• Iris Windsor

Tropical Mess Dessert

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

We have all heard of Eton Mess, the dessert that has been a firm favourite in English tradition relating to the boy's school in Eton in England

Today, I have a delicious Australian version of Eton Mess.

It is better to make it the day before to allow the flavours to develop.

Store in the refrigerator till required

Tropical Mess


12 mini meringue nests (ready prepared)

1 cup lemon or lime butter (store-bought or make your own from the recipe below)

4-6 bananas depending on size

8 small or 4 large passionfruit

600mls fresh cream whipped with vanilla

1 box of meringue stars if desired for decorating

1 punnet of strawberries, blueberries or raspberries for decorating

2 extra passionfruit for decorating if desired


  1. Crush 6 meringues into the bottom of a bowl...preferably glass

  2. Spread with 1/2 cup lime/lemon butter

  3. Slice bananas thinly and arrange in a layer on top of meringues and lemon butter

  4. Sprinkle with fresh passionfruit pulp

  5. Spoon in half of whipped cream

  6. Arrange another layer, crushed meringues, lemon butter, bananas and passionfruit

  7. Top with remaining cream

  8. Cover and refrigerate till required

  9. Decorate just before serving

  10. This will serve at least 12 guests so is a great one for a party

  11. Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge

  12. Will keep for 3 or 4 days

Lemon or Lime Butter


195mls strained lemon or lime juice

200gms butter

165gms white sugar

4 well-beaten eggs


  1. Combine juice and butter in a saucepan.

  2. Stir over low heat till butter melts

  3. Whisk sugar and eggs together till well mixed

  4. Add to saucepan with juice and butter (off the heat)

  5. Return to heat and stir constantly for 4 to 5 mins on medium heat till mixture thickens

  6. Try not to allow the mixture to boil. If boiled your lemon/lime butter will curdle

  7. Pour into a sealed container and leave to cool

  8. Makes about 2 cups.

  9. Delicious on toast or crumpets


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