One of my favourite things about Granny is that she is great at rustling up a fun dessert for the girls. I normally reach for the Petite Filous but according to my kids, this becomes a bit dull after every meal. If I am honest, I don’t really have time to make wonderful desserts . . . or so I thought.

The history of fluff

Granny recently told me that when she was a young Mum, she was always trying to think of ways to get the kids to drink more milk through dairy-based desserts. A particular favourite of hers was Pineapple Fluff which her children loved, both as children, and now, as adults. She made it for my children and it became an instant hit. So much so, that I felt it was time she passed the recipe down to the next generation.

Why I love it

To my delight, it is incredibly easy to make plus there are only four ingredients so it already ticks all of my boxes. The ingredients are pineapple chunks, pineapple jelly, water and a small tin of evaporated milk. The only stumbling block was finding pineapple jelly, which, as it turns out, is hard to come by in South London.

Not one to be beaten, I decided to try it with a different flavour. My first attempt was lime jelly with grapes which went down a storm. Followed by strawberry jelly with strawberries which was equally well received (see picture below).

Now for the recipe:


  • 1 x packet of cubed pineapple jelly (or any other flavour)
  • 1 x 170g tin of evaporated milk
  • 1 x small tin of pineapple chunks (or other fruit)
  • cold water


  1. Drain the tin of pineapple chunks and put into a glass bowl
  2. Cut the jelly into cubes and put into a measuring jug. Add boiling water up to the 285ml mark and stir until dissolved.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  4. Add the evaporated milk into the jelly mixture. Then add enough cold water to make it up to the 570ml mark.
  5. Whisk until light and frothy.
  6. Pour the frothy mixture over the pineapple chunks
  7. Wait for the jelly to cool before popping in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  8. Eat.

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Other Fluffs to try

  • Orange Fluff – Orange jelly and clementine segments
  • Raspberry Fluff – Raspberry jelly and raspberries
  • Strawberry Fluff – Strawberry jelly and strawberries. I sometimes I throw in a bit of mint.

In case you were wondering, I eventually found some of the elusive pineapple jelly in a supermarket in Croydon and stocked up. In fact, I bought so much that I have probably depleted the last of South London’s pineapple jelly stock – sorry about that.

Over to you

Do you have any recipes for quick and easy desserts that have been passed through the generations that you would like to share? If so, comment below. I would love to hear all about them.