A strawberry magnolia is a quick and easy dessert recipe composed of custard, biscuits, and fruit – think of it like a Turkish trifle or Turkish fruit pudding.
This Turkish trifle recipe is going to be something you keep in your personal cookbook. Why? Because it’s perfect for summers. Having a BBQ? Perfect. Lunch with friends? Perfect. Dinner with that snobby friend of a friend that needs every dessert to look like a painting? Still perfect. (But maybe don’t invite them next time. Nobody likes a buzzkill.)
What is a strawberry magnolia
Essentially a sort of trifle, the Turkish magnolia pudding is a layered dessert consisting of a homemade custard, crushed biscuits, and fresh fruit. As you might expect, a strawberry magnolia uses strawberries as the fruit though other common fruits include bananas or apricots.
- Granulated sugar
- Egg yolks
- Corn starch
- All-purpose flour
- Heavy cream
- Vanilla extract
- Fresh strawberries, sliced
- Digestive biscuits
What kind of biscuits to use
There’s a lot of room to play here. I usually make this with digestive biscuits or graham crackers. However oat biscuits, or Hob Nobs will make for a fun crumble too!
How to make strawberry magnolia
How to make the custard
Start by mixing the sugar, starch and flour in a saucepan. Add the egg yolks and a splash of your milk (this is just for easy mixing. A ¼ cup should suffice, as we’ll add the rest in a moment). Stir or beat using a stand mixer on low until smooth with no lumps remaining. Put the saucepan over medium heat, pour in the remaining milk and stir consistently until the mixture forms a pudding, a few minutes.
Cover the pudding with cling film and wait for it to cool, at least 15-20 minutes.Beat the cooled pudding with a hand mixer and add the cream (heavy cream is preferred but if you only have whipping cream available, that works too), beat for another 3 minutes.
How to make the crushed biscuit
Using a blender or food processor, grind your biscuits into flour. Wash your strawberries and then cut them in half.
How to assemble magnolia pudding
Ideally, you want to use a transparent container where your layers can be seen. I used small glasses but a glass jar or bowl will work great too. Begin by adding two tablespoons of the biscuit crumbs, then place the strawberries.
Pipe with pudding until it reaches the top of your container (the exact amount will depend on size of container you use), and top it off with more biscuit crumbs (and/or any other decoration you fancy). Refrigerate for at least five hours, and serve with some more fresh strawberries.
I’d tell you the proper way to eat this is with a spoon, but if I’m being completely honest, I always stick a finger into the pudding!
The easiest variation option is to swap on the sliced strawberries in this magnolia pudding recipe with sliced bananas (bananas are actually the most popular option from what I’ve seen!). If you want to stray from the usual, I think sliced kiwis would make for a unique and delicious magnolia recipe.
If you’re feeling extra brave, and really want to make this look different, take a pie shell and use the strawberry custard as filling. Sprinkle the crushed biscuits on top, and you’ve got a bigger dessert to share.
If you’re not feeling that brave, you can create a little variety by using diced strawberries, or by using whole strawberries as garnish.
Each strawberry magnolia pudding can be refrigerated for up to three days. I’d recommend covering the container you keep them in with cling film.
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You don’t need anything crazy to make this strawberry magnolia dessert, but a blender will be handy to crush the biscuits. If you have an electric mixer, you can make it work but it’s really so much simpler with a blender.
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More easy dessert recipes
Sometimes we want to take it easy. That’s cool, bestie. Here are a few other simple desserts that I think you’ll enjoy:
- Mocha Mug Cake
- Strawberry Madeleines
- No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake Bars
- Chocolate Chip Raspberry Sorbet Sandwiches
And that’s it for today. I hope you enjoy this easy Turkish dessert! Let me know in the comments below.Print