Butler’s berries have saved us time and effort by cleverly bottling fresh raspberries, macerated in sugar syrup and sealed in a jar.  I thought this is not only great over ice cream but delicious folded through this glorious pudding known as Eton Mess.

Serves 4

2-3 cups fresh raspberries or strawberries or 1 jar of macerated berries and 1 -2 cups fresh

2 tsp caster or vanilla sugar

2 cups cream

4-6 meringues


If using the fresh berries which are already in syrup then you won’t need to add anything to your berries, however if using only fresh, you will need to cut the strawberries into chunks, sprinkle with a couple teaspoons sugar and a little fresh orange or pomegranate juice to add a little moisture. Whip the cream in a large bowl until thick but still soft. Roughly crumble in 4 of the meringues nests - you will need chunks for texture as well as a little fine dust.

Take out about half a cupful of the chopped berries, and fold the meringue cream and rest of the fruit mixture together.

Arrange on 4 serving plates or glasses or in a mound, and top each with some of the remaining macerated berries and any juice.