We’re in the middle of strawberry season, and even in Great Britain the sweet fruit is on everyone’s lips. The reason: Star chef Jamie Oliver caused a stir with a protest campaign that focused on a strawberry dessert. He and scores of other protesters gathered outside Downing Street in London, carrying portions of the English strawberry dessert “Eton Mess”. Purpose: Oliver and his supporters wanted to protest against the British government’s anti-obesity strategy.
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Eton Mess: With this recipe you prepare a dessert with strawberries
Prime Minister Boris Johnson must keep his promise and end fast food advertising by the 46-year-old star chef on Twitter. “We have to prioritize children’s health,” he said. And the strawberry dessert? Eton Mess is a strawberry and cream dessert loved by the British upper class.
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Jamie Oliver has insisted that the dessert was invented in the privileged place where the Prime Minister went to school – the elite Eton school. But how do you prepare dessert? A fresh dessert made with sour cream, creme fraiche and strawberries is very quick and tastes amazing. You can easily try this recipe.
Ingredients for Eton Mess
You will need: 2 cups of sour cream, 2 cups of crème fraiche, 500 grams of strawberries, 4 packets of vanilla sugar, 20 milliliters of sherry, 30 grams of meringue.
Here’s how it works: Wash the strawberries, quarter them and mix them in a large bowl with two scoops of vanilla sugar. Leave the infusion for about ten minutes. Then, in another bowl, mix the sour cream, creme fraiche, sherry and the remaining vanilla sugar. Then puree the strawberries with a magic wand or in a blender.
Then the serving begins: the ingredients are mixed. It is better to use bowls or dessert glasses for this. Spread some of the cream mixture on the bottom, then layer the meringue crumbs and top with the strawberries. Then repeat everything. At least two full “passes” should go into a jar. At the end, the dessert can also be decorated with some ice and a mint leaf.
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By the way: if you want to add a little more flavor to the recipe, you can marinate the strawberries with a glass of cherry brandy. This gives the dessert an interesting note, but then it is no longer suitable for children. Enjoy your meal!