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Eton Mess

  • Author: Holley -


Paleo-ized traditional English dessert. Served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against Harrow School.  Known by this name since the 19th century.


  • 2 egg whites (we used duck eggs)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 3 cups strawberries washed and sliced



  1. Preheat oven to 200F and place the rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.
  3. Put egg whites into a pot on your stove, with your element on low.
  4. Whisk with a hand mixer on high, 4-5 min or until stiff peaks form, add the maple syrup a little at a time while beating for another minute.
  5. Put mixture into a piping bag, We used a med zip-lock bag, and just cut the corner off.
  6. Swirl the meringue onto the covered baking sheet, swirls should be around 1 inch in diameter.
  7. Put the meringues in the oven and bake for 2 hours, allow to completely cool.

Whipped Cream

  1. Place the can of coconut milk upside down in fridge overnight, or at least a few hours.
  2. Turn can over and scoop out the thick cream at the top (the rest can be used in curries or smoothies).
  3. Slice open a vanilla bean and scrape out the inside (looks like coffee grounds).
  4. Whip on high with a hand mixer adding maple syrup slowly until cream stiffens, you will see creases in the coconut milk as it thickens.


  1. Place half the strawberries in a food processor and pulse until just pureed. You can crush strawberries with a fork or masher if a food processor is not available, set aside.

Eton Mess

  1. Place 5 or 6 bite size meringues in a long-stemmed glass or dessert bowl (use more or less if you like).
  2. Break up a few more meringues, again up to you (I used 4 or 5), fold them into the mashed strawberries and 1/2 the whipped coconut cream.
  3. Spoon the mixture over the meringues in the bottom of the glass.
  4. Add the remainder of the sliced strawberries over the puree.
  5. Layer the remainder of the coconut cream over the sliced strawberries.
  6. Top with one last meringue.
  7. Serve immediately.


You do have to serve these delights as soon as you assemble them, once the meringes hit the strawberries they start to melt. Better if they melt in your mouth!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: British
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