Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Queen of Strawberry Desserts

Has to be a trifle. It's big, it's decadant and it's bursting with strawberries. And it's a great dessert for company for it can mostly be made ahead!
Layers of pound cake sandwiched with raspberry jam, strawberries and vanilla pudding -- all crowned with freshly whipped cream and a strawberry garnish.
It is certainly a showy dessert and one meant for company!

With the strawberries at the market so good this year, it was a perfect dessert when we had luncheon company! And it is so easy to make . . . and you can cheat and use Sara Lee frozen pound cake and even pudding from a mix!

It's Friday which means that it's Foodie Friday -- so please join Michael at Designs By Gollum to see what everyone is cooking this Friday.

STRAWBERRY TRIFLE

2 pints strawberries, quartered or thickly sliced, plus extra for garnish
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. Grand Marnier (or other orange flavored liqueur)
1 pound cake (14 to 16 ounces -- homemade is best)
6 T. raspberry jam
2 cups vanilla pudding (from your favorite recipe or from a mix)
1 cup heavy cream
2 T. powdered sugar
1 T. Grand Marnier

In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries gently with the granulated sugar and Grand Marnier. Let stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the cake lengthwise into 6 slices about 1/2 inch thick. Spread 2 T. raspberry jam over every other slice. Sandwich together a jam covered slice with a plain slice so there are 3 sections of cake layers filled with jam. Cut each section crosswise into slices 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.

Cover the bottom of a glass trifle dish with a layer of cake pieces. Drain the strawberries, reserving the juices; there will be about 1/4 cup. Drizzle 2 1/2 to 3 T. of the juices over the cake pieces in the bowl. Place half the strawberries in the bottom. Cover with half the vanilla pudding. Place the remaining cake pieces on top. Drizzle with the remaining juices and cover with the remaining berries and pudding. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Shortly before serving, beat the cream with the powdered sugar until fairly stiff. Beat in the vanilla. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the trifle and garnish with the whole berries.








27 comments:

Bernideen said...

This is indeed an feastfor the mouth, tummy and eyes!

Allie and Pattie said...

I love trifle- it's such a pretty dessert. Allie prefers it in chocolate:)
xoxo Pattie

Pondside said...

Trifle is a favorite in this house, but I've never made a strawberry trifle - yet!

Shirley said...

I could dive into that right now!! It's beautiful and looks pretty simple to make!!

Sherry said...

I love this! It looks awesome.

scribbler-unfocused said...

This looks divine as always. Trifles are so fancy looking, but really easy, don't you think?

Scribbler

ButterYum said...

Trifles are one of those wonderfully easy desserts - maximum impact from minimal effort.

:)
ButterYum

Tracy F. said...

I love trifle and this one looks yummy!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Your trifle looks lovely and I think the strawberries have been good this year. Thanks for reminding me to make a trifle. Joni

Haden News said...

What a beautful dessert! Something this yummy doesn't have too many calories ... right!!?? lol

gnee said...

Love,love love trifle, any flavor or combination! Thanks...

Melodie said...

This dessert look to die for! I'd love to have you link up with me at my weekly meme: Vegetarian Foodie Fridays at Breastfeeding Moms Unite! Come and share! :)

Melanie said...

I've also served a similar dessert to my friends this week: Lemon Pudding Cake with strawberries and whip cream. I love your blog: keep up the good work! You may like my blog about Country Cottage Living... http://handful-of-daisies.blogspot.com
I live in Lynden, Washington. Hope you and your friends stop by soon!
Melanie

Teresa @ Red Velvet Confections said...

Your trifle looks delicious. I'll have to try Grand Marnier in mine one day.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Trifle is such a beautiful dessert! And so delicious- and your's looks fabulous. I have never made a poundcake sandwich and then put it in the trifle. Yummy!
Yvonne

bj said...

I love trifle...and your's is simply stunning..and, as you say, with the strawberries being so good this year, I have been using them a LOT.
xo bj

Martha said...

trifles are easy and you can make them really easy by using frozen Sara Lee poundcake and bought pudding. It's not a dessert you can whip up in a minute when unexpected company comes, however, for it needs the "aging" process and is better made earlier than later!

Kim said...

It looks heavenly!

Erica said...

I love trifle and for my older brother I make it for his birthday every year......it's like heaven on a plate.
Sometimes I cheat and use the Sara Lee pound cake and the boxed pudding mix. Thanks for sharing and great pictures. have a great weekend!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh do you have an extra spoon?

I hope you'll stop by and see my video for a French Macaroon video. There are bloopers. :)

I am also hosting a giveaway for a French Basketeer tote.

honeysuckle said...

I love a good trifle and also love strawberries. This is a winner!

Carol said...

Ohhh this looks soooo good and I just came from picking a bucket of strawberries!!! You know some will become a trifle for sure!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I haven't made trifle in so long. It truly is a beautiful dessert and so delicious.

susan said...

I think trifles are among the prettiest desserts and this one certainly is!

Lottie said...

Looks absolutely delicious!!!
Hugs,
Lottie

GardenofDaisies said...

I love trifle! And yours looks heavenly!!

Suz said...

I so appreciate your presentations!