The flavors and textures of Eton’s British Mess are nearly the same, but the presentation is dressed up. Unlike the perfect pavlova, the clear Eton mess is served in a bowl or small pot with a spoon rather than on a dessert plate with a fork.
Similar to a layered French parfait, Eton’s first meringue and strawberry mess, called Eton Strawberry Mess, was first served at the 1893 summer pre-wedding party of the future King George V when he took Princess Mary of Teck as his wife. Queen Victoria was in attendance and the dessert was a hit, according to Dark Atlas.
What sets the Eton Mess apart from its refined cousin? Simply, meringue style. Rather than forming the meringue into a single cake, the meringue is shaped into thin, crisp cookies. Master class suggests that you spice up meringue cookies with cocoa powder or citrus zest to enhance the flavor. Once baked, the cookies are broken into generous chunks and placed in a bowl with heavy whipped cream. A traditional Eton mess top meringue pieces and whipped cream with strawberries and icing sugar, par BBC Food, making it look a bit like a delicious grape. They add that creative play with different berries and flavors is welcome in Eton’s modern mess.