Peach Amaretti Mess

While the traditional English version of "Eton mess" is a mixture of strawberries, meringue and cream, this Italian version uses peaches, chocolate and amaretti cookies.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4


2 1/2
cups whipping cream, chilled
cup granulated sugar
tablespoons unsweetened dark or regular baking cocoa
lb fresh or frozen peaches (2 medium), chopped
cup packed brown sugar
tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2
tablespoons peach-flavored schnapps, if desired
cup crushed amaretti cookies
Additional crushed amaretti cookies
whole amaretti cookies

  • 1 In large bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed. As cream begins to thicken, beat in granulated sugar and cocoa. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 2 In 10- or 12-inch skillet, cook peaches, brown sugar and lemon juice over medium heat. As sugar melts to form sauce, stir in schnapps. Cook until peaches are softened.
  • 3 In individual dessert dishes, layer whipped cream, crushed cookies and peaches. Repeat layers. Garnish each with whipped cream, crushed cookies and 1 whole cookie. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

Make the whipped cream and peaches ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to build the desserts.

Drizzle the tops with extra sauce from the peach mixture.