Peach Pistachio Praline Trifle

August is a month I look forward to for more reasons than one.  Aside from sending the kiddos back to school (love ya boys but I can’t argue with education), we enjoy the much anticipated arrival of fresh, local peaches.  Let me reassure that living in the South, you quickly learn to appreciate a tasty stone fruit.  In recent years Georgia and South Carolina have pitted themselves against each other, both claiming that they produce the better yield.  All I can say to that is; you won’t see this mama taking sides.  I’ve had peaches from both ends of the border and can safely declare that both are winners in their own rite.   But if you decide you still want to perform a bit of your own research on the subject, the New York Times put out an interesting article highlighting their take on the situation.  I also found a fun video from the CBS Early Show discussing the heated rivalry.

On that note, in honor of peach season I’ve put together a simple, refreshing peach trifle.  For the base I used Donsuemor madeleines, which were provided to me, but you can just as easily use ladyfingers, pound cake, angel food, or any other yellow cake substitute for that matter.

Start out by cooking up your pistachio praline.  Melt up a little butter and add in a small amount of brown sugar.

Sprinkle in a heaping handful of pistachios.

Let those cook up for a minute or so and then remove the pan from the heat and add in a few splashes of heavy cream and a hint of vanilla.

Next up, whip some cream, a little sugar, and a few hearty drops of pistachio extract until stiff peaks form.  Fold it into the prepared pudding until completely incorporated.

Finally, boil up a pot of water and blanch a few of those beautiful South Carolina peaches (or Georgia peaches if you’re so inclined) for no longer than a minute.  Drain, peel, and slice them up.

Alright, let’s layer up this gorgeous dessert.  Start with a layer of cookies or cake.

Follow that up with a bit of the pistachio praline mixture.  Yum yum.

Now for the best part, fresh juicy peaches.  Don’t be shy here, the more the better.

Finish it off with a layer of the whipped pudding.  Now repeat that wonderful pattern one more time and then sit back and admire your culinary handy work.

An ode to the gorgeous, juicy peaches of South Carolina and Georgia; no matter which peach you choose, you’re sure to be happy you chose it.  Enjoy!


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Peach Pistachio Praline Trifle

Total Time: 30 min


4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 Cup Pistachios
3/4 Cup + 3 Tbsp Heavy Cream
1 tsp Vanilla
1 3.4 Oz. Vanilla Instant Pudding, prepared according to package instructions
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Pistachio Extract (you can sub almond extract)
4 Fresh Peaches
16 Donsuemor Madeleines (Can sub ladyfingers, angel food cake, or pound cake)


In a small saucepan heat up the butter on medium heat until melted.

Add in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix well.

Stir in the pistachios and let the mixture cook for one minute more. Remove from heat, stir in the 3 tbsp of cream and vanilla. Let cool.

Whip up the remaining heavy cream, sugar and extract until peaks form.

Fold the whipped cream into the prepared pudding.

Boil up a pot of water and blanch the peaches for 1 minute. Peel and slice.

Layer up the trifle starting with half the cookies/cake, followed by the pistachios, peaches and pudding. Repeat the layers and chill for at least an hour before serving.

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19 Responses to “Peach Pistachio Praline Trifle”

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    Laura in Cancun — August 23, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    “Georgia and South Carolina have PITTED themselves against each other”

    Please tell me that was intentional! Too funny :)

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    Mari's Cakes — August 23, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Both states have wonderful peach recipes, so the both should call themselves peach states :) This dessert is absolutely heavenly. I love that you used madeleines, it makes it more interesting and special. You rock, Julie!!


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    Faith — August 23, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    That’s funny Julie! Mike loves peaches and this trifle will make his day! It’s absolutely great. Love the first pictures of pistachios. Looks tempting.

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    Jenna — August 23, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Divine, my dear! Absolutely divine!

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    Crystal's Cozy Kitchen — August 23, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Looks delicious! I love peaches and pistachios. Can’t wait to try this!

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    Rita — August 23, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    You used madeleines…the crowning glory. What a fantastic treat; loe everything about it; those pistacchios with peaches must taste like ambrosia.

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    anne — August 23, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    vert interesting combo, looks refreshing! Anne

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    Sanjeeta kk — August 24, 2011 @ 1:09 am

    O what a gorgeous looking dessert, Julie! And love that huge glassware. Wanna dig in right away :)

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — August 24, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

    I have been smitten with pistachios in the last week or two. This dessert looks awesomely easy and elegant at the same time! Love it!

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    grace — August 25, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    i love pecan pralines, but i swear i’d die on the spot if i ate pistachio pralines–delicious idea! and the trifle is grand. :)

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    5 Star Foodie — August 25, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    A super decadent trifle! I love the peaches and pistachios and Madeleines here, awesome!

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    Kelly — August 25, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    What a clever idea! This looks so decadent!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — August 26, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    Oh Julie, That looks perfectly stunning! I bet the pistachios MAKE this dessert.

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    Nicole — August 26, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    Absolutely love what you did with the Donsuemor madeleines! If any other bloggers are interested in blogging about Donsuemor/using them in a recipe let me know!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 26, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    This looks delicious! Love the madeleines in here.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 26, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    looks wonderful! I’ve never made a trifle with peaches and I’m pretty sure I’m missing out!

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — September 7, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Looks amazing! What is not to love about this dessert? I would like two servings pleas!

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    Velva — September 8, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    Your trifle looks divine! Wow, Love it. Thanks for sharing t with us.


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    bluecottonmemory — September 14, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    This is amazing! There’s a man who brings peaces to our town from outside of Nashville – he grows them – and they are like peaches from heaven!

    Definitely need to try your recipe when he brings those peaches in again! Beautiful and , just, well, yum all dolled up!

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