WGN Morning News’ Robin Baumgarten is trying her hand at cooking once again — and whips up a retro recipe for the famous Beef Trifle made by Rachel on “Friends.”



  • ¾ pound ground beef
  • ½ cup diced onion 
  • ¾ cup frozen green peas
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 7 oz. pkg. Lady fingers, cut in half, divided
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • 4 cups vanilla custard or pudding, divided
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups whipped topping


  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook, crumbling with the back of a spoon until browned, about 8 minutes. Add onion to ground beef and cook, stirring constantly 4 minutes. Add peas and season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Line bottom of trifle dish with half of the lady fingers, artfully arranging some around the perimeter of the dish. Top lady fingers evenly with jam. Spread 2 cups of custard over jam and top with raspberries. Add remaining lady fingers in a single layer over custard. Top evenly with sauteed beef mixture and remaining custard. Add sliced bananas and top evenly with whipped topping.

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