Real Recipes From Real Home Cooks ®

lemon tropic layered dessert

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Kelly Asselin
Southwick, MA

My mother-in-law Mary made this several times. I love anything with lemon. She finally handed it to me a couple of years ago.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

What a find! This silky sweet treat would be the perfect addition to any potluck or luncheon. The banana flavor is pretty prevalent in this easy-to-make dessert. If you're not a huge banana fan, cut the bananas in half to let the pineapple and lemon flavors shine a little brighter.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 15 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr 45 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For lemon tropic layered dessert

  • 1 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 c
    light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 c
    cold butter
  • 2 can
    crushed pineapple (8 oz each)
  • 2 pkg
    lemon gelatin (3 oz each)
  • 1 c
    boiling water
  • 2 c
    cold water
  • 4 md
    firm bananas, chopped
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 2
    eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c
    heavy whipping cream, whipped

How To Make lemon tropic layered dessert

  • Flour, sugar, walnuts, and butter in a bowl.
    In a small bowl combine flour, walnuts, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until the mixture looks like coarse bread crumbs.
  • Mixture pressed into the pan and baking in the oven.
    Press in a 13in x 9in baking dish. Bake 350 12-15 min until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
  • Dissolving gelatin in a saucepan.
    For the filling, drain pineapple reserve juice for topping and set aside in a large bowl. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate until thick at least 1 hr.
  • Gelatin, bananas, marshmallows, and pineapple poured over crust.
    Fold in bananas, marshmallows, and reserved pineapple. Spoon over crust and refrigerate until firm (about 45 min).
  • Pineapple juice, water, sugar, flour, and eggs in a saucepan.
    For the topping, take reserved pineapple juice and add enough water to equal 1 cup. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and pineapple juice mixture until smooth. Cook and stir over med heat until thick and bubbly. Reduce heat. Cook and stir 2 min longer. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into eggs. Return all to pan, stir constantly, and bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir for 2 min. Transfer to a small bowl to cool completely.
  • Folding mixture into whipped cream.
    Once cooled, fold in whipped cream.
  • Spreading topping over the gelatin.
    Spread over gelatin layer and refrigerate until chilled.