Nigella Lawson’s Eton mess recipe is easy and perfect for using up fruit

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert that consists of strawberries, berries, meringue and whipped cream.

The recipe is believed to originate from Eton College and is the perfect way to use up old strawberries.

The popular dessert is similar to pavlova which also includes meringue, fruit and whipped cream.

With Wimbledon in full swing, this is the perfect dessert to incorporate both strawberries and cream which are synonymous with The Championships.

Nigella Lawson has shared her easy four-ingredient method for making Eton mess.

Nigella said of the recipe: “This recipe uses bottled fresh pomegranate juice to encourage the strawberries to ooze out their fragrant summery juices.

“If you’re making this with out-of-season strawberries, then you stand a chance of using freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, in which case, sprinkle some seeds on top of this voluptuous mound of meringue and berry-spiked cream.”

The recipe has been popular among Nigella’s fans with some fans claiming it’s “so easy”.

One person said: “My go-to dessert because it is so easy, lush, fruity and such a crowd pleaser! This dessert also allows you to have more time with your guests.”

Another commented: “This has become my go-to summer dessert – it’s so easy and everyone loves it. I substitute a little raspberry liqueur for the pomegranate juice since I usually am serving it to adults. I even found some cute little martini glasses to serve it in!”

How to make Nigella Lawson’s Eton mess


  • 500g strawberries
  • Two teaspoons caster sugar (or vanilla sugar)
  • Two teaspoons pomegranate juice
  • 500ml whipping cream
  • Four small meringue nests (from a packet)


1. Firstly, hull and chop the strawberries into a bowl. Add the sugar and fruit juice and leave them to macerate.

2. Next, whip the cream. Whip it in a large bowl until it’s thick and soft.

3. Crumble the meringues into the cream, leaving bigger chunks for texture.

4. Fold 100g of the strawberries into the cream mixture before adding more of the fruit but not all of it.

5. Divide it into four ramekins or bowls before topping with the remaining strawberries.

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