Monday, April 16, 2012

Strawberry-Banana Trifle

 I wasn't going to post this, but Ole Sweetie-Pi kept yammering at me until I agreed to put this on the blog, smiles.  This is a dessert I've made for 30 years or more, and don't even have a handwritten recipe for it.  It's one of those easy, delicious, beautiful, make-ahead desserts that you can make without a lick of baking, or if you have the time and inclination, to make as much from-scratch as you wish.  I can't tell you how many times I've made this over the years, and it's still a favorite.  No trifle bowl?  No problem!  Fits nicely into a large pie plate.

Sweetie-Pi ate almost the entire pie-panful by himself!! recipe...just a how to. 

Strawberry-Banana Trifle

One loaf pound cake, cut into an even number of slices
Strawberry jam
A bit of sherry (the kind you drink, not cooking sherry!)
3-4 bananas sliced
Vanilla pudding (two boxes prepared according to directions on box)
A pint of strawberries, rinsed, dried, sliced
Whipped topping

Make "sandwiches" wth the sliced pound cake and strawberry jam and line the bottom and sides of your pie plate with the sandwiches, cutting to fit as needed.  Doesn't have to be beautiful or perfect.

Sprinkle with the sherry.  Go careful or you can add too much and the sherry will overpower all other flavors.  Probably 3-4 tablespoons in total is more than enough.  I would urge you not to forgo the sherry.  It imparts a wonderful flavor and really is one of the ingredients that really makes this trifle.

Spread half of the vanilla pudding over the jam-pound cake sandwiches.

Scatter the sliced bananas over the pudding.

Spread the remaining half of the vanilla pudding over the bananas.

Add sliced strawberries.

If you have it, any extra vanilla can  be spead it over the strawberries, helps to keep the strawberries encased for longer freshness, otherwise it's not necessary.

Cover with plastic wrap and allow flavors to develop for several hours.  Serve with whipped topping of choice.

UMMM-ummm good! 


  1. The recipes that we have made for years are always the best. Thanks for sharing this tried and true recipe Katy.

  2. This looks so fresh and yummy. Thanks.

  3. I'm happy your trifle version has no jelly in it. My husband, a huge trifle fan, is the one who prepares this dessert for us, but he puts a lot of jelly in it, the kids love it, but not me. I will try your version, for sure, finally I can eat trifle without jelly.
    Thanks Katy and have a great day.

  4. Beautiful spring dessert, how pretty!!!

  5. I love trifles, easy to assemble and they taste great. Also great for using up a 'flopped cake':)
    Pretty presentation, Katy!

  6. That is one beautiful dessert. Love it.


  7. This is going to be perfect for summer Katy! Wonderful!


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