Jamie Oliver and are going to make his version of Eton Mess tomorrow.

Obviously, this is a rather problematic recipe if you are allergic to dairy and raw eggs! The yoghurt can easily be substituted with soya yoghurt, but how on earth can you make meringues egg-free?

Well, I found a vegan meringue mix, and having had mixed results before,  I am trying to make some passable ‘meringues’ for her to take in tomorrow. It’s a rather unusual process of adding two powders in bags A and B to sugar and water!!

I think they’ve worked rather well, and are certainly as sweet as a meringue. I’ll get her to recreate the 3M mess at home so we can all taste it. It’s just a question of what to do with the remaining 40 meringues!

Update: Well, it was a huge success! Here’s the recipe in my 8 year old’s words…

3M Mess (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegetarian, vegan)

serves 1

  • 4 strawberries
  • a splash of balsamic vinegar
  • a squeeze of orange juice
  • a big handful of meringues
  • a couple of tsps of icing sugar
  • 1 small pot of yogurt
  • a drizzle of vanilla paste

– Scrunch up the strawberries with your hands

– Add icing sugar, balsamic vinegar and orange juice and stir

– Tear apart half the meringues and add.

– Dollop on the yogurt

– Marble

– Add other meringues and a little more yogurt, if wished

– Drizzle on the vanilla paste and top with more strawberries

– Enjoy!