Aunt Rose’s Trifle


Aunt Rose's Trifle

When I was in sixth grade, my Grandma Bednarz, Aunt Eva, my mom and I made a trip out to Pennsylvania to visit my Aunt Rose and Uncle Bill. During this visit, I got my first taste of two desserts: Breyer's Vanilla Bean ice-cream (which at the time was Uncle Bill's favorite) and this lovely trifle. Bill was as much of an ice-cream addict as I was, so I only got a small sample of that wonderful invention, but every night after dinner we'd have the delicious trifle. It was so tasty, I kept dissecting it to figure out what was in there.

My Mom often made something similar, but used layers of vanilla pudding, bananas and Hershey's syrup. It was the cookie I couldn't figure out. My cousin Anne finally cracked the case for me and said "Lady Fingers."

This is a lovely, light dessert, and I hope you enjoy it!

Course Dessert
Servings 6


  • 6 strawberries sliced
  • 6 lady fingers (or shortbread cookies) cut into chunks
  • 3 oz strawberry jello prepared, but not solidified
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 3 oz vanilla pudding prepared and slightly chilled
  • whipped cream


  1. Add sliced strawberries to each of 6 parfait glasses.

  2. Add ladyfinger to each glass.

  3. Pour jello into each parfait glass, filling halfway full.

  4. Add sliced banana to each parfait glass.

  5. Fill each parfait glass to top with pudding.

  6. Let chill for at least an hour.

  7. Just before serving, add a dollop of whipped cream to each parfait.

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