Eton Mess

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Eton Mess
Eton Mess with strawberries, blackberries, currants and plums

Eton measurement is a dessert of the English kitchen , consisting of a mixture of fruits (traditionally strawberries ), broken meringues and whipped cream is. Some recipes also contain liqueur or chocolate sauce .


The dessert was first mentioned in 1893. It is believed to have originated from Eton College . It was served there in the school's Sock Shop (a small retailer) in the 1930s . It was originally made with strawberries or bananas and with ice cream or cream. Meringue was added later.

Similar desserts are Lancing measurement (with bananas), which at Lancing College in West Sussex is served and Clare College Mush from Clare College of the University of Cambridge . The word mess can refer to the appearance of the plate, to people eating together (see fair (shipping) ) or to a “large amount of food”.

Use in Brexit

The Brexit Chaos is referred to by critics as the Eton Mess in the figurative sense, due to the prominence of some Eton graduates in the House of Commons .

See also

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Helen Saberi: Eton Mess . In: Darra Goldstein (Ed.): The Oxford companion to sugar and sweets . Oxford University Press , Oxford 2015, ISBN 978-0-19-931339-6 , pp. 243 .
  2. ^ Charles Sinclair: Dictionary of Food. International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z. 2nd edition. A & C Black, London 2005, ISBN 978-1-4081-0218-3 , pp. 207 .
  3. Heston Blumenthal : No messing. In: The Guardian . June 28, 2003, accessed March 31, 2019 .
  4. Gina Thomas: The day on which history should have been written. In: . March 30, 2019, accessed April 1, 2019 .