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This recipe has been a family staple since my mom received it as a newlywed from her landlady and friend. It’s also versatile: my sister likes it best without the cherries, while my husband prefers it with mixed fresh fruit. The panel is inspired by my grandma, who never decorated for the holidays the same way twice, but whose favorite color was plaid!
When I was growing up, Mom always decorated for Christmas with deep royal blue ornaments, silver garland, brass horn ornaments and flocked greenery. So beautiful, Mom! I thought this dessert would be a fitting tribute to her glamorous decor. The recipe for the meringue base for the pavlova is from Sallysbakingaddiction.com.
This is a fancy-looking but very simple dessert I often bring to parties and potlucks when a dessert is requested. At this point I’ve come to be known for this trifle, even though I’ve mixed up my offerings and often bring non-trifle goodies. It’s easy to put together~ even easier with ready-made pudding, whipped cream, and frozen cream puffs.
Favourite Food Memory. An eagerly awaited treat, Mum's Party Trifle is served in a glass dish showcasing the beautiful layers of jelly-soaked swiss roll, fruit, custard and cream, topped with bright sprinkles and crowned with a cherry. As a child I loved helping to make the layers and watching the dessert take shape during the day ready for the big reveal at the party!
FAV Memory - this is the first recipe I remember my Mom teaching me. It is so easy (NO-BAKE), delicious and creative. It started my curiosity and love of food and cooking/baking. I sometimes flavored the whipped cream with peppermint and added a tinge of pink food coloring. Make it even more decadent with drizzled chocolate and sliced almonds on top.