Skinny Strawberry Trifle
Skinny Strawberry Trifle

Skinny Strawberry Trifle

Skinny Strawberry Trifle

A Trifle for Dessert

Okay honey buns, I need to share with you a very old fashioned trifle recipe because I have found the cutest trifle dish.

But first… over the Christmas period I was looking for a dish which would allow me to make a huge family trifle. I never really found what I was looking for, so that idea went out the window, and before I knew it Christmas had come and gone.

Elegant Trifle

Simple Elegant Trifle

Now it seems I was looking in the wrong shops, I had been searching kitchenware stores but nothing had taken my fancy. Then, the other day as I passed by my local Earthborn store I had an epiphany! I could use a stylish hurricane lamp as a trifle bowl.

I purchased my $29 dish and rushed home to fill it with retro flavours from my childhood. One of the retro ingredients that you will note is missing from my trifle is the sherry.Β  Whilst I was always served trifle with sherry or brandy as a child, it seems that this trend has fallen out of favour with parents these days.Β  Given there would be children consuming the dessert I decided against soaking the sponge in alcohol, but it is your call πŸ˜‰

Strawberry Trifle

Skinny Strawberry Trifle

This recipe is not really what I had in mind for an elaborate Christmas trifle but I was so excited about my β€œfind” I wanted to give it a run immediately.

I decided to make a β€œSkinny Trifle.”

So how do you make a trifle skinny I hear you ask. Well take a peek at my recipe πŸ˜‰

Β Skinny Strawberry Trifle



  • 3pkts Raspberry Aeroplane Jelly lite (made up per directions)
  • 1 Punnet Strawberries (quartered)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries


  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 4 Tbs custard powder
  • 4 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Jam Roll Sponge (sliced 1cm)
  • 1oo gm pkt mini vanilla meringues
  • 500gm Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy Vanilla Yoghurt
  • Shaved chocolate
  • 1 Punnet strawberries (sliced)


Make jelly up as directed.

Slice one punnet of strawberries and add to the jelly with the frozen berries. Refrigerate for later use.

Strawberry Fruit Jelly

Strawberry Fruit Jelly

Heat all but Β½ cup milk up for the custard, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Combine the custard powder and cold reserved milk and stir until all lumps are removed.

Once the milk has almost boiled, lower the heat and the custard paste to the milk . Stir continually until the custard has thickened. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to cool.

Once the jelly has set and the custard has cooled it is time to assemble the dessert.

Cake Layer of Trifle

Cake Layer of Trifle

Take the slices of jam sponge and place around the bowl in an attractive pattern.

Next layer the custard and then finish with the jelly in the serving bowl.

Layering the trifle

Layering the trifle

Add the yogurt and decorate with sliced strawberries, meringue and shaved chocolate.


Easy Strawberry Trifle

Skinny Strawberry Trifle

I have to admit, for a plain old fashioned trifle I was pleased with how grand the dessert looked and how homely it tasted. I also managed to serve ten adults with a little leftover.

What do you think of my new trifle dish readers? Do you think I have discovered a new use for home decorator items, or would you prefer a more traditional trifle dish?

Oh and on a side note, after seeing the shear capacity of this vessel I am also planning to use it as a punch bowl, a very versatile purchase indeed πŸ˜‰

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  1. What a lovely bowl that is. Why wouldn’t you want to show off something as beautiful as that trifle?

  2. Your dish (or lamp πŸ˜‰ ) worked beautifully! I love the presentation of this, and how you can clearly see the bottom layers.

  3. Oh my what a beautiful presentation!! So pretty! And boy do I want one now…:)

  4. Scrumptious looking trifle! I think I’d be tempted to eat more than my share which would probably counteract the lightness of it all. P.S. I never liked sherry in my early trifle eating days so good on your for leaving it out! : ) I too like to re-purpose things for other than their intended use and it looks like you scored a bargain compared to what you would have paid for a kitchen item of the same size and quality! : )

  5. We love strawberries in our house, and this trifle looks so pretty! I’m not very good with decorating dessert, and I wonder if I can even pull this off… πŸ™‚ I’m afraid it is going to be quite messy in the translucent glass. πŸ˜€

  6. Alison Cleaver :

    Love the images of this trifle. If you were having a BIG party you might be able to use a punchbowl!
    This is a fabulous blog so I added a link I my Facebook page.

  7. Looked great and tasted even better.

  8. That looks almost too elegant to eat, it’s beautiful!

  9. It was a light and refreshing trifle. I’m not a huge fan of the traditional as its too heavy. This one was delicious.

  10. Love roll cakes filled with strawberry jam! It brings back childhood memories in Tokyo.
    Bravo for using the lovely sponge in a trifle.
    Appreciate, too, the skinny on how to create a slimming custard for a divine looking dessert.

    P.s. Congratulations on your hurricane lamp epiphany.

  11. Presented so gorgeously! Mine would end up a smoodged mess!

  12. Omg so beautiful!! There’s a handful of desserts that I classify as my top fav and trifles are def one of them! Anything with custard or creme anglaise, really. So glad to see this can be made up in a jiffy. Love this!

  13. Beautiful photos Julie! The trifle looks so delicious on display like that! πŸ˜€

  14. What a beautiful looking trifle. It’s just stunning, Julie. And that’s a gorgeous trifle bowl. I’d like to make trifle and haven’t so far because I don’t have a pretty glass trifle bowl! xx

  15. Light and pretty! I would love one too!

  16. Wow, that truly is an elegant and special serving dish that you’ve found. So perfect for your skinny trifle! πŸ™‚ I love the retro look and ingredients. πŸ™‚ I think I’ll make 2 trifles at my house, one exactly like this for the kiddos and one with sherry for me. hahaha…

  17. I LOVE THE BOWL πŸ™‚ I finally got my first trifle bowl too right after Christmas but it’s just the boring traditional type nothing as cute as yours! But now you’ve got me thinking of making my own trifle soon πŸ˜€

  18. I looove your bowl, it is so pretty! I can’t believe its skinny either, it looks so good to be low in calories too!

  19. Love this strawberry skinny trifle and your hurricane lamp bowl!! Beautiful dessert that’s really perfect to serve any time of the year and the colors make it bright and deliciously inviting. Now the custard powder…is that a gelatin or type of jello-brand pudding (I’ll have to look that up)?

  20. This is the most exquisite trifle I have ever seen!
    πŸ™‚ Mandy xo

  21. That is SO pretty! Beautiful bowl, and next time I make trifle, I’m going to make jam rolls first – they make such a gorgeous first layer! Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

  22. Oh Julie, this looks amazing! I love love the whole presentation and I will have to try making this soon. too good to miss out! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

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