Sunday, May 11, 2014

Strawberry Triffle

I'm going to start out with saying that there are about a thousand different ways that you can make a trifle - and would bet that about 90% of them are delicious!!!  This one absolutely falls in that 90%.

No one component in this is hard to make or difficult to put together - so the ease that this dessert can be whipped together will give the perspective that you slaved at putting together an extravagant dessert, when really you layered a few easy ingredients.
I think that the best thing about this dessert is that we got to purchase a trifle dish to have the right presentation on this dish.  With how much I have cooked and grilled and made desserts and baked - I didn't have a trifle dish.  Now that I think about it, there are a few misc kitchen items I don't have - like a bundt pan or a punch bowl.  I'm sure some day I'll find a recipe that I want to try which requires one of those items.  
What I haven't mentioned is that this was our Easter dessert and it would have been scored 5 out of 5 stars by every guest.  There was barely any left and happy comments flowed from the first bite on...adults and kids alike - this was a crowd favorite!


Strawberry Trifle


Ingredients:

  • Nilla Wafers
  • 1 package short bread (purchased at local bakery), sliced
  • 2 packages fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 boxes cheese cake flavored jello pudding
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 quarts heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla

Preparation:
  • Strawberry Prep - Rinse, de-stem and slice strawberries.  Place in a bowl with 1/2 cup sugar and stir coating all of the strawberries.  Cover with saran wrap and chill in fridge for 3+ hours.  This will give you lots of strawberry juice that will soak in the wafers and short bread.
  • Custard Prep - whip pudding and whole milk per package instructions.  Place in fridge for 10-30 minutes to help set.
  • Homemade Whip Cream - combine heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar and vanilla in another bowl and whisk until you achieve solid peaks. 
  • Constructing the Trifle - Layer the following (try to get 3 layers, but if not, 2 will do):  Nilla wafers, custard, short bread, strawberries (don't forget some of the juice), whipped cream; and repeat.

Happy Layering!!!

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