Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Delicious Summer Mango-Strawberry Trifle

Delicious Mango and Strawberry Trifle


The Mango Mania in Maharashtra is something that words simply cannot describe . Alphonso or Haapus: The King of Mangoes is the one that grabs all the limelight and quite rightly so.


There is a palpable excitement in the air at the arrival of the Alphonso which makes an appearance in the markets in small numbers at the start of the season (which is from end March to May) . On it's arrival it is quite expensive. But by the time the harvest peaks it is all over the place and can be bought in large quantities though I would say the price is never really as low as that of other other ordinary fruit like apples and bananas.


It’s sweetness and flavour go way beyond the word “delicious” and is truly a “Slice of Heaven on Earth”.


The Alphonso takes it’s name from Afonso De Albuquerque : a Portuguese sailor who brought this exquisite and expensive variety of mango to Goa. The locals took to calling it Aphoos in Konkani and in Maharashtra the pronunciation further changed to Hapoos.

At my mom's this trifle is a must-make every summer. Not just once every summer but as many times as possible. It really is the ultimate trifle and all because of one magic ingredient. Yes, you guessed it.... the Alphonso Mango. If you have good Alphonso mangoes , you don't need any other fancy ingredients. The mangoes do all the work. They are the heart and soul of this pudding.


I was very lucky to get my hands on a box of excellent Alphonso mangoes a couple of days back. Now here in UK although Alphonso is available you can't eat it on the scale that you do in India. So when you have just 12 mangoes at a time to do with you have to think really hard how you can enjoy them to the fullest. The best way of course is the simplest way i.e. to slice them and enjoy the heavenly taste, but I thought I would spare just one of the mangoes for this pudding. After all once the mango season in India comes to an end you have to wait for next year to make this as it's not the same with tinned mangoes. So I urge all my readers particularly those in India and who have access to good Alphonso to make this pud at least once before the mangoes disappear
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I happened to have most of the other ingredients in my fridge. So I used:


1 large Alphonso cubed,


5 /6 strawberries cut into small pieces,


2 cups vanilla custard (I used ready to eat Ambrosia Custard)


1 cup strawberry jelly (I had set some the previous day for my son and had some leftover, but go ahead and use the ready to eat variety available in all stores),


4 plain cup cakes cut into thin round slices ( these too I had , but use any plain cake of your choice)


1/2 cup orange juice to soak the cake (use fresh or boxed)


Method:


You can decide from the number of people you are making it for whether you want to make the trifle in individual glasses or a large bowl .


1.Placed the cake slices at the bottom of each glass,


2.Drizzle the orange juice over the cake to soak it a a little,


3.Next top with mango and strawberry pieces,


4. Spoon jelly over the fruit


5. Pour custard till the fruit bits and jelly are completely covered,


6. Place next layer of cake and continue till you fill the glass completely leaving space for the top most layer of custard and top with more mango bits for decoration,


7. You can also use whipped cream as an option to top up the glasses.


Chill the trifle thoroughly (5 to 6 hrs) and then serve. Sit back and wait to be showered with compliments and a lot of OOHS and AAHS. Don't forget to save some for yourself though.


Delicious Summer Mango Trifle


Cool and Classy Meeta of "What's For Lunch Honey ?" has announced "Mango Mania" as the theme for her Monthly Mingle and of course my trifle is making a grand entry there.

31 comments:

Happy cook said...

I want to have a glass. It looks so creamy.

Purnima said...

Anupama, hooked on to this one! Truly wonderfully presented, the colorful glass is tempting enough, n beautifully directed recipe!! Tks for sharing this delight!

Vandy said...

This looks delicious! Can I have one? ;)

mitr_bayarea said...

Anupama-

the strawberry mango trifle looks very refreshing and tasty. If alphanso mangoes are unavailable, can any other mango be used to give the same taste.

Suma Rajesh said...

can i have a glass plz.......its a perfect summer dish sitting on beach site....wooo

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zobars said...

my mouth is actually literally watering just looking at your snaps. I am so happy to see these after having a not so great day. thanks.

bhagyashri said...

Now this I have to make! Looks delicious.
You are so right about the mangoes here in UK. Sadly though I just finished off my box of mangoes just 2 days back. Will have to wait till I get the next one to make this pudding!

Aparna said...

Looks yummy.. I will try this one the next time i get some manogs

Jyothsna said...

I have to make this...quite simple really!

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

its soo yummy, anupama. Feel like having it right now. the pic looks wonderful too

Friendly Stranger said...

I'm feeling like running down to market and have alphanso(Hapus) mangos to prepare this yummy trifle....
Besides delicious and cool recipes, one thing I really like about your blog and tepts me visit your blog is CHINTU....
Keep it up....

Anupama said...

Happy Cook: Wish I could hand over one each to all of you out .

Purnima: The pleasure is all mine. I knew this one would be a hit.

Sure Vandy: Just come over :))

Mitr_Bayarea: Well really speaking there is no substitute for Alphonso, but no harm in trying it out with other sweet mango varieties

Yeah Suma: I can just imagine the same scenario. Thks for tagging me . Will do that one soon.

Hi Zobars: Glad I made your day

Bhagyashri: It's such a pity isn't it, how we have to make do with the limited mangoes here. I saw some mangoes from Singapore recently at the market. Have you ever tasted those?

Yes Aparna: Do make this at least once this season

Jyothsna: Thats the best part of it . It's very simple to put together once you have everything at hand.

Vegetable Platter: Thanks.

Friendly Stranger: Great to meet another Chitu fan. I do try to update regularly, but sometimes I forget. But seeing how popular it is getting I will update it more regularly.

Sandhya said...

Mango? Mango? Mango? I don't like Mangoes as much now, I can do without them. Thats what I keep telling my mom but Oh well!! Who am I kidding, mangoes are like sour grapes for me now coz I live in the United States. Anupama, after looking at those pictures and the easy recipe I am drooling!!

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Meeta said...

I'll take a spoon and a glass please! Looks awesome Anu!

FoodieFriend said...

Hi Anupama....
Thanks!
Happy blogging...

vandana rajesh said...

yummmy..can'twait. First time here gr8 blog.

vandana rajesh said...

An award for you at my blog anupama.

bhagyashri said...

Anupama, we do get the authentic Haapus straight from India here at Wembley, London. That is where I get my supply from :) You could probably ask around wherever you get Indian supplies, they might have an idea as well. Never tried the Singapore variety though....

Namratha said...

WOW, that looks gorgeous! Love the layers.

Sireesha said...

Hi, First time at ur blog U have a nice and lovely blog.Mango Strawberry trifle looks sooo inviting.....I will try it.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Mango is my absolute favorite summer fruit. I love the individual portions - too beautiful!!

Neelu said...

Hi Anupama
The trifle looks soo tempting. N Mangoes are always al ltime fav's. The pic is gorgeous.

A&N said...
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A&N said...

Hi Anupama, great looking trifle! And thanks for sharing the story behind Alphonso mangoes! I enjoyed reading it :)

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Sarika said...

Hi Anupama,
This is the first dish I have tried from your blog! Its been may be 8 weeks I have subscribed to your blog and this is my first comment. I had a Puja at my place in the afternoon here in CA and I had this as a dessert dish. I got so many compliments. Everybody loved it! Thanks for sharing.

Neha said...

looks so tempting, wanna have one NOW...

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