Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Summer Trifle

Jelly, fruit, yoghurt, trifle, pudding


I don't know about you, but I used to think of trifles as a preserve of the winter months, especially Christmas when it is my family’s dessert of choice. So when I concocted this dessert in the summer, I wasn’t really sure, initially what I would call it.

I was making a jelly, yoghurt, cakey, fruit individual pudding and when I looked at it, I realised that it was essentially a trifle. A summer trifle.

Jelly, fruit, yoghurt, trifle, pudding


I layered up fruit and jelly in individual jars and when set used some fat free greek yoghurt mixed with vanilla and granulated sweetener for a middle layer. I thought this was a bit like the custard filling in a trifle. And lastly I crumbled some cookies and strawberries on top.

As you can probably tell, I was going for a red, white and blue theme as Independence Day is coming up. I had blue jelly in the cupboard, and made some red cookies from last year’s ID4 recipe. The colours are obviously up to you. This will depend on the jelly, the fruit and cookies you use.

The outcome was a very eye catching trifle pudding, which wasn't really too bad on the old waistline. I used a sugar free jelly (you could use my recipe here), sweetener and the yoghurt, was 0% fat. The only ‘sinful’ bit was the cookies on top. You could use sponge cake in place of the cookies if you prefer.

Tip: I use old salsa dip jars to make the puddings in. The jars are washed thoroughly of course. In fact I used them before in a recipe for a Cinnamon Crunch Pudding.

Here’s how I made the summer trifle, but the amounts are quite vague!

Yield: 5 ‘jars’ or so

Ingredients:
One pack of jelly, prepared
Blueberries
0% Fat Greek Yoghurt (500ml approx.)
Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon granulated sweetener
1 dozen cookies, crumbled (or some sponge cake)
Strawberries, chopped

Method:
Scatter blueberries in the bottom of each jar and fill with jelly, just until the berries are covered. Refrigerate the jars until the jelly is set.



Mix the yoghurt with the vanilla and sweetener. Spoon the yoghurt on top of the set jelly in each jar. 



Lastly scatter crumbled cookie/cake and chopped strawberries on top.



It is a very simple recipe, but tasty and adaptable to whatever fruit, jelly, cake you have lying around.

Jelly, fruit, yoghurt, trifle, pudding


So, if you are in the mood for a bit of trifle in the summer months, why not? A trifle is for life, not just Christmas!

I am submitting this into this month's Treat Petite, hosted by Kat at The Baking Explorer. The theme is Summer. Need I say more?




25 comments:

  1. LOVE the colour combination! The stars are just perfect too :-)

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  2. Stuart, these are too awesome!!! As a fellow 4th July celebrator I love these!! The layering is so fun...love the added blueberries in the blue layer of jelly!! I bet these tasted great!

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    1. They were rather good Gem - and so easy to knock together!

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  3. What a fun recipe. Original and very eye-catching! Definitely hits the spot as a summer trifle.....

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    1. Cheers Kate, if we ever get a proper summer here in Scotland lol!!

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  4. I think the blue factor makes these awesome. I mean, we all know we shouldn't eat blue things... But all secretly want to!

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    1. Something about blue food is not right, but oh so good! I know what you mean Mr P.

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  5. Such fun Stuart and they look gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Jac, I should have saved you some!

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    2. Thanks Jac, I should have saved you some!

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  6. Trife is welcome in our house at any time of the year! Lovely to have the seasonal touches with the fresh fruit.

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    1. Very fresh tasting! And this would work any season you have actually given me an idea there :)

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  7. Hi Stuart! It seems great minds....you know the saying! I am 100% into summer trifles, though right now I am opting for red & white in tribute to my Canadian flag colours (Canada Day is July 1st). Come apricot, blueberry, etc seasons, no rules, just trifles! http://www.annaolson.ca/recipe/details/strawberry-shortcake-trifles

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    1. Anna - thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I had a look at your trifles and like you say, great minds! Yours look absolutely delicious. I hope you had a great Canada Day.

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  8. Love these, they look fab! Love using jars for things always think it is such a waste to put them in the recycling!

    P.S What flavour jelly is blue? :-)

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    1. Blueberry of course :D - I never like to throw anything out!!

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  9. Brilliant colours! I love trifle, it is such a classic dessert that reminds me of being a kid.

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    1. It reminds me of being a kid and Christmas too Dannii!

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  10. These are fabulous.... love the colours and the fact that it's not that lardy either... my kids will LOVE them!!!!

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    1. Yes, quite healthy Katie, not too bad at all!

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  11. Hmmmm - jelly but no custard! They look lovely and refreshing :) Very summery

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  12. You can't beat a good trifle, love these they look so cute!

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