Nancy McCafferty’s Berry Trifle

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… followed by Chef’s notes and Lady Finger Recipe

TrifleThis was a delicious dessert that was served at a small gathering in June. With weather in Phoenix topping a hundred degrees, this went over really well. Plus, she said it only took about half an hour to prepare.

Served ten people with some left over.

1 box prepared Vanilla pudding – instant or stovetop
2 cups milk
8 ounces cream cheese – softened
6 ounces Greek vanilla yogurt
10 ounce frozen loaf pound cake – thaw and cube into half inch cubes
6 cups strawberries – cut in half – remove stem
2 cups blueberries
1 cup raspberries

  1. Prepare pudding – set aside
  2. Mix cream cheese and yogurt on medium speed until smooth
  3. Fold in pudding
  4. Gently mix fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  5. In a large glass bowl (3-4 quarts) create three layers. Layer 1/3 of the following:
    •   cake, pudding, fruit
    •   repeat
    •   repeat
  6. Cover and chill up to 24 hours.  Best if chilled at least 4 hours.

If you are interested, you can make your own lady fingers rather than using pound cake

Chef’s Notes


These notes are gleaned from PBS The Great British Baking Show

  • A Trifle should have well-defined layers
  • Trifles are a West Wales staple – placed on tables several times each week
  • Trifles traditionally use lady fingers for the cake layers
  • Another option is Vanilla Wafers
  • Use a shallow disk to serve many and to all all flavors in a single serving
  • Biscuits need to absorb the liquid without disintegrating
  • Many of the chefs used lemon meringue or lemon curd – The custard should be thick
  • Recipe 1: layers of biscuit/cake, strawberry, whipped cream and blueberry
  • Recipe 2: Recipe featured a praline circle on the top
  • Recipe 3: bananas, strawberries, mangos with Lemon Macaroons on top
  • Recipe 4: Ginger cake with fruit and creme anglaise
  • Recipe 5: Spray the layers with cointreau
  • Recipe 6: Peach, almond and ginger – with browned butter
  • Recipe 7: Cake layer was a lemon Swiss roll
  • Recipe 8: Amaretti Bisquits on top
  • Recipe 9: Chef used a jelly layer

If you are interested, you can MAKE YOUR OWN LADY FINGERS rather than using pound cake


Recipe from Wall Street Journal

Trifle 1 Trifle 2 Trifle 3
What they are calling their Christmas Pudding was defined in a previous publication. You can use slices of Angel Food Cake, Vanilla Wafers, or more traditionally Lady Fingers. This goes over GREAT at parties. Make sure you assemble it into a clear glass bowl or the WOW factor is lost.

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