Father's Day Dessert Solved

A strawberry trifle that will have you wanting more

It’s time for Father’s Day, graduation parties, and other backyard parties.  My favorite thing to bring to these parties are desserts, especially trifles.  Trifles are just so easy and so delicious.  My favorite is a strawberry-coconut tres leches trifle, and can be made with mostly low fat or no fat ingredients.  This trifle is sure to be a hit.


1 lb fresh strawberries

3 pkg (3oz each) soft ladyfingers (about 24 total)

1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk, divided

1 can (14oz) unsweetened coconut milkk, divided

1 container (8oz) sour cream

1 container (12oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided

1 pkg vanilla instant pudding and pie filling

1 tsp cinnamon


1. Hull strawberries and slice.  Cut ladyfingers into 1 inc pieces; set aside.

2. Whisk together 1/2 cup of the condensed milk, 2/3 cup of the coconut milk, and sour cream in a large bowl.  Add ladyfingers and toss gently.

3. Set aside 1 cup of whipped topping.  Combine pudding mix and remaining coconut milk in another bowl; whisk until thickened.  Add remaining condensed milk and cinnamon; whisk until incorporated.  Fold in remaining whipped topping.

4. In trifle bowl, place half the lady finger mixture; top with half the strawberries.  Spread half the pudding mixtured over the strawberries.  Repeat layers.  Either transfer remaining whipped topping into a plastic bag to pipe onto top, or smooth over top of trifle.

Serves about 24


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Sue Bernier June 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
what can I substitute for the coconut milk?
Joseph Hutnak June 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Hi Sue: You can use low-fat milk, as far as I know. It won't have the same taste, obviously, but that can be remedied with a half-teaspoon of coconut extract. Also, since it looks as though the condensed and coconut milk mixture is meant to soak the lady fingers (as opposed to thickening through heating it up), I'd say reduce the amount of low-fat milk to 1/3 cup. (Rachel, any other advise is appreciated!) If you're looking for a non-dairy substitute, soy milk (especially the vanilla kind, for this recipe) would work.
Rachel Jo Weiss June 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Thanks Joseph! I was going to say the same thing actually! Rachel
Sue Bernier June 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM
wanted to substitute the coconut milk as I do not like the taste of coconut. Therefore I do not want to use coconut extract either Can o% fat milk and another flavoring be substituted?
Joseph Hutnak June 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Hi Sue: If you're skipping the coconut extract, you could try almond if you're looking for a nutty note to the sweet taste of the dessert. You could also use vanilla extract to soak the lady fingers and use lemon pudding/pie filling (instead of vanilla pudding) as a tangy counterpoint to the strawberries.


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