Passion-fruit Dessert


Passion-fruit or Granadillas are a fruit that grew in my garden in South Africa and is a very popular fruit there for drinks ( add sugar and water) and desserts. This dessert is one that my mother used to make for me as a little girl and it is so good that it is tempting to eat the whole bowl at one sitting! When we started to grow this fruit on our little farm in the US, it brought back many memories and smiles to our faces. The aroma is tantalizing and fills the kitchen and refrigerator. In addition when its the height of the season, I will take out pulp from many of the ripe fruit and freeze it in plastic lunch baggies, ready to be removed later in the winter months when I add it to fruit salad along with papaya, pineapple and banana – a traditional South African Fruit Salad. Your children will love this! Passion-fruit grows well in Southern California – and makes a very attractive trailing creeper that we have all over our little farm as hedges separating the Vineyard from fruit trees and so on.


One packet of yellow jello powder

14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk

12 fresh passion fruit (Granadilla) ripe, pulp only

Serving dish

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes


1. Make up the jello using 1 cup boiling water, stir to dissolve the powder, and then add about 3/4 cup cold water, i.e. less water than stated on packet since you want it to be thicker than normal

2. Leave jello in a cold place until it starts to set and has the consistency of raw egg-white.

3. Using a whisk or electric beater, whisk jello until frothy.

4. Add sweetened condensed milk and whisk in well.

5. Add pulp and juice from the passion-fruit, stir in well, and let dessert set.

6. Serve as is, or with whipped cream, ice cream or custard ( I like Birds Custard)

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