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    Eton Mess

    Eton mess is what happens when the labrador sits on the picnic basket in the back of the Roller on the way to the Fourth of June parents' day. No Etonian of my limited acquaintance seems to recognise the dish, though it often pops up on Modern British menus. If you have neither the time nor inclination to make meringues, buy good-quality, shop-bought ones. Delicious, either way

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    • 3 egg whites
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 600ml double cream, whipped till stiff
    • 700g ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced

    Method

    1. Beat together the egg whites and sugar in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, till the mix forms a thick trail when the whisk is removed.
    2. Remove the bowl from the bain marie, and continue to whisk for about 2 minutes or until the mixture has cooled down significantly. Using 2 spoons, spoon 6 meringues onto parchment-lined baking trays, then bake at 100C/gas 1/4 for 1 hour 45 minutes.
    3. When cold, roughly crush the meringues, combine with the strawberries and cream, and pile in a bowl.

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