It's Just a Trifle!

A trifle is a very versatile dessert. It can be made with any fresh fruit that is available. Use whatever jam would coordinate with the fruit. You can substitute chunks of pound cake instead of ladyfingers. It is a great way to use up stale pound cake as the pudding and fruit soften it. Alcohol such as an orange or other fruit liqueur or brandy may be added when you add the fruit. Just pour over top.

1 package ladyfingers
1 package or batch of vanilla pudding or you can use Custard
2 cups of fresh fruit sweetened with 1/3 cup sugar
1 pint fruit jam
1 pint whipping cream or 1 container of your favorite whipped topping
juice of 1/4 lemon
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Make your vanilla pudding and put in the refrigerator to cool.
Take a ladyfinger and spread jam on it. Place it, jam side up, on the bottom of your bowl. Repeat until the bottom of your bowl is covered with ladyfingers, and then begin putting ladyfingers along the sides of your bowl with the jam side facing in.
Once your pudding has cooled, pour into your bowl of ladyfingers gently so as not to knock the ladyfingers.
Cover the top of the pudding with your fruit and sugar mixture, reserving some of the fruit for garnish.
Layer any remaining ladyfingers with jam on top of the fruit. Place in the refrigerator while you make the whipped cream.
Take the pint of whipping cream, lemon juice and powdered sugar in the mixing bowl of your Kitchenaid. If you do not have a Kitchenaid, you can use a hand mixer, but it takes a bit more time and patience. My father used to make whipped cream by beating the whipping cream by hand, but I don't recommend it. It takes a lot time and muscle.
Beat, starting at a slow speed and increasing the speed as soon as you can without it jumping out of the bowl. As it gets thicker, you can turn the speed up. When it gets to whipped cream consistency (about 10 minutes) turn off the mixer and add the whipped cream to the top of the trifle. Add the remaining fruit. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Another tasty trifle is made from brownies and chocolate mousse with whipped cream and toffee chips. Recipe at Habits for a Happy Home.

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