Carmen Miranda

READY IN: 12hrs 30mins
Recipe by Muffin Goddess

I haven't had a chance to try this yet, but I liked the sound of it. I found this recipe on (sadly departed) a while back, but I believe it's originally from a cookbook called "Fiesta! A Celebration of Latin Hospitality". Note: allow for chilling time for assmbled trifle (minimum 2 hours, but overnight is recommended).

Top Review by ForeverMama

The naming of this desert really drew me in. I LOVE Carmen Miranda! I remember watching her on old movies when I was a kid! I also love the fresh fruit choices and the creaminess of the whipped cream and cream cheese. Though the ingredients are great, there was something missing. I believe that adding vanilla extract to the cream mixture and making additional rum flavoring which then could be incorporated into the egg mixture during the whipping over the double boiler would help to pump up the flavoring. We did enjoy this desert. Thank you MuffinGoddess for sharing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Chill a mixing bowl and clean beaters in the freezer. Prepare a double boiler for use (bring water to a simmer in the bottom portion).
  2. Beat egg yolks and 2/3 cup sugar in a large bowl until pale yellow (approximately 2 minutes). Transfer this mixture to the top pan of the prepared double boiler. Simmer, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes or until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Once cooked yolk mixture has cooled to room temp, combine this mixture in a food processor with the cream cheese. Process until fluffy and well-blended.
  4. Whip chilled cream in the chilled bowl with chilled beaters until it forms stiff peaks(the colder everything is, the better). Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine the liquor with the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and simmer to dissolve the sugar, approximately 5 minutes. Cool slightly, then transfer to a small bowl.
  6. Everything but the fruit will be layered into a 9-inch bowl (glass is best for visual effect) in thirds (the fruit will be layered once per type). Dip each ladyfinger in the liquor syrup, then place in the bottom of the serving bowl. Once 1/3 of the ladyfingers are dipped and placed, cover them with the diced mangoes and 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture. Cover with another 1/3 of dipped ladyfingers, then the pineapple and 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat one more time, 1/3 of the dipped ladyfingers, the diced papaya, and the last of the cream cheese mixture. Chill overnight (or at least for two hours so the ladyfingers will soften and flavors can meld). Just prior to serving, garnish with the additional fruits.

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