Eton mess with fruit and liqueur

Recipe from: 29 July 2015
recipes, fruit, desserts

Ingredients 9
Servings 6
Time 30 min + cooling time


  • 100
  • 15
    liquid glucose or golden syrup
  • 2
    large egg whites
  • 300
    fresh fruit or berries, peeled and cubed - strawberries, gooseberries, pineapple, guava
  • 150
    castor sugar
  • 50
    fruit liqueur of your choice (or use brandy)
  • 500


1-2 hours

Oven temperature: 100°C

Heat the sugar, glucose and 65ml water together in a saucepan. Allow the sugar to dissolve and then reduce the heat and simmer until the syrup reaches hard-ball stage (125°C). (To test, drop a small amount of mixture into a little cold water. The mixture should form a hard ball.) Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add the syrup in a thin, steady stream while the beater is running. Beat for 10 minutes until thick and glossy.

Reserve half of the mixture. Place spoonfuls of the remaining mixture onto a lined baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven until crisp. Switch off the oven and allow to cool inside the oven.

Heat the fresh fruit or berries with the castor sugar. Add a little water if necessary and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes until the fruit has softened. Remove from the heat and add the liqueur or brandy. Set aside to cool completely.

To serve

Roughly crush the cooked meringues. Whip the cream. Spoon some of the fruit filling into serving glasses. Fold the crushed meringues, whipped cream and the remaining fruit filling together gently. Spoon into the glasses.

Spoon the reserved meringue mixture into a piping bag. Pipe on top of each pudding. Use a blow torch to brown the top of the meringue.

Serve immediately.

Words and image:
Ideas magazine

To receive quick and convenient weekday recipes, join our Easy Weekday Meals mailing list, and for up-to-date trending food, restaurant and wine news subscribe to our Editor’s Weekly newsletter.


Read more on: desserts  |  recipes  |  fruit

You might also Like


Ceasar salad

2018-08-14 10:59 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.