Sunday, January 17, 2010

Berry Trifle

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Here's my version of a berry trifle using ready-made ingredients. It's a retro-recipe that is easy to put together. You serve it in a large, deep serving bowl, and scoop it out with a big spoon into individual serving bowls. It feeds a large crowd, so can be served at parties and potlucks.

Ingredients:
1 yellow cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the cake mix package to make 2, 8" layers)
1 large package Jello vanilla instant pudding mix
1-1/2 cups milk
3 small tubs of Cool Whip
1 large tub of strawberries
1 pint blackberries
1 pint blueberries
2 T sugar
Fresh mint (optional) as a garnish

Bake the cake according to package directions. You can use any yellow cake mix. Once baked and cooled, split the 2 layers in half horizontally so you end up with 4 thin, round layers.

In a medium size bowl, mix the instant pudding mix with the milk. Quickly fold in 1 tub of Cool Whip (before the pudding sets).

Rinse the berries. Slice the strawberries into thirds. Mix all the berries together in a bowl, sprinkle with sugar and gently toss.

To assemble, layer the berries, cake, pudding mixture and Cool Whip. In this photo, I layered it this way:

berries
cake
pudding
berries
cake
Cool Whip
berries
cake
pudding
berries
cake
Cool Whip (thicker layer that seals off the edges - like a cloud)
a few berries sprinkled on top

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