I’ve missed Feed Me Friday. In the swirl of showing our house, packing, and focusing on “finishing well,” I realize I haven’t been cooking a lot! When I do pull out the pots and pans, I’m cooking simple, familiar things like baked macaroni, grilled asparagus, and sauteed chicken. And, let’s be honest … I’m trying to empty out the pantry and the freezer! Bavarian pretzel, anyone?
But this weekend we have a birthday in our house! Jacob is a lover of international treats, and trifle is an English treat that’s right at home this time of year. It also makes a beautiful presentation. And a bonus … strawberries were on sale this week!
I scanned my Pinterest files for the perfect Berry Trifle recipe and just didn’t find one I loved. There are a LOT out there, but I don’t like a lot of lemon, didn’t want to use pudding, and rejected cookies or pound cake as my “sponge” layer. So I took my favorite parts of several recipes and came up with Jacob’s Birthday Berry Trifle.
- 2 blocks (8 oz each) of cream cheese (I use light) at room temp
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2/3 cup of cold whipping cream
- 12 oz of fresh raspberries
- 16 oz of strawberries
- 4 T. orange juice
- 1/2 of a baked angel food cake (I made mine from a quick box mix), cut in cubes
- Use a mixer to blend the cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar.
- Once blended, whip in the whipping cream until thoroughly mixed and creamy. Set aside.
- Chop the strawberries in small chunks and toss with the orange juice.
- To cut the angel food cake in cubes, you might need an electric knife or kitchen scissors; it can be sticky, making it easy to smash. You don’t want that!
- Make 2 layers of: Cake cubes, chopped strawberries, raspberries, cream (spread gently).
- You will end with the cream layer. Cover and chill until ready to eat, preferably at least 6 hours.
- Garnish with berries on top.
Other recipes that say “Love”
- For warm, comforting baking ideas, check out my Pinterest Baking board (heavy on the cookies ;))
- In the mood for something more tropical? My Banana Pudding Trifle is DELICIOUS!
Even when life is full of change, cooking for those I love has a soothing, comforting affect on me … and on them! What food says “I love you” from your kitchen? I could use some inspiration and would love to read your ideas in the comments!