Tropical Eton mess served on an oval serving platter

Tropical Eton mess in minutes

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 6

Impress family and friends at the dinner table with this fabulously colourful Eton mess, with crumbled meringue, pineapple, papaya, raspberries and coconut

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal446
  • fat14g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars74g
  • fibre3g
  • protein3g
  • salt0g
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  • 2 x 400ml cans full fat coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 1 tbsp dark rum (optional)
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 small pineapple, peel cut off, halved and cut into slices



    With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…

  • 1 papaya, peeled, halved and cut into slices



    Native to tropical America, papayas are a large fruit also known as paw-paws. They have vibrant…

  • 100g raspberries
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • handful of toasted coconut flakes


  1. Scoop the thick coconut cream from the top of the cans of coconut milk into a bowl, reserving the coconut milk underneath, and chill while you make the coconut caramel. Measure 100ml coconut milk into a saucepan and add the light brown soft sugar, rum and a good pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer and bubble for 5 mins to make a thick glossy caramel. Set aside to cool a little.

  2. To make the meringues, sift the icing sugar over the egg white in a bowl. Stir until the mixture forms a thick, pliable icing. Roll the icing into balls (about 3 tbsp each), put on a plate lined with kitchen paper and microwave on high for 1½ mins until puffed up. Don’t worry if they look a little misshapen – no one will notice when they’re crumbled. Peel off the kitchen paper and put on a wire rack to cool.

  3. Arrange the meringues on a platter, smashing them up a bit. Whip the chilled coconut cream until smooth, then dollop on top of the meringue. Scatter over the fruit, drizzle with the coconut caramel and sprinkle with coconut flakes. Finally, squeeze over a few lime wedges, using the others to decorate the plate. Serve at the table with spoons for everyone to dig in.

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1st Jul, 2018
I made this yesterday to round off our barbecue. I replace the papaya with nectarines. Everybody absolutely loved it. Will be doing again.
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