Most of you are probably well prepared for your summer-time cookout. Me? My middle name is...not so prepared all the time. Anyhow, I thought this looked yummy, easy, and could be done day of.
Summer Berry Trifle
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Serving this traditional English dessert in a glass pedestal bowl shows off its impressive layers of ladyfingers, pudding, and colorful fruits. If you don't have one, a regular glass bowl will also do the trick.
- 1 package (3.4-ounce) instant vanilla pudding
- 4 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries), washed and hulled, plus extra for garnish
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 24 to 36 ladyfingers
To make the fillings, prepare the pudding according to the package directions
and chill it.
Slice the strawberries, if you're using them, then toss all of the berries
with the lemon juice and the 1/4 cup of sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow
the berries to release their juices.
In a medium mixing bowl, whip the cream, vanilla extract, and remaining 2
tablespoons of sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
To make the layers, set a layer of ladyfingers (around 7 or 8) on the bottom
of a large, clear serving bowl (ours was 4 quarts). Top with the berries with
half of the pudding.
Add another layer of ladyfingers, another third of the berries and juice, and
the rest of the pudding. Add a final layer of ladyfingers and berries. Top with
the whipped cream and a berry garnish.
- Refrigerate until you're ready to serve. Serves 8 to 10.
- To make the fillings, prepare the pudding according to the package directions and chill it.