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My submission for this event is my trifle. It takes about 30-45 minutes and it always gets rave reviews from everyone who eats it. Be careful though, this trifle has a nagging voice that call to you from the fridge if not consumed in its entirety by you and your guests/family. It's light and not overly sweet (unless you don't like sugar at all, in which case, I can't help you).
I usually make a double recipe - because my trifle bowl is quite large:
(I have used trifle in place of cake for birthdays too - no one ever complained)
The pictures below are from a single recipe.
1 box of vanilla pudding (I use low fat for the puddings)
1 box of chocolate pudding
4 cups of milk (required for the pudding)
1-2 boxes of large lady fingers
dark/flavoured rum (about 1/3 cup)
whipping cream (I use nutriwhip)
your choice of fruit.
Prepare the puddings separately (directions provided on box). Or, if you're really keen you can make your pudding fresh (like this one). Blend the cream until it makes good-sized peaks. Wash and cut your desired fruit (I like using berries, but it depends on the season).
Then start assembling your trifle.
Begin with using a pastry brush to lightly coat the lady fingers with rum.
I don't like the taste of rum or most alcohols in my dessert. You won't really taste the rum in this recipe, it just helps to soften the lady fingers.
Then start layering the puddings and whipping cream. I went with first vanilla (so that the chocolate would be between the vanilla and cream).
Add berries throughout the layers. The more, the better.
Next is the chocolate
Then the cream
and more berries
Then repeat the process. I like to finish the trifle with a layer of lady fingers, whipping cream and then a design of berries.
Note: I always try to make the recipe one day in advance to give the ladyfingers time to soak up the liquid from the puddings and whipped cream.
Look familiar? This is the recipe that I got the icon for the Tried, Tested and True event from.