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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Eton Mess is a British dessert made of broken meringue, fruit (traditionally strawberries), and whipped heavy (double) cream, mixed together into a sublime combination of textures and flavors. Some recipes include liqueur or a drizzle of chocolate.

Known as Eton Mess since the nineteenth century, the first mention of “Eton Mess aux Fraises” dates to a grand garden party in 1893 described by historian Arthur Beavan. It was attended by Queen Victoria on the eve of the marriage of Prince George, the Duke of York, and Princess May of Teck.