Eton mess

June 24, 2009 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)

The beauty of this dessert is in its name. Eton mess is great because it can be a visual disaster and still be delicious. That’s the point! You can’t go wrong with this tantalising British classic. Serve with a cup of tea. 

Eton mess

Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 15 mins


  • 300ml fresh cream
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) castor sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds reserved
  • 200g ready-made meringues, roughly crushed
  • 2 punnets fresh berries or any other seasonal fruit
  • melted chocolate, to dip
  • icing sugar, to dust



Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla seeds. Layer the meringues, cream and fruit in glasses, ending with cream and fruit. Garnish with a piece of fruit dipped in chocolate. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.


To drink: Boplaas Red Muscadel Vintners Reserve is smooth, heady and indulgent. Serve it chilled with this dessert.


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