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Fresh strawberries and eton mess question

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Holymoly321 Tue 13-Oct-09 16:25:44

Am planning on making eton mess for dessert for FIL at weekend - his favourite pud for his birthday. Thing is, it's not really fresh strawberry season. I know they are still in the shops but are they that tasty? Should I get tinned strawberries for the eton mess instead or is there something I can do to fresh strawbs to make them taste more of strawberry and less of nothing at all?

stillstanding Tue 13-Oct-09 16:27:49

Definitely avoid tinned strawberries or at the least mix them with fresh ones. I would just add a bit of sugar to fresh strawberries.

CarmelitaMiggs Tue 13-Oct-09 16:29:07

OMG don't go near a tin
Had strawbs on Sunday and they were fine
they fly them in from Kenya anyway

BertieBotts Tue 13-Oct-09 16:30:02

What is wrong with tinned strawberries?

NancyBotwin Tue 13-Oct-09 16:30:58

I thought it was raspberries not strawberries??

Holymoly321 Tue 13-Oct-09 16:36:40

Ok - will get fresh strawbs and give them some sugar.

MummyDoIt Tue 13-Oct-09 16:37:47

And don't make it in advance. The meringue dissolves into the cream if you do!

overmydeadbody Tue 13-Oct-09 21:06:56

well bertie, for a start tinned strawberries are cooked.

sabire Wed 14-Oct-09 13:52:11

This pud works really well with good quality frozen raspberries.

Actually it's nicer than with strawberries...

seeker Wed 14-Oct-09 14:02:17

My ds saw it on a menu once and told me in a stage whisper that the restaurant had made a spelling mistake - it should be Eaten, not Eton!

I would use frozen strawberries or raspberries. Iceland do excellent ones. Don't use tinned - although tinned are very good in trifle.

claricebeansmum Wed 14-Oct-09 14:04:58

Eton mess is raspberries, not strawberries.

feetheart Wed 14-Oct-09 14:07:35

Still got reasonably priced, and tasty, English strawberries in Sainsburys on Sat.

Mmmmmmmm, LOVE Eton Mess (droooooooooooool)

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 14:22:58

No clarice, Strawberries are the traditional fruit of choice for Eton Mess, or, historically, bananas. Not raspberries.

sprogger Wed 14-Oct-09 14:26:44

Try fresh strawberries with a little sugar and balsamic vinegar and make sure you leave a good couple of hours for them to macerate. Balsamic does wonders for substandard strawberries.

BertieBotts Wed 14-Oct-09 14:29:03

Oh I see, so tinned strawberries are wrong for Eton Mess, not just wrong in general?

eyetunes Wed 14-Oct-09 14:30:05

must be fresh strawbs def.

Reading this thread, i could murder a massive bowl of eton right now.

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 14:43:06

yep Bertie.

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