Berrymisu Mess

14 November 2023

Berrymisu mess

Love Food, Hate Waste

Think of a tiramisu, Eton mess, and parfait fusion - add berries and you’ve made a berrymisu mess!

A great way to use up those soft berries and you can change up the recipe to use what you already have, or your favourite ingredients to fill the layers and make your own misu-mess.


2 cups berries, fresh or frozen or a bit both

Sugar, to taste

200ml-300ml cream or coconut yoghurt

1 cup any or a mixture of crushed biscuits, meringue, pretzels, sponge fingers


  1. Place frozen and/or fresh berries in a saucepan or small pot, add a splash of water and place on the stove over medium high heat.
  2. Simmer while stirring occasionally until the fruit is soft and the liquid has thickened slightly. Test taste and add sugar if desired. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Prepare a bowl or cups.
  4. Whip cream until it reaches soft peaks (if using). If desired, you can also fold through a couple of tablespoons of the cooked berries with the whipped cream or yoghurt.
  5. To assemble, layer the bowl or cup starting with crushed biscuits, cooked fruit, cream or yoghurt and continue until you have used up all your ingredients.
  6. Serve or place in the fridge for a couple of hours to cool.


  • You can also use only fresh uncooked fruit in this recipe if you have that, or you can set some aside to add to the layers or garnish on top and cook the rest.
  • Adjust the ingredient quantities to suit what you have; this recipe makes about 2-3 servings.
  • Grated chocolate, chocolate sauce or other dessert sauces also makes a tasty addition or substitution in this recipe, add it to the layer or the very top.
  • A mixture of mascarpone cream and fresh cream also works well here, use 100g mascarpone and 200ml cream and whip together until it reaches soft peaks.
  • Custard also makes a nice substitute to the cream or yoghurt layer if you have plenty of that.

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