Friday, September 26, 2008

My mom's easy trifle recipe

For those of you who don't know it. Trifle is this English desert that consists of several layers of cake fruit and whatever you have on hand to add, usually custard.

My mom makes it in a very simple way, and it was always a family favorite and a hit at any dinner party.

I decided to make trifle yesterday at a spur of the moment.. Yup it's that simple. My significant other likes lots of deserts in Ramadan, and we had finished eating our last cookie batch, so I offered to make him a fruit salad.
While cutting the fruit I realized we had everything to make a quick trifle dish and I had already cut the fruit.
So I layered a Pyrex dish with plain biscuits, added the fruit, coverd it with some more biscuits and poured jello over it until it covered it.
Left it in the fridge to firm up over night, then topped it with some home made whipped cream.
How easy is that!
I left some fruit for the fruit salad in case you were wondering, we ate the trifle today, and it was everything I'd imagined it to be, just wonderful.
BTW( my mom topped the trifle with custard instead of whipped cream, but Its just as good with the whipped cream, and the traditional recipe I think has cake instead of biscuits)

My mom's easy trifle recipe:

1 orange peeled and chopped
1 apple peeled and chopped
1 cup grapes, cut into halves
2 bananas, diced
1 cup strawberries diced
(you can use any seasonal fruits, these are fruit suggestions)
My mom used pomegranate a lot.
you can also add chopped toasted walnuts( optional)
1 Pack plain sugar free biscuits( we used this brand called Mary biscuits, and luckily I found the same exact brand at the halal store)any other plain kind will work.
2 or 3 packs instant strawberry flavored jello (I used pineapple this time coz I was out of strawberry, it was almost as good)
Home made whipped cream, or if you have time, make some custard.

Layer the bottom of a deep Pyrex dish( I like it to be rectangular) with biscuits, mix the fruits and add them, then cover with more biscuits and add jello to cover.
Leave in the fridge until the jello firms up, or over night, then top with cream or custard.

Make du'a for my mom while you're eating it.


Syeda Romina said...
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AM Nichols said...

I'm writing up a Trifle Recipe Roundup post for the FoodieView blog at, and would like to link to your trifle post. I’d also like permission to use the pan photo. You’ll be given a caption reading “Photo by Muslim Hippie” on any pictures used, and you'll have a link back to your post.

My roundup post on trifle recipes will post on January 5, 2009.

Can I get your permission to do so? Just respond via email at with a yes or no. (Hopefully YES!)

Thanks in advance, Anne-Marie