Here is a trifle recipe for the Passover / Pesach festival. Trifle recipes can have ingredients that are quite high in fat, but the following trifle recipe is a low-fat version to save your waistline from potential over-expansion.

What exactly is a trifle, you may ask? A trifle is a deep-dish British dessert of many varieties, typically including plain or sponge cake, sweet sherry or madeira, rum or brandy, port, jam or jelly/jello, fruit, thick custard, and whipped cream. There are some trifles that do not use alcohol in them, but they use another beverage such as fruit juice, because the liquid is necessary in order to moisten the cake. Some trifles include jelly rolls and/or nuts as part of their components. The topping of the trifle usually consists of custard, fruits, and whipped cream. Although a trifle sounds like a dietary disaster - on top of being potentially tipsy - the following trifle recipe is a no-cholesterol and low-fat version to help rescue your waistline from taking up more airspace.

No-Cholesterol English Trifle Recipe

No-Cholesterol Passover Angel Food Cake (see recipe below)
Up to 1 cup Passover Sherry
2 cups sliced strawberries
2 bananas, sliced
2 cups fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
2 oranges, peeled and broken in sections
4 kiwis, peeled and sliced
No-Cholesterol Passover Orange Pudding (see recipe below)

Instructions for the No-Cholesterol English Trifle recipe:

  1. Cut cake in 1-inch (2.54 centimeter) fingers.
  2. Let stand uncovered few hours to slightly dry out. (Trifle is usually made with stale cake.)
  3. Arrange cake fingers around bottom and sides of glass bowl or trifle dish.
  4. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup Sherry (or more depending on size of serving bowl and cake).
  5. Arrange about 1/2 of sliced fruit on and around cake fingers.
  6. Pour over 1/2 of pudding.
  7. Add another layer cake fingers.
  8. Sprinkle with more Sherry.
  9. Pour over remaining pudding.
  10. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  11. To serve, heap remaining fruit on top of cake-wine-fruit-pudding mixture.

Serve at once.

Makes 20 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories: 210; Protein: 3.7 grams; Carbohydrates: 46.8 grams; Fat: 5 grams (including 0.04 grams of Saturated Fat); Cholesterol: 0 milligrams.

No-Cholesterol Passover Angel Food Cake Recipe:

1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups matzo cake meal
2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
1 3/4 cups egg whites, about 12 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions for the No-Cholesterol Passover Angel Food Cake recipe:

  1. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, matzo cake meal and orange zest in bowl.
  2. Beat egg whites and salt in large mixer bowl until soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup at time, alternating with orange juice.
  4. Beat well after each addition.
  5. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  6. Fold in matzo meal mixture, 1/4 at time.
  7. Use 15 under-and-over strokes for each addition, slightly turning bowl after each stroke.
  8. Fold additional 10 strokes.
  9. Pour batter into ungreased 10-inch (25.40 centimeter) tube pan.
  10. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius or Centigrade) for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until cake springs back to touch.
  11. Remove from oven, immediately invert pan and cool.
  12. Loosen cake from pan and turn out onto serving plate.

Makes 20 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Slice: Calories: 105; Protein: 3 grams; Carbohydrates: 24 grams; Fat: 0.08 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams.

No-Cholesterol Passover Orange Pudding Recipe:

1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons Passover
potato starch
4 cups orange juice, strained
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Instructions for the No-Cholesterol Passover Orange Pudding recipe:

  1. Combine sugar and potato starch in medium saucepan.
  2. Slowly pour in orange juice, stirring with whisk if necessary, to prevent lumps from forming.
  3. Add orange zest.
  4. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and thickened, about 20 minutes.
  5. Cover and chill before using (Can be made day ahead.).

Makes 6 servings.

Note: If pudding begins to separate, line sieve with cheesecloth and strain to allow excess juice to drain out.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories: 161; Protein: 1.2 grams; Carbohydrates: 40.5 grams; Fat: 0.34 grams (including 0.04 grams of Saturated Fat); Cholesterol: 0 milligrams.

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