Trifle Pudding – A yummy, fruity treat for Any occasion, Any season

Enjoy making this beautiful Fruit Trifle Pudding, tossing any seasonal fruit and add extra colour to any occasion!

The glorious appearance and the delicious taste in this dessert is a real winner among any other yummy treats. The usual traditional English Trifle Pudding has a generous amount of whipped cream, which I deliberately avoided and added custard cream instead. This, in turn, gave this pudding a lighter texture so that you won’t feel too heavy after tucking into it!

Pineapples alone give a distinct taste and flavour to this pudding. So, remember to add a ripped, juicy pineapple along with other fruits.

Also, make the sponge cake, Jelly in two colours and the custard cream, on the previous day to make the whole process easier. I have given the recipe of the sponge cake below, which is the best choice for this pudding. Do not use the usual butter cake/pound cake/fruit cake even if you are tempted because they tend to crumble and spoil the original delicate taste. The sponge cake stays neat and nice, absorbing the juices and contributing a great deal to the overall taste.

Let’s see what are the ingredients you need;

Sponge cake (thinly sliced) Recipe given below1
Pineapple (stewed) Recipe given below1
Condensed milk2/3 tbsp
Custard cream (Vanilla flavour)-Make according to the
instructions given in the packet
2 mugs
Strawberries, apples, grapes (red & green), raspberries, blackberries, cherries, mangoes or any other fruit
(If you take bananas, slice and sprinkle some lemon to prevent blackening)
1- 2 cup each
Jelly in red and green colours2 cups
Tuti fruiti1 cup
Cashews (optional)
Sultana (optional)
Ingredients – Sponge cake slices, jelly, stewed pineapples, custard cream, tuti fruiti and sliced fruits

Let’s assemble all to produce this beautiful trifle;

  • Choose a tall Pyrex dish and arrange a neat layer of sliced cakes on the bottom
  • Arrange strawberries around the dish which will look pretty from outside. You can arrange grapes, bananas or any other fruit of your choice
  • Pour some pineapple syrup on the cake slices
  • Scatter some pineapple pieces on top
  • Cover with a thin layer of custard cream
  • Now, arrange a layer of jelly cubes
  • Throw any kind of fruit pieces on top
  • Again, a layer of cakes must be arranged
  • A dash of pineapple syrup and pineapple chunks must go next
  • Custard cream
  • Fruits
  • Jelly
  • Cakes
  • The layers must continue until you reach the top
  • Pour 2tbsp of condensed milk
  • Smear a layer of custard cream as the last layer
  • Arrange strawberry slices or any other fruits and decorate attractively
  • Sprinkle tuti fruiti, cashews, sultanas or any dry fruit pieces
  • Store in the fridge for at least 8hrs, preferably overnight
  • All the juices will get soaked up and blended beautifully when you serve. Cut into squares and serve on dainty dessert plates
  • Enjoy!

Sponge Cake Recipe

Ingredients :

Eggs4
Sugar120g
Flour120g
Butter50g
Milk60ml
Baking Powder1tsp
Lemon3/4 drops
Salt3 pinches

Make it:

  • Set the Oven at 160C
  • Melt the butter on a pan under low heat. Mix half of sugar, milk and salt. Keep aside
  • Separate the egg whites and yolks taking care not to mix even a tiny bit of egg yolks in egg whites
  • Beat egg whites in full speed using an electric hand mixer for 1 min
  • Continue beating while adding the rest of sugar and lemon juice
  • Notice the egg whites become stiff and start forming peaks after 2/3 mins. Stop beating at this point
Egg whites form into peaks!
  • Whisk the egg yolks and add the butter mixture. Whisk until all combined
  • Gradually add flour + baking powder and mix thoroughly with a spatula or a wooden spoon until everything comes together as a smooth batter
  • Now, add the egg yolks into this batter and mix everything together
  • Pour into a tray, lined up with parchment paper and bake in the lower tier of the oven for 15/20 mins or until a skewer comes out clean when stabbed in the middle
  • Take the cake out of the oven and drop the tray 2/3 times on the pantry top to loosen the edges. Take out from the tray and leave to cool completely
  • Cut into thin dainty slices

Pineapple Stew Recipe

  • Cut a juicy, riped pineapple into chunks
  • Drop the chunks into a pan with a 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water with a pinch of salt
  • Simmer under very low flame until the pineapple pieces become very soft
  • Check the taste. If the sugar is not enough, add a little bit more
  • If the syrup is less you can add a bit more water and simmer a little longer
  • Done!
Caramel pudding

Caramel pudding – Steamed caramel pudding made with fresh milk

caramel pudding

My favourite dessert since childhood, caramel pudding, is now my little son’s favourite too.  My mum used to make this with condensed milk which, undoubtedly had a very smooth, rich and creamier texture.  In the process of trying to produce a healthier version,  I came across this recipe from an old recipe collection.  You can either steam this or bake in the oven. However, steamed puddings always have a distinct delicate texture than the oven baked ones, which I am addicted to.

Get ready with the following items:

 Whole milk 2 cups
 White sugar3/4 cups
 Eggs (large) 4
 Vanilla essence lemon zest 1 tsp
Lemon zest (optional) 1/2 ts
 For the caramel 
 White sugar 5 tbsp
 Water3 tbsp

Let’s make it 

Heat up milk

  • Pour milk into a pan and heat up until it reaches the boiling point but do not boil
  • Mix vanilla, switch off the flame and let the milk cool down

Blend

  • Drop sugar and eggs to the blender
  • Whizz just 5 seconds. (do not overdo it as the sponginess of the pudding will be affected)
  • Now, slowly pour into them
  • Whip with a hand whisker until frothy
  • Add vanilla and lemon zest
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Make the Caramel 

  • Drop sugar and water into a small pan
  • Bring to boil
  • Let the syrup turn light brown. (Do not let it turn too dark as the syrup will taste bitter)
  • Add 1 tbsp of hot water and let the syrup bubble away for a minute and switch off the flame.
  • The caramel is ready now

Steam 

  • Pour the caramel into the pudding bowl and circle around so that the caramel stick onto the sides of the bowl
  • Rub butter all around the bowl
  • Pour the milky liquid in
  • Cover the top tightly with a foil
  • Place a close fitting plate on
  • Fill a large pan half with water
  • Drop a tea towel or place a saucepan stand on the bottom (This will prevent the pudding bowl shake too much while boiling and spilling out the liquid)
  • Dip the pudding bowl slowly into the middle of the pan
  • Cover the large pan with a foil or a tea towel first and then close with the lid.
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  • Place the pan on stove  under high flame and steam for 1 hr.  Check the water level half way and pour boiling water if needed.
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Cool it off

  • Take the pudding bowl out and let it cool off completely.
  • Place the bowl in the fridge.
  • Once chilled loosen from around
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  • Then place a flat, wide plate on top of the pudding bowl and gently turn the bowl upside down
  • Give a gentle knock on the bottom of the bowl.
  • Slowly, lift the bowl up
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  • Voila !!! your pudding is out, sitting primly with a pool of caramel juices
  • Cut nice triangles and serve with juices
  • Yummy !!!
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Tip: To make cute individual puddings for kids, use several ramekin bowls .

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watalappan

Sri Lankan Watalappan – with coconut milk powder

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This glorious treat is usually reserved for a special occasion considering its extraordinary richness and exotic taste.

Traditionally,  this pudding is steamed in an aluminium pudding basin, dipped into a large pan half-filled with water. However, you can also bake it in a Pyrex dish in the oven which is easier and less time-consuming.   If you fancy the original taste, do not hesitate to steam it. Either way, you will come to love it!!

I made this pudding using Maggi coconut milk powder which I found the best choice in the absence of fresh coconut milk and also, the texture of the pudding comes out much firmer allowing you to cut into dainty squares.

So, give it a try today !!

What you will need:

 Maggie Coconut Milk Powder6 full tablespoons
Palm jaggery (Brown)1 round
Brown sugar2 tbsp
Nutmeg -grated (essential item for this pudding)1 full tsp
Saltpinch
Eggs (large)5
Water1/2 cup

Let’s make it :

  • Place the jaggery round in a bag and knock it with a rolling pin until powdered

Blend it

  • Now, drop jaggery, eggs, coconut milk powder, grated nutmeg, salt and 2 tbsp of water into the blender jar
  • Blend only 30  seconds.  More mixing will loosen the pudding
  • Sieve through a siever

Oven it

  • Pour the liquid into a pudding basin, cover tightly with a foil and steam.  Or, pour into a Pyrex dish, cover with a foil, place the dish in a baking tray, half-filled with water and bake in the oven at 200 C for 30 – 45 mins. (This is called double boiling method)
  • After 45 mins take the tray out, remove the cover slightly and insert a skewer and check if it comes clean.  If so, the pudding is ready!  If not, place it in the oven for another 10 mins.
  • Take the dish out, open the foil cover and let it cool off. (You can sprinkle some roasted or raw cashews on top at this point)

Serve

  • Place the pudding in the fridge and cut into perfect squares before serving.
  • Yum !!