Madhouse Mess

Preparation info

  • Makes


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      10 min

Appears in

Madhouse Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for the Busy Family Kitchen

Madhouse Cookbook

By Jo Pratt

Published 2013

  • About

Need a quick dessert to quite literally throw together to finish off your family meal before the kids race off and find better things to do than be sociable with their parents? All you need for this is fruit (fresh or thawed), bought meringues and heavy cream. Then add more madness and jazz it up with anything you find in the cupboards.


  • cups heavy or whipping cream, Greek yogurt, sour cream, crème fraîche or ice cream (thawed to a dolloping consistency)
  • 3 or 4 bought meringue nests or 2 or 3 handfuls mini meringues
  • 2 cups soft fruit, thawed if frozen and cut into small pieces if necessary: virtually anything goes, such as berries, bananas, ripe pears or canned fruit, such as peaches, apricots, pears or cherries, grapes, mango and so on
  • 2 tablespoons jam, such as raspberry, strawberry or cherry (optional)


    1. Put the cream, or whatever you are using, in a large mixing bowl.
    2. If you are using cream, then whisk to form soft peaks. Crumble in the meringues, then throw in the fruit. Using a large spoon, fold everything together, then swirl in the jam, if using—if the fruit you are using is naturally sweet, the jam won’t be necessary.
    3. Spoon into dishes and, if you’re jazzing up your Madhouse Mess, scatter the chosen treat over and tuck in.