Baking | Donna Hay’s Strawberry and Vanilla Macaron Trifle … Joyeux Noel!

Strawberry Vanilla Macaron TrifleJoyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Bo Nadaor Merry Christmas! I’m beginning to get notorious with temptation. Things that draw me a point of no return are colour, texture, visual appeal … all magical in my eyes! Of course I’m talking food porn and all these beautiful food blogs are awash with sensational stuff these days. One such post I saw a short while ago was this Strawberry & Vanilla Macaron Trifle at Trissilicious, the very talented and sweet food blogger from Down Under. One look and I was sold. The dessert had me hypnotized. I HAD TO MAKE IT!

Strawberry Vanilla Macaron TrifleIt had MAGIC in it, a combination of some of my favourite things. Tell me dear readers, does this happen to you too?

I knew this was going to be constructed in my kitchen within the next few days, so great was the temptation. Strawberries √, Macarons – find feet {had to}, Vanilla bean √, Cranberry juice √. Intriguingly enough, winter in North India spells season 2 of strawberries in the year. We get a bounty in the summer months, and then again come January, we see fresh juicy red strawberries entering the market again. Lucky? YOU BET!!

Strawberry Vanilla Macaron Trifle This time we are luckier and they’ve entered the market a little early, in December, a bit steep yet, but firmly there. Red, ripe, juice and full of taste. So there was no question in my mind and I was thanking Triss for the wonderful idea. It’s a Donna Hay recipe, and is visually delightful and full of charm like all her recipes. I love the fresh look she introduces to cuisine, seasonal variations and great platings etc.

Strawberry Vanilla Macaron TrifleYou can make this in one large bowl like Donna Hay did, or in single servings as Triss did. I am a sucker for single servings, where I love to dress up the dessert individually and pass it around, so everyone can take in the whole picture. For me that in itself offers quintessential charm, the dream of a dessert which lingers on for long.

Strawberry Vanilla Macaron Trifle Made this as Christmas dessert after the BBQ we had last night. In India, Christmas day is referred to as Bada Din {Big Day} by the natives, a legacy left behind by the British Raj. It’s our adopted favourite festival too. Each year we have a BBQ on Christmas eve for the family & extended family, and the hub takes over the BBQ. This year was no different and we had chicken tikkas, paneer/cottage cheese tikkas in 2 variants, lamb curry, biryani, garlic butter naan … and then these little red, green and white delights to wrap it up.Strawberry Vanilla Macaron TrifleDinner was delicious. Nothing like hot tandoori food straight off the grill, cooked to perfection, smoked flavours enticing the palette. Dinner may have been Indian cuisine, but my dessert had been planned forever! It had to be in red, white & green, the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season served in some style. MACARON TRIFLE! I was unsure about whether I could pull it off. So I made the cranberry jelly a day in advance, and the macarons 3 days in advance. My jelly didn’t set in 2-3 hours as the recipe said, and needed some more gelatin too. It was a simple dessert to make.Strawberry Vanilla Macaron TrifleThe macaron Gods seem to be shining goodwill on me these days. I found feet yet again; but never underestimate these fiddly creatures. Of the 3 trays I baked, only 1 gave perfect feet!  Why? Ask ’em Gods! Who knows, but I was glad to get 15 perfect feet, and I used 1 crackled top for the 16th! I also had success a few days ago with my savoury macaron experiment for MacTweets, but I have to admit that I love the sweet ones…savoury, alas, are not for me! That recipe post follows soon…Strawberry Vanilla Macaron TrifleWe were really STUFFED, yet once dessert was served, there was magic in the air. The goblets looked like ‘Santa was stuffed into each glass‘ in Mr PABs words. So befitting for the Big Day, and such an absolute delight!  The colours, the flavours, the textures…all in perfect harmony. The cranberry jelly and suspended strawberries beautifully balancing the macaron and the lightly sweetened vanilla cream. Light yet ever-so-satisfying dessert!

Strawberry Vanilla Macaron Trifle
Donna Hay’s Strawberry and Vanilla Macaron Trifle
Adapted minimally from Donna Hay’s Recipe
The trifle can be served individually or in a large trifle bowl.
Serves 6–8.

16 pieces plain macarons
1 vanilla bean, scraped
300 ml low fat cream
2 tbsps powdered sugar
200 grams strawberries, halved

Strawberry Vanilla Macaron Trifle

For the Jelly
3 1/2 teaspoons gelatine powder {original recipe uses 2 1/2}
750 ml cranberry juice
110 grams caster sugar
200 grams strawberries, quartered
To make the strawberry jelly, place the gelatine and ½ cup {125ml} cranberry juice in a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes or until the gelatine is absorbed. Place the remaining cranberry juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, add the gelatine and stir to combine. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes.
Vanilla Cream
Whip cream, scraped vanilla bean and sugar to soft peaks.
To assemble
Arrange the strawberries in the base of the serving glasses/bowls and pour over the jelly mixture. Refrigerate for 2–3 hours until set. {Mine took almost overnight to set}.
Set a macaron each in the glass/bowl on the jelly. Layer the cream over the macarons. Top with strawberries to serve.

Strawberry Vanilla Macaron Trifle

♥ Thank you for stopping by ♥

Don’t miss a post
Also find me on
The Rabid Baker, The Times of India

The following two tabs change content below.
About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. Deeba, these are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve seen them on the cover of DH and at Trissa’s site, too. Beautifully done. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!
    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets´s last blog post ..The Best Laid Plans Cranberry Apple Tarte TatinMy Profile

  2. Natasha says:

    yummmmmmmmmm …….what sight for sore eyes that dessert is!Drop dead gorgeous!Wish you all a merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year.
    Now for macaron 911… my woes with the macarons are non ending…this time, got a lovely hard shell, some feet and most of the cookies stuck to the parchment!Can’t stop trying and just am not able to get it right!Help!!

    • Thank you Natasha. Macarons? Hmmm…very fiddly creatures indeed and they seem to get affected by minor changes. Lovely hard shell, some stuck could mean too high an oven temperature. Which oven do you have? My new one has the bake function that uses just the lower level… I was quite unsure about this when I began using it, but it seems to work. Would suggest you try just 1 egg white batches to begin with, and with those as well break them up into 3-4 trays. That way you can experiment with different time, temperatures etc. I am no expert though, but I know trial and error seems to work best!

  3. The dessert looks absolutely beautiful. Just perfect for Christmas!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  4. Ooooooh Deeba, what a gorgeous dessert… !! wish I had come across this a couple of days before, it would def have been my Bada-din dessert screams out xmas!!

    Lotsa love

  5. Crustabakes says:

    wow. the colours are so pretty and festive! i love your pictures! merry xmas!
    Crustabakes´s last blog post ..Merry Christmas!My Profile

  6. Those pictures looks absolutely drop dead gorgeous!!! and Macaroons are so perfect….you are toally inspiring me to bake more =)

  7. shirley@kokken69 says:

    Deeba, what lovely colours! You’ve made a simple jelly dessert look so elegant and classy! Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year!

  8. That looks absolutely wonderful Deeba! And great idea to make it in individual glasses. Ever since Dear Donna put it on the cover, trifle bowls have been very scarce indeed! 😀
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog post ..Welcome To Our Very Merry Finnish Christmas!My Profile

  9. Oh i soooo love individual portions too , ur rite , and i totally agree , so muc fun to dress up and u can i different ways!
    I loveee the weather from the North!
    There are strawberries here too and a little pricey but not very sweet , jus nice!!
    Time to get those strawberry tools out rite?
    And this dessert , is absolutely stunning!
    i loveee Donna Hay too ,but ur creations are the best!
    Classy and elegant…
    Dinner sounds so delish too, and the weather seems perfect for a BBQ!!
    ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.♪♫•*¨*•♫♪ ░M░E░R░R░Y░ (¯”•.¸*♥♥♥* ¸.•”¯) ░C░H░R░I░S░T░M░A░S░(¯”•.¸ *♥♥♥* ¸.•”¯) ! ♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪☆with lodsa love!
    Mia´s last blog post ..♥AND THEN U KNOW ITS CHRISTMAS TIME♥♥My Profile

  10. Deeba! Thees r GORGEOUS!! Love d colors!! Soo tempting! Hey Deeba, There is an Trifle event going on at my blog! I wpuld b glad if you cud link this yummylicious trifle to my event! Thank you :)
    Mehnaz´s last blog post ..Paneer CutletsMy Profile

  11. mmm this looks magical! I love, love, love trifle so I am sure it would go down a treat!

  12. I love love love your pictures!

  13. Exceptionally gorgeous Deeba. They look delectable. Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Years. Thank you for the warm and enthusiastic welcome you have given me into the Mactweets group.
    Lora´s last blog post ..Aachener Printen &amp Christmas MarketMy Profile

  14. These look amazing! I think I could eat a couple of them.

  15. That trifle looks so wonderfully festive – beautiful!

  16. Wonderful recipe, gorgeous pictures, Deeba!
    Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
    I love your recipes and your site.
    Coffeebeans´s last blog post ..Am primit un cadou de Craciun! – I received a Christmas presentMy Profile

  17. Beauteous and ever so delicious looking…YUM to the macaron inclusion. Beautiful pics as ever…you are soo good!! Happy Boxing Day! Patricia
    Patricia Shea´s last blog post ..Last minute Golden Crimbly CakeMy Profile

  18. Deeba, your food porn in these brilliant Macaron Trifle is just fabulous, I bet they went down a treat at your Christmas feast (which incidentally sounded fabulous too. Your pics are food art for me, just lovin’ it.
    Anna Johnston´s last blog post ..MY 2010 CHRISTMASMy Profile

  19. Joyeux Noel, Deeba. This is a very sophisticated dessert.

    Dinners & Dreams´s last blog post ..Fekkas- Moroccan BiscottiMy Profile

  20. You’ve become quenn of the macarons. Gorgeously beautiful dessert, Deeba.
    Aparna´s last blog post ..A Tropical Stollen – An Eggless Cashew Marzipan Stollen- Daring Bakers Challenge- December 2010My Profile

  21. What a gorgeous dessert!
    Savory Simple´s last blog post ..Culinary School Graduation Holiday GiveawayMy Profile

  22. Absolutely fabulous photos. I can’t wait to give this a try. Stunning!

    ButterYum´s last blog post ..Pomma-Panna CottaMy Profile

  23. Wow! The strawberries in the syrup look so beautiful. Love the macrons in the dessert. I think I will keep it as a deco in my drawing room rather than eat it :)
    Sanjeeta kk´s last blog post ..Stollen-An Egg less Tea Time BreadMy Profile

  24. Tahemeem says:

    Wow… that looks delectable… love ur space…
    Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog and ur appreciation :)

  25. That’s just gorgeous Deeba… yep I fell in love with Donna Hay’s magazine cover and HAD to make it… I must say – yours is just so much prettier! Especially that one stunning picture of the trifle in the black background! Merry Christmas!
    Trissa´s last blog post ..Bechamel Prawn Stuffed Mussels Tigres from Miguel’s TapasMy Profile

  26. yummy! I love strawberries. Too bad you can’t get fresh ones from your garden at the time. These look very good by the way, and I think I’m gonna make them someday.
    Greets from BFC

  27. Yummy! These look amazing! Wonderful photography – your pictures are so colorful, amazing and full of cheer. Thanks for all your wonderful posts, art and ideas. Have the most wonderful Holidays! :) Petra

  28. Stunning and classy perfect for the season…. those colours and pictures…Man what a treat for eyes :)
    Ananda Rajashekar´s last blog post ..Merry Christmas – Red Velvet CakeMy Profile

  29. Wow, just incredible, Deeba! We love trifle around here, but this is by far the most elegant I have ever seen.

  30. Gorgeous, sister, absolutely gorgeous and so festive and Christmassy! How I wish I could have shared your two (yes two) fabulous Indian Christmas meals with you and tasted these beautiful desserts. This is a truly fabulous recipe and one I so want to make now! Just have to bide my time for our once a year and all too short strawberry season! Oh, sweets, your friendship has been one enormous and true gift for me this past year and I so mean this! Sisters were never such sisters! Much love to you and your family and wishing you all a joyous, happy and healthy 2011! xoxo Mwah!
    Jamie´s last blog post ..BLUEBERRY-HIBISCUS PANNA COTTA with Blueberry Chocolate MacaronsMy Profile

  31. Stunning post!! I love the colors.. ah! the deep red hues of cranberries are always enthralling!! Such a fabuous BBQ spread Deeba… Tandoori chicken! YUMMM!!!! and the macs are indeed so perfect!! awesome stuff!

  32. stunning macarons! Happy New Year!

  33. This is one of the most gorgeous desserts I have seen for a long long time.With kindergarten baking skills, I can only dream of making macarons some day..but I have heard that they are quite high in sugar thats one of the discouraging part too besides all the sad macron recipes turning into whopping pies stroies that I keep on seeing around!
    But you got feets & thats reason enough to celebrate :) I love the way u have wrapped christmas colors in one dessert..Stunning!
    Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy´s last blog post ..Rum Coconut Cake With Fruit &amp Nut FillingMy Profile

  34. Deeba, it’s been waaaaaay too long!! I hope you’re doing well. By the looks of your beautiful colors of your dessert menu, you’re doing fantastic. Those strawberries are gorgeous. Lucky you!!!
    I wish you and your family a very happy New Year filled with happiness, good health and prosperity!

  35. What stunning photographs! Hope you had a lovely Christmas. This looks like such a beautiful dessert, I think I’ll try it out next year :)

  36. What lovely colour!! Deeba, I love this, Hope you had a lovely Christmas, this look georgeous! xoxoxo gloria

  37. Beautiful food photos. Delicious looking trifle.

  38. What lovely colours… admire your recipes and photography here.. you are a true inspiration!
    kitchenboffin´s last blog post ..Baking Donna Hay’s Strawberry and Vanilla Macaron Trifle … Joyeux Noel!My Profile

  39. absolutely spectacular, Deeba. And, I loved learning about the good fortune of your dual strawberry seasons! How lucky! Here’s to good health and great baking in the New Year.

  40. Such a feast for the eyes. A perfect way to end a Christmas meal! So glad you had a wonderful time together.
    BarbaraBakes´s last blog post ..Daring BakersMy Profile

  41. Oh wow…everything is so bright, cheery and Christmassy here! It sure brings smiles in this freezing weather. The trifle looks really really tempting and delicious. I love Donna Hays recipes, too. Happy Holidays! May 2011 be a great year for you!

  42. Okay, actually I don’t like trifle at all, but I have never seen one look so beautiful as this. I am willing to try trifle again, but only if you make it. This is simply stunning.
    Wishing you a happy new year!
    *kisses* HH

  43. Deeba, you are killing me with this gorgeous dessert!!! two of my favorites in one dessert…macs & are amazing!

    Happy New Year Dear Deeba! :)
    Sara´s last blog post ..Tuscan Style Vegetable SoupMy Profile

  44. wow…that’s beautiful! don’t ya just love donna hay? she rocks. and so do you! happy new year, deeba. may all your dreams come true!
    the urban baker´s last blog post ..Butternut Squash Soup My Top 10My Profile

  45. Leena Rajput says:

    Awesome dessert & beautiful pictures. Happy holidays.
    Do let me know which brand of cranberry juice did u use ????

  46. That is very cool. I may try this for new years.
    Joy´s last blog post ..The Holidays are almost overMy Profile

  47. I love this dessert mainly because it is light and fun and beautiful!
    tasteofbeirut´s last blog post ..PancitMy Profile

  48. Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog says:

    I can’t believe those red- white -delicious pictures of the trifles – really to make cheers with all of them :)

    Happy New Year 2011 Deeba!!

    Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog´s last blog post ..Eat Sweets and Still Lose the Belly FatMy Profile

  49. This is so beautifully done D! They really do look like little Santas!

  50. Deeba- the photos are so, so beautiful- dil chah raha hai kha loun ek! wish i could! happy new year, dear, it’s been a while since we’ve been in touch, but i’ve been thinking of you. love shayma
    shayma´s last blog post ..Happy 2011My Profile

  51. OMG Deeba I think I am in love! I don’t even LIKE trifles, but these flavours are fantastic, and how gorgeous they are… Hope your Christmas was wonderful!

  52. I loved this when I saw it on the cover, and I love how you’ve made them into individual mini trifles here! So pretty and festive, I like Mr PAB’s description of it! 😉
    Su-yin´s last blog post ..Scarpetta’s tomato basil spaghettiMy Profile

  53. hi Deeba,
    You always Rock :) its fabulous! thanx for this wonderful and so easy dessert idea.
    sadaf´s last blog post ..Joconde Imprime &amp happy Birthday to me!!My Profile

  54. Shaunna Boyd says:

    I have to say this is such a beautiful recipe!! I decided to make it for a Christmas Eve dessert (its almost done!) so while I’m waiting I thought I would share what I did since I decided to add a few variations and make this a boozy delight!!

    First off,
    I substituted the cranberry juice for a cran raspberry to give it some extra fruit flavour. I probably wouldn’t recommend doing a 3 full cups of this variation as the raspberry is quite powerful. I only used 1.5 cups of the cran raspberry juice

    I then cut in 1.5 cups of champagne! I mixed the 2 together right away so that when you cut out your 1/2 cup to mix with the gelatine (I used the 3.5 tsp as recommended) its an even mixture. I might add then when you mix the gelatine powder with the juice and champagne mixture its going to bubble quite a bit but don’t worry when you add the boiled sugar mixture and mix it works perfect :)

    Macaroons are quite expensive thought tastey and beautiful I really wanted to make a bigger layer of “cake” topping since I was using a large trifle bowl and not wine glasses. I decided to buy frozen pre made cream puffs! They were quite a lot cheaper for a lot more and have a tasty centre!

    I didn’t attempt this recipe for the whipped topping as I wanted something a little more simple with a vanilla extract substitute so I just found a pretty simple recipe but still kept it one with that great vanilla flavour.

    I haven’t tried it yet but it looks delicious!! Thanks for a very inspiring recipe!

    • Merry Christmas Shauna … and huge thanks for taking the time to share your take on the recipe. How clever to use frozen cream puffs {and lucky you can find stuff like that too}…but well. Genius idea I have to say! You are most welcome. So glad you enjoyed it! :-)


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Deeba Rajpal, Deeba Rajpal and Deeba Rajpal. Deeba Rajpal said: @eatlivtravwrite Sorry the link was broken. WP missed sched…or so it said! HUH? Here U go… Macaron trifle […]

  2. […] Baking | Donna Hay's Strawberry and Vanilla Macaron Trifle … […]

  3. Jokes for friends » Daytime Smokey Eyes- Ask Me Makeup (in HD) says:

    […] Donna Hay's Strawberry and Vanilla Macaron Trifle – Passionate … […]

  4. […] * Baking | Donna Hay’s Strawberry and Vanilla Macaron Trifle…Joyeux Noel! […]

  5. Comida Simples, Apresentação Deslumbrante: Sobremesas | Garimpando o Belo e o Bom says:

    […] garimpadas aqui: Passionate about baking, Casa très chic, HWTM e Style Me […]

  6. […] How fun and pretty are these! Strawberry and Vanilla Macaron Trifle […]

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge