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Eton Mess with Spiced Red Wine Syrup

Eton Mess is a simple British dessert, made with three ingredients: strawberries, whipped cream and meringue cookies. Over the years, many variations were created for this tasty dessert, all based on the same ingredients. In some, the strawberries are mixed with sugar and let steep to form a syrup, in others, part of the strawberries are pureed and mixed with the rest. In some, the strawberries, whipped cream and meringue cookies are all mixed together to form a “mess” (hence the name…), while in others, they are layered separately one on top of the other – which is what I chose to do here.
As the idea was to create a quick dessert, I opted for store-bought meringue kisses cookies, which worked well, though I’m definitely planning on making this dessert again with my homemade ones (click HERE for the recipe).
I also decided to upgrade the basic ingredients with some spiced red wine syrup,  that I always have in the fridge. The syrup added wonderful flavor and aroma, making the summery dessert more suitable for winter and the holidays. Try it and enjoy.

* Click HERE for a recipe for homemade meringue kisses.
* Click HERE for the recipe for red wine syrup. Another option is to use aged Port wine instead.

Makes: 8 large, or 16 small
Prep time: 20 minutes (not including red wine syrup and meringue cookies)

16 fl oz (475 ml) heavy whipping cream, very cold
1/3 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
About 4 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into medium pieces
24 vanilla meringue kisses, part broken (see notes)
½ cup spiced red wine syrup, at room temperature (see notes)

1. Pour the cream into a large bowl, add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and start whipping on low speed, for 1-2 minutes, to mix in the sugar. Gradually, increase the speed to medium, and whip until the cream is frothy. Increase to high speed, and whip until slightly stiff peaks form. Cover and keep in the fridge until using (up to 2 hours).

2. Wash and hull the strawberries, and drain over paper towels. Cut each and keep covered in the fridge until using.

3. To assemble, layer the red wine syrup, strawberries, meringue cookies and whipped cream, in dessert cups, mugs or bowls. Drizzle a bit more syrup on top and serve.

49 thoughts on “Eton Mess with Spiced Red Wine Syrup”

  1. Lovely dessert. I’m so pleased to read about Spiced Red Wine Syrup and I’m sure I won’t be waiting until I have some less than perfect wine to make it. I’m sure it will be a handy to have in the fridge/freezer.
    Thanks Ronit. :))

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  2. You just reminded me that way in the back of my fridge is a bottle of reduced red wine spiced syrup that I made in early November, and promptly forgot about it! I was thinking of adding some chilled club soda to it for a cocktail, but I can’t remember how sweet it is. In any case, this is a beautiful dessert. A crazy name, but Egon mess is lovely, and yours is extra special with the syrup! Happy New Year!

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  3. It deserves a better name, like “Pillows of Meringue and Strawberries Drizzled with Spiced Red Wine Syrup…” Apparently, this has been a traditional dessert when Eton and Harrow got together for their annual cricket game. I can never resist researching things… Love the wine syrup – I usually make my own meringue but it’s good to know you can buy the cookies.

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    1. lol The name you gave it is definitely better!
      Homemade meringue cookies are always better, but ready made ones are great to have at hand for a last minute dessert. The wine syrup added such nice flavor and aroma for this simple dessert. It’s a keeper! 🙂


  4. When we were visiting the Cotswold district in England, we had Eaton Mess at a charming inn and it was delicious. I can just imagine how good your version is with your wine syrup.

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