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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sweet Equations: Triple Berry Trifle

Ah yes, Mother's Day dessert. Honestly, this is really my "go to" dessert that can be thrown together pretty quickly with impressive results. Trifle can be any combination of cake and pudding or custard, so you can really just layer your favorite flavors. Like chocolate.
We do have trifle bowl. Okay, we have two. I'm weird. But if you do not have one of these bad boys, any clear glass bowl (preferably with straight sides) will cut it.
 Gather your ingredients. You will need:

1. 2 cups of strawberry jam
2. 3 tbs orange juice or triple sec
3. Strawberries
4. Raspberries
5. Blackberries
6. Two packages of instant pudding. We went for chocolate. Okay, it was me
7. 16 oz tub of whipped topping
8. 2 cups of milk
9. Pound cake

I got our chef his very own measuring paraphernalia. He's quite pleased.
 First, mix the pudding and the milk.
Divide the whipped topping in half and add half to the pudding.

Gently fold together...
...until the mixture is smooth.
Take the pound cake and cut it in half...
...then cut the halves in half...
...and so on, until you have 16 even slices. Cool trick, huh?
 Set it aside.
Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries, reserving one perfect one for garnish.
Line the bottom of the trifle bowl with cake slices.
 Put jam and juice in a saucepan on low and melt it slightly. This will take under five minutes.

 Fill in any gaps in the cake by breaking a slice up as needed.
Spread a layer of the strawberries, saving a few for the topping.
Drizzle with 1/3 of the jam.
Carefully spread 1/3 of the pudding mixture over the top of this. Start at the center and use a spatula to smooth it to the sides. The neatness of your layering counts. If any pudding does get on the sides, you can use a slice of cake in the next layer to wipe it off.
 Now, repeat the steps with another layer of cake, then blackberries...
 ...more jam, then pudding.
Cake, then raspberries...
...pudding! I'm getting hungry.
 Smooth the reserved whipped topping over the last layer.
Take that pretty strawberry you saved and make thin, parallel slices from just below the hull to the tip and carefully fan it out. Sprinkle the strawberry slices and then crown them with your fan.
Under a half hour and company impressive! Is it easy?
Thom and Savannah made this without my help for the first time.
Dig in!


Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I was getting errors everytime I tried to post a comment. Seems to be working now.

Ok..I just died and went to trifle heaven. Good job, Minions! I want some now!! :)


Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...
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Life in Rehab said...

Thanks, Heather. I know it looks like a lot of dessert, but it seemed to disappear in like a day and a half, oddly enough.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Yes, very odd w/ three teenagers in the house. lol! We made our first trifle for little one's b'day in the fall, Caramel apple trifle Then for Christmas we made a Gingerbread pumpkin trifle.
Yours is the perfect spring/summer one! I like using the trifle bowl for other things as well. Did a big fruit salad it in and sometimes I use it to hold our clementines...