If you鈥檙e anything like me, Eton mess is the ideal dessert to make. In other words, if you can鈥檛 pipe frosting into neat little points on a perfect layer cake (like this pi帽a colada cake), you鈥檝e never successfully lined a tin with pastry (let alone attempted a more complicated pie crust design) and you鈥檙e not particularly tidy with your garnish, Eton mess is the dessert for you. Not only does it taste amazing (how can you go wrong with cream, meringue and fruit?), but it鈥檚 also the easiest thing ever. It鈥檚 actually meant to look like a mess 鈥 if you make Eton mess look tidy, you鈥檙e not doing it right. This time, I decided to swap the usual fresh strawberries for peaches, which worked really well! Read on for the recipe.

Peaches and cream Eton mess

Ingredients:
Serves 4
鈥 1 1/8 cups heavy cream

鈥 4 meringue nests

鈥 3 fresh peaches

鈥 a few fresh mint leaves

* You may also need one tablespoon caster sugar, depending on how sweet your peaches are.

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Instructions:

1. Dice the peaches and add them to a saucepan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly for 5-10 minutes, until the fruit has completely broken down into a chunky peach sauce. You may also want to add a tablespoon of sugar to your peaches, depending on how sweet they are. Remember they will be served with the meringue, so this peach mixture doesn鈥檛 need to be overly sweet. Set aside to cool completely.

2. Whip the cream until it reaches the soft peak stage.

3. Crumble the meringue nests straight into the whipped cream and mix to combine.

4. Layer up the meringue and cream mixture with the cooled peach sauce. Top with a few fresh mint leaves to serve.

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Dice the peaches and add them to a saucepan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly for 5-10 minutes, until the fruit has completely broken down into a chunky peach sauce. You may also want to add a tablespoon of sugar to your peaches, depending on how sweet they are. Remember they will be served with the meringue, so this peach mixture doesn鈥檛 need to be overly sweet. Set aside to cool completely.

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Whip the cream until it reaches the soft peak stage.

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Crumble the meringue nests straight into the whipped cream and mix to combine.

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Layer the meringue and cream mixture with the cooled peach sauce. Top with a few fresh mint leaves to serve.

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And there you have it! Didn鈥檛 I tell you it was easy? It鈥檚 almost impossible to mess up Eton mess, so give it a try this summer. It鈥檚 the perfect way to use up delicious summer stone fruit.

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