There’s an old story about the invention of the Eton Mess that says during the annual cricket match at Eton College, sometime during the 1920s, a Labrador sat on a strawberry pavlova. It was crushed, but the students didn’t care and ate it anyway.
This isn’t true – it was actually invented by a chef in the 1930s, but it’s still a wonderfully tasty dessert made with meringue, strawberries, and cream.
- Prep time: 10 minutes
• Strawberries (500g, hull removed)
• Double Cream (400ml)
• Ready Made Meringue Nests (3, crushed)
• Mint (3-4 sprigs, to garnish)
1. Puree half the strawberries and chop the other half, saving a couple for decoration.
2. Whip the cream into stiff peaks, and fold in the strawberry puree and meringue.
3. Mix in the chopped strawberries.
4. Serve in wine glasses garnished with mint leaves.