Feeling hot hot hot!!!
The scorching sun has ensured that afternoons be best spent indoors and school vacations have ensured that every parent is kept totally occupied dropping off and picking up kids from a myriad of holiday activities…. Swimming, badminton, personality development, science buzz, cricket, chess, art n craft, kids’ yoga and the works! Give us a break!! …..Say…. both parents and the kids!!
So while kids take their break with play dates, slumber parties, ice cream outings and goodies and treats, I decide to take a break too…
No, there’s no way I can do a day trip in this ‘roastworthy’ weather. So, what’s the best way to spend a hot summer afternoon indoors and have a ball of a time?
No guesses here! Just get your best gal pals together and plan for a lazy afternoon with nonstop chatter, juicy gossip and an array of some of the world’s most yummy creations!
And that’s exactly what we did! And when you have about 14-15 lovely ladies come together, any quiet afternoon can be transformed into the most vivacious and spirited potluck luncheon party.
By now, my friends had been following my blogs and were especially intrigued by some of the dessert recipes that I had experimented with. And thus, with a clear expectation that I should present to the party a new yummylicious creation to satisfy the sweet tooth of the gang of girls, the idea of having a potluck luncheon was born.
A potluck it was and it brought out the best of culinary expertise of all my lovely friends. That afternoon, in addition to the inimitable company, the most lively chatters and the best of wardrobe, we were presented with the most delectable assortment of salads and dips, starters and soups, gravies and rice, breads and bakes; and last but certainly not the least… dessert.
There were no two thoughts in my mind, when I opted to create a dessert that would be truly and completely the flavour of the season.
My dessert had to surely look, feel, smell, taste…..in short…. Just scream MANGOES!
Since I needed to serve something chilled on this hot afternoon, I squared in on Mango Trifle…. The easy to prepare, no fuss, no mess; totally melt in mouth pudding!
The Mango Trifle Pudding….. the perfect finale to the mesmerising culinary fiesta.
To make a decent serving of the pudding for 15 people with a repeat helping for about half of them, you would need…
For the pudding
2 pounds of plain Sponge cake
4-5 cups of Fresh cut cubes of ripe Alphonso Mangoes
400g of Fresh Cream whipped with 1 cup of powdered sugar
For the Mango syrup
1 cup of Fresh cut cubes of ripe Alphonso Mangoes
6 cups of water
6 cups of sugar
To get the syrup going, add the water, sugar and mango cubes to a large saucepan and heat on slow flame only till the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool completely. The syrup should be free flowing consistency. The syrup thickens a little as it cools, so make sure you do not overheat, otherwise the syrup will become too thick to soak the cake well.
For the Trifle pudding, take a large flat bottom container and cover it with about half inch high slices of sponge cake. Pour enough syrup to lightly soak the cake layer and top it with a thin layer of fresh mango cubes. Repeat this till you are half way up the container. At this point in addition to the layer of mango cubes add a layer of about half of the thick whipped cream. Repeat the cake, syrup, mango cubes till you reach about 1inch down from the rim of the container. The last layer here should be syrup soaked cake. Cover this layer entirely with all the remaining whipped cream. Top it fully with mango cubes.
Freeze for about 40-45 minutes.
Rich, creamy, soft, moist and luscious Mango Trifle pudding is ready to be served.
Mango being the fruit of the season, mine was a Mango Trifle Pudding…. You can whip up an equally yummy version of your own using the likes of strawberry or kiwi or peaches or lychees!
So have you thought of what your own signature version is going to be like? Express your creative self and go surprise your loved ones with some Yummy Expressions!
I will see you soon with more……