Gamble Garden Recipe: Eton Strawberry Pudding

Nothing says summer fruit more than a sweet, juicy strawberry. They’re bursting with flavor right off the vine, and they’re an essential part of many a classic summer dessert. For a sweet end to your summer barbecues, Gamble’s Luncheon Committee shared their recipe for a dessert that’s as delicious as it easy to make: Eton Strawberry Pudding.

Also known as Eton Mess, Eton Strawberry Pudding is a classic British dessert made of strawberries, meringue, and whipped cream. The dessert takes its name from Eton College; it is served every year at Eton’s annual cricket match against Harrow School. The recipe below, taken from Gamble’s very own cookbook, “Gamble Garden Treasured Recipes”, makes things even easier by calling for store-bought meringues.


reprinted with permission from the Luncheon Committee
Serves 6


1 pound fresh strawberries, reserve a few for garnish
½ tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 pint heavy cream
4 ounces vanilla meringues, purchased
Sprigs of fresh mint leaves


    1. Wash, hull and chop the strawberries.
    2. Put two pieces of chopped strawberries aside per serving, for garnish.
    3. Puree ¼ of the chopped strawberries in a food processor with the confectioners sugar.
    4. Pass puree through a sieve to remove the seeds.
    5. Break meringues into small pieces, approximately 4 to 5 pieces per meringue.
    6. Whip the cream in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Do not over whip, so it will mix well with other ingredients.
    7. Wash and dry the mint sprigs.
    8. All of the above steps can be done in advance.
    9. When ready to serve, mix meringue pieces and remaining chopped strawberries in a large mixing bowl. Gently fold in the whipped cream.
    10. Do not mix too far in advance for meringues to stay firm.
    11. Fold in ½ of strawberry puree to give a marbled effect. Don’t over mix or the cream will turn pink.
    12. Serve in bowls, garnish with reserved strawberry pieces on top. Drizzle strawberry puree and top with a sprig of mint leaves.


Copies of Gamble Garden Treasured Recipes are available for purchase online, or at the Gamble Garden main office. The cookbook contains recipes for dishes served at Gamble’s monthly lunches and special events.