Tropical Trifle

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 40 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup passionfruit juice 

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3 large eggs

3 cups coconut milk (from about two 13 1/2-ounce cans), cold and well-stirred

Two 3 1/2-ounce packages instant vanilla pudding

One 1-pound butter pound cake, cut into 1-inch cubes

8 ounces frozen whipped topping (about 3 cups), thawed

3 cups raspberries

1 kiwi, peeled cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds

1 cup blackberries

1 medium ripe mango, peeled, seeded and diced

Directions

Special equipment:
1 large trifle dish, about 3 quarts (the dish should be at least 5 inches high and 8 inches wide)
  1. Place a medium heatproof bowl over a medium saucepan filled with a few inches of simmering water; make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Place the butter in the bowl and melt completely. Add the sugar, passionfruit juice and lemon juice and whisk until smooth and combined. Whisk in the eggs until smooth. Continue to cook, whisking every 1 to 2 minutes, until the curd thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 8 to 10 minutes. The consistency will be similar to thin gravy. Strain into a clean bowl and cool at room temperature for 15 minutes. Cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled (the curd will thicken as it cools), at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  2. Put the coconut milk in a large bowl and sprinkle the pudding mix on top. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Switch to medium-high speed and blend until the mixture is completely smooth and thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Keep refrigerated until ready to assemble.
  3. To assemble, spread 1/2 cup of the curd over the bottom of a large (about 3 quarts) glass trifle dish, then top with about half of the pound cake pieces, making sure there is one single layer of pound cake without any gaps. Top with half the pudding. Layer in 2 cups of raspberries, making sure to create a double ring against the outside edge of the trifle dish, so the color really shows through. Continue to layer the trifle dish with half of the whipped topping, the remaining pound cake, the remaining pudding, the remaining whipped topping and drizzle with the remaining curd.
  4. Place the kiwi rounds and blackberries along the edge of the trifle dish. Next, create a ring of raspberries working inwards. Pile the diced mango into the center of the trifle.