JULIA’S PEACH + RASPBERRY ETON MESS (serves 6)
2 egg whites
120g caster sugar
50g roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped, plus extra to serve
5 yellow peaches
2 cardamom pods, bruised
2 tbsp caster sugar
Juice of half a lemon
400ml pure cream, whipped to soft peaks
250g raspberries, to serve
Preheat oven to 140 degrees celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt in an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until mixture is stiff and glossy and all sugar has dissolved. Gently fold through in the hazelnuts. Pile the meringue on to the baking sheet and spread into a rectangle, around 1cm thick. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the meringue is crisp to touch but still soft on the inside. Turn off the oven, leave the door ajar, and allow to cool completely in the oven. Break the meringue into large pieces and set aside.
For the peaches, make a small cross at the base of each peach with a sharp knife and place in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave to sit for 3 minutes. Remove from the water and when cool enough to touch, peel the skin and discard. Roughly chop the peach flesh into large pieces, discarding the stones, and place in a small saucepan along with the cardamom pods, sugar and lemon juice. Cook on a low-medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until soft. Cool completely and discard the cardamom pods.
Puree half of the peach mixture in a small food processor or with a stick blender until smooth and fold through the whipped cream.
To assemble, dollop some of the peach cream into individual serving bowls, followed by some meringue, a spoonful of the stewed peaches and a few raspberries. Top with more peach cream, peaches and raspberries and finish off with a scattering of roasted hazelnuts.
What else I’m cooking with…
New season garlic, all the berries and cherries (not so much cooking with but definitely eating) and beautiful peppers – stewed, grilled, roasted!
What I’m eating…
All the snacks at Carlton Wine Room. Particularly the house-made focaccia with stracciatella! So good!
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