Sunday, July 5, 2009

Blue Plate Mondays - Red, White and Blue Trifle

A dear friend of mine married yesterday. She has had a big year. She became acting dean of our division and succeeded in transiting us all into a good year of teaching after the death of another dear friend and dean, then she retired, and married. Big changes and big happiness. I am thrilled for her!

Doesn’t she look just plain happy? I think so. She and her man chose to have a small wedding in romantic and artsy Eureka Springs then an old-fashion outdoor reception at under a large pavilion at a local lake. It was pot-luck and friends and family gathered for great food and even a little square dancing. It was as these gatherings should be.

Here is my contribution.

Red, White and Blue Trifle

1 package (3.4-ounce) instant white chocolate pudding
4 C fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries), washed, hulled, plus extra for garnish
1/3 C sugar
2 t fresh lemon juice
1 C whipping cream
1 ½ t vanilla extract
½ t almond extract
1 loaf angel food cake, cut into one inch cubes

Prepare the pudding according to the package directions and chill. Slice the strawberries, if you're using them, then toss all of the berries with the lemon juice and sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the berries to release juices.

Using a mixer, whip the cream, vanilla extract, almond extract and 2 T sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside. To make the layers, arrange a layer of angel food cake cubes on the bottom of a large, clear serving bowl (I use a 2 quart trifle bowl). Spread a layer of berries over cake and top the berries with half of the pudding.

Add another layer of angel food cake, another third of the berries and juice, and the rest of the pudding.

Top with the whipped cream and garnish with remaining berries.

Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.

I played tennis before the reception which explains the pigtails. John thinks they are cute, but pigtails are not required for good trifle making.

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  1. What a yummy festive treat, and pretty too!

  2. This looks easy enough for me to try and beautiful as well. I just someone would have a recipe for my trifle bowl! Thank you for sharing. Have a great week! Elizabeth

  3. This looks so yummy!

    I love trifles - so I posted a trifle recipe too.

    Hope you have a great week.

  4. That looks delicious...and just perfect for the 4th of July week-end!

  5. Kelly, I am so glad your daughter likes the owl. She could glue every single piece except she would need to whip stitch the body and face. That is a much simpler stitch. Let the craft glue dry overnight before sewing. Elizabeth!
    PS My brother is a teacher who teaches in purple! You need to read my post "Mrs. Goodwin". You will understand why!

  6. Wow, what a stunning trifle! I'm sure it tasted as good as it looks, too.

  7. I make a very similar trifle only with chocolate cake. You can use a devil's food cake mix to speed things along. People love it!