Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Eton Mess from London

Miniature replica of the queen mother's carriage, from the 1952 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Miniature of queen mother's carriage, Eton Mess, and a Wedgewood vase
You find yourself in a medieval building with a wooden interior, amongst many different types of suits of armor. The drafty room chills you as you climb the stone stairs. Many people were imprisoned in these quarters centuries before. You go through one of the many towers in the Tower of London complex quickly, before visiting the queen's jewels in the next building...
There, you stand on a treadmill to fleetingly view the jewels for a few seconds, before you return to take it one more time to catch another glimpse of some of the largest material treasures in the world.

The original Eton Mess contains whipped cream, strawberries, and broken pieces of meringues. It began as a mix of bananas or strawberries with ice cream or cream that was served at the Eton School in London, and has been traditionally eaten on June 4th. For this year's Diamond Jubilee, however, several new versions were created, and the simple dessert became more complicated but certainly more delicious than ever. 

Tower Bridge

Heston's Recipe (adapted)

50 grams sugar
65 grams ground almonds
50 grams flour
pinch of salt
50 grams butter

Strawberry and Rose Coulis
200 grams quartered strawberries
200 grams whole strawberries
120 grams sugar
1 tablespoon amaretto
1 teaspoon rosewater or to taste
juice of 1 lemon

Marbled Cream
160 ml whipping cream
400 grams yogurt
60 grams broken meringue pieces

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the ingredients for the crumble and place them on a baking sheet in the oven for 30 minutes. Place sugar on strawberries in the blender and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and puree.  Finally, mix some whipping cream with yogurt. Take a parfait glass, and add a layer of cream, then some puree, another layer of cream, crumble some meringue pieces and add more puree. Finally top it with the almond crumble.

Coming up next:
Thai Sticky Rice with Mango
British Bakewell Tart
Indonesian Banana Rice Tamales
Philippine Mango Float
Moroccan Almond Paste Horns


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