Strawberry Trifles are layers of pudding, strawberries and wafers – Healthy Desserts Recipes

Strawberry Trifles

Strawberry Trifles are easy to make pudding desserts. Fresh strawberries are pureed and cooked right in the custard, making for a colorful and flavorful base.

Vanilla Wafers and sliced strawberries are layered with the custard and then topped with fresh whipped cream.

This is a perfect dessert to make ahead of time for spring holidays and gatherings. If it sits for a while before serving, the wafers will soften and become cake like.

If you have never made your own custard before,  watch this link on Tempering Eggs in puddings and custards. I have explained the process in the instructions but seeing it is helpful and tempering is the key to a successful custard!

If this recipe seems a bit complicated but you would like a strawberry dessert check out Strawberry Bread Pudding. It is also a custard type dessert that is simple to make.

Strawberry Trifles

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Serves: 4

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  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced and pureed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mini vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar



In a large saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add the milk and pureed strawberry and heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble, about 4-5 minutes. Let it boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Beat the egg yolks in a medium sized bowl. Slowly pour 1/3 of the pudding into the eggs, whisking constantly. Combine well, then return the egg/ pudding mixture back into the pan. Turn the heat back to medium low and bring the mixture back to a low boil. Continue to stir for an additional minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.


Pre-chill your bowl and beaters in the freezer. Use a glass bowl for best results. Pour the cream and vanilla extract into the bowl. Beat on high speed with an electric mixer until the cream becomes thickened. Add the sugar. This will make the the cream thicker. Continue to beat until the cream is very thick and holds a shape.


Line the bottom of your serving bowl or 4 serving dishes with vanilla wafers. Spoon on a layer of strawberry pudding. Top with several strawberry slices. Repeat this again starting with another layer of vanilla wafers, pudding and fresh strawberries. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

The trifle can be prepared a day ahead up to the point of adding the whipped cream. Prepare the layers of pudding, cookies and strawberries and cover with plastic wrap. Shortly before serving, top with the whipped cream and strawberry garnish.

Strawberry Trifles was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Sue O’Connell

Strawberry Trifles

Strawberry Trifles was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Sue O’Connell

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