Eaton Mess!! Katie’s Birthday Cake!

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Yesterday was my little girl Katie’s 26th birthday and her wish for dessert was a super easy dessert called Eaton Mess!!  It is a traditional dessert of crushed up meringue mixed with whipped cream and strawberries and bananas.  It is usually served at Eaton College during their annual cricket match against Harrow College.  But we served it for my daughter’s birthday, since we didn’t want to have to wait for the cricket match.

Eaton Mess

Serves 8

8 egg whites
2 cups of white sugar
large pinch of salt
2 tsps of vanilla

4 cups of whipping cream
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla

6 cups of chopped mixed fresh fruit and berries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line two baking pans with parchment paper.  Beat egg whites with salt and vanilla until opaque.  Add sugar very gradually until soft shiny firm peaks form.  Spread the meringue mixture evenly over the two pans and bake for 75 minutes, switching the pans around half way through.    Then turn off oven and open the door.  Allow the meringues to cool in the oven until room temperature.  While meringues are cooling, cut up and prepare fruit.  Whip the whipping cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla til stiff peaks form, refrigerate fruit and cream.  When cool, remove meringues from oven and tear into bite size pieces.  Fold the meringue and fruit into the whipped cream and serve.  So delicious!!  I hope you enjoy.  Cheers, Michele