Tasteful Tuesday – The Eton Mess

Right, so you and I both know that I’m bad at keeping to schedules. I can’t even complete the simple task of uploading a new Tasteful Tuesday once a frigging week. But in my defense, the big BB move has taken up so much of my time that I’ve been mega side tracked. So without further ado, here’s a Tasteful Tuesday that I had ready last week, but had no time to upload.

PS… I promise to be better in the future.

The Eton Mess is a dessert named after the British fancy pants boys school Eton College – those two cute British princes went there. It’s made from crushed meringue and cream, as well as some kind of fruit (traditionally strawberries). According to Wikipedia, a heavily reliable academic source, a popular myth is that the Eton mess was first created when a meringue dessert was accidentally crushed by a yellow labrador while traveling to a picnic at Eton College, but what could be salvaged was, and it was served as a crushed meringue with strawberries and cream.

Whether that’s true or not, I’ve included my (mom’s) meringue recipe below. It’s awesome – use it.

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Meringues:
• 225g castor sugar
• 1 egg white
• 2 tsp vinegar
• 2 Tblsp boiling water
• half tsp vanilla essence
• 1 tsp baking powder

– Turn oven up to 130ºC.
– Beat the sugar, egg white, vinegar and boiling water until stiff.
– Add baking powder & vanilla essence and beat again.
– Bake at 130ºC for half an hour.

* If you want your meringues to be tacky inside take them out the oven at this point, if you like them crispy and crumbly all the way through, turn the oven off but leave them indie for another 20 minutes or so.

– crumble into a bowl, pop in some chopped up strawberries and top it off with cream. Delisimo!

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