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Published: 22 Apr 2013      

ClassicEtonmess is a quick, crowd-pleasing dessert when made with shop-bought meringue. It's also a great way to use up broken homemade meringue. ClassicallyEtonmess is made with whipped cream, meringue and strawberries, but you can add anything from a dash of port to a splash of ginger cordial for a twist, or try it with raspberries, bananas and pineapples.


  • 500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, hulls removed
  • 400ml/14fl oz double cream
  • 3 x 7.5cm/3in ready-made meringue nests, crushed
  • 1 tbsp ginger cordial
  • sprigs of fresh mint, to garnish


  • Purée half the strawberries in a blender. Chop the remaining strawberries, reserving four for decoration.
  • Whip the double cream until stiff peaks form, then fold in the strawberry purée and crushed meringue. Fold in the chopped strawberries and ginger cordial.
  • Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into four cold wine glasses. Serve garnished with the remaining strawberries and a sprig of mint.