Pineapple layered dessert

This is a very easy dessert and you can make it in a matter of a few minutes.  It is so easy to make that I made it for my husband’s birthday, the day before our second daughter was born (yes… they were born on 2 consecutive days!).  You can make your own custard or use a ready made one.  I really like this dessert, especially in summer.  It is perfect for a barbecue and even though it is not light in calories, it does feel light and fluffy when you eat it.  And the pineapple pieces are so refreshing.  Whenever l serve it, it is usually a hit and I never have leftovers.  Enjoy!


Ingredients for 4 persons:
24 lady finger biscuits (savoiardi)
1 tin pineapple, in pieces (440 gms) and its juice
Water (1:1 with the tin juice)
250 ml cream, whipped with 3 to 4 tbsp sugar
250 ml thick vanilla custard

Whip the cream with the sugar and gently mix it with the thick vanilla custard.  Keep this cream and custard mix aside.

Drain the pineapple pieces and reserve the juice.  Add the same quantity of water to the pineapple juice in a bowl, mix, and keep aside.

Take a serving dish and put a layer of cream and custard mix at the bottom.

Then take 1 savoiardo and dip it in the liquid until it is soaked and soft, but not mushy.

Repeat this and create a layer of savoiardi on top of the cream and custard mix, then add another layer of cream and custard mix, some pineapple pieces, a layer of savoiardi etc. until you get to the top.

Finish with a layer of cream and custard mix and pineapple pieces on the top.

Pineapple layered dessert

Put it in the fridge and serve cold.



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  1. says

    Oh, Manu, this looks like a fantastic dessert! I am a huge pineapple fan…but hubby won’t touch it. So for now I will just drool over your gorgeous dish…wishing for an excuse to try it :) Happy Sunday!!

  2. says

    Yum! I love easy to put together desserts. This looks great. I love pineapple but have yet to find it in Israel and an affordable price! They are super small here too. I will have to keep my eyes open.

  3. says

    Looks like a great thing to bring at those summer barbecue that hopefully will be happening also here at some point (today rain and 16C)…. Great spin on Tiramisu!!

  4. says

    Oh my goodness, what a amazing recipe Manuela, very well done! So refreshing and I love pineapple and cream oh and ladyfingers..ok I love your whole cake!:)))
    Thanks for sharing, I will have to try this next week!

  5. says

    manu, what a yummy dessert you have posted, and that too not very complicated! I think, this is going to be a great hit with my kids. Lovely pictures!

  6. says

    Manu – this is just brilliant! I love a quickie dessert that is just as impressive and something you can rustle up in no time. Thanks for sharing this. Looks SO good. :-) Need to add this to the repertoire!

  7. says

    Hi Manu! Love this refreshing pineapple dessert! Especially that it’s easy-to-make and don’t require any baking! LOL
    What kinda cream did you use and where can I find thick vanilla custard? So sorry for my ignorance as I’ve NEVER bake before… LOL

    • says

      I used fresh cream, the one that you can whip. Or if you don’t find it, you can use the already whipped cream for this. I usually find the vanilla custard at the supermarket (near the fresh cream)… but if you don’t find it, you can make it at home. Try making the cream I use to fill my genovesi (, but leave out the lemon zest and use only 15-20 gms of corn flour as you do not need as thick. :-)

  8. says

    Great post, Manu! This looks like a recipe that would work with so many different fruits… and it’s quick to put together too! I love it! Thank you for sharing this :)

  9. says

    I make this dessert, too! For me it’s the summer version of a Tiramisù (I call it “Pineapple tiramisù”, in fact), but I make it only with whipped cream (without vanilla custard, that seems a great idea!).
    Maybe I’ll prepare it soon! :)

  10. says

    Ohhh no bake dessert, and it looks so easy by looking at your step-by-step pictures. I don’t see too many pineapple dessert and I’m so happy to see this as my kids love the pineapple! Thank you for sharing this special recipe Manu! So happy. :-)

  11. says

    Mi piacciono molto i dolci con l’ananas! Questo poi ha un’aria deliziosa e non va in forno, perfetto ora che in Italia è arrivato il caldo:) Unico rischio per me: mangiarne troppo!
    Le tue foto passo passo sono super

  12. says

    Hi! manu i have all ing. and some left over lady biscit too. so i’m try now:). thanks for sharing this. just mouthwatering and easy too.


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