Mango Trifle Recipe for a Weekend BBQ by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen

Mango Trifle Recipe for a Weekend BBQ by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen

My neighbor, Jennifer Johnson (of FatIguana Marketing), asked me if there is anything she could do with mangoes that had been macerating for several days. I suggested a recipe for Mango Apple TrifleApple mango trifle dessert recipe image by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen and invited her to guest author a blog article. Her story about my Mango Apple Trifle recipe follows:

One of my colleagues gave me a bag full of fresh local mangoes. Mango trees grow huge here in Hawaii, and my colleague has one such huge mango tree growing in his family yard. As is Hawaii tradition, he spreads aloha by sharing the mangoes with friends. When mango trees go to fruit, there is an abundance of fruit coming off the tree in a short period of time. My husband and I love mangoes and are always on the look out for new ways to use mangos! One of my favorites is to enjoy mangoes as a frozen snack. Simply peel and cut the mango into small wedges, then place in a container in the freezer. Once frozen, eat the mango wedges frozen as healthy refreshing snack on a hot day.

We also love homemade fresh mango ice cream and mango sherbert or sorbet. Macerating the mangoes before placing in the the ice cream creates the best flavors! So, with all the mangoes we received, I decided to macerate mangoes for ice cream. Unfortunately, I got too busy with other things and didn’t get opportunity to make the ice cream for a few days. The Fresh mangoes for apple mango trifle recipe.mangoes seemed over macerated (is that possible?) and I didn’t know what to do. Since Chef CJ taught me how to macerate fruit in the first place, I decided to ask him for advice. Immediately, he reassured the mangoes would be fine and recommend using the mangoes in a fruit trifle.

Chef Christian told us of a story where his grandmother used to make a fruit Trifle with macerated, over softened, or winter/canned fruit and fresh cream as a quick and easy delicious dessert. Then off the top of his head, Chef CJ not only gave us the recipe, he helped us create a trifle right then and there. Of course we had to eat it as dessert after our dinner and it was absolutely delicious! Try it yourself! Chef CJ’s Mango Apple Trifle recipe:

Mango Apple Trifle Recipe, by Chef Christian Jorgensen

In a sauté or fry pan, use equal amount panko bread crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs) and white sugar. Start with aproximately a half a cup of each. First, add ½ of the panko and then ½ of the sugar to the pan. Cook over med-high heat. Then, add the rest of the panko and sugar again. Cook until a crumble forms, about 5 minutes.

Spread on a baking sheet until cool.

In a bowl, whip some heavy cream. In a different bowl, mix 1 egg, ½ cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Whip until fluffy. Turn egg mixture into the whip cream.

Use glass dishes or bowls so you can see the layers. Layer the panko, whip cream and fruit in ½ cup increments, repeat until the bowl is full.

Chill for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld together.

For a quick dessert, you can substitute the panko/sugar crumble with crunched up macaroon cookies or subsitute the whip cream mixture with vanilla pudding folded into whip cream.

Maui Chef CJ created a fresh mango apple trifle recipe image.

A variety of fruit may be used instead of mangoes. Or, a mixture of two fruits may complement each other nicely when one adds a crunch texture such as apple with mango as we used. Pear, peach, plums, nectarines, strawberries, raspberries or apricots work great too. I used both the over-macerated mangoes and fresh chopped apples – It was delicious! We shared a bowl with the Chef and his family loved it too!

If you enjoyed this recipe as much as we did, leave a comment below. And, when you visit Maui be sure to visit CJ’s Deli Diner restaurant in Kaanapali to enjoy their home made desserts and comfort food. Chef CJ also plans and caters events and weddings on Maui too. Use the button below to request a complementary event catering or wedding planning estimate:


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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit