The Best Dessert to TRIFLE with.
Who doesn't love a good summer dessert? With Memorial Day tomorrow, I thought I'd share this delicious dessert that you can dress up to be Red White and Blue or Summery and fun! This dessert is passed down from my Aunt to my daughter who is her pen-pal. They share desserts to try and my 8 year old loves it! However she has a dairy allergy so we have had to tweak it slightly. Lucky for you, both the dairy and NON dairy version are equally as amazing.
What do you need? 1- A Sponge Cake or 2 if you like more cake 2- 1 package of Vanilla Pudding (6oz) 3-1 Pint of Fruit (your choice on variety) 4-1 Tub of Cool Whip
(Alternatively for a dairy free option you will need 3-4 cans of coconut cream and sugar to sweeten) 5-Milk or Coconut milk for mixing your pudding.
-Start by making your pudding. You can make it like the package direction say. If you have a dairy allergy you can find dairy free mixes and use almond or coconut milk to mix it up. In this case we will be using coconut cream, so a coconut milk may add a synchronized taste. -Cut up your fruit. You can use any fruit options. Tropical, berries, strawberry banana... you name it. For Flag holidays I like to use Strawberries and Blue Berries for the "red and blue" display on a table.
-If you are using coconut cream, you will want to have refrigerated them the night. Open your cans and carefully scoop out the cream fat from the top, avoiding the liquid underneath. Put it in a bowl or stand mixer, add sugar to taste and beat until peaks form and it's light and fluffy. put in the fridge to keep until you are ready to build the dessert. -Cut up your sponge cake into cubes. You do this last to preserve the sponge and not let it dry out.
Next thing we need to do is get a serving dish. It's best to put in a LARGE, TALL, GLASS serving bowl to display, but any container large enough will do. First thing you do is LAYER your cream or whip. Next layer is a sponge cake, then layer pudding on top. Last Layer is fruit. Then you repeat this 3 times. so you should end up with 12 layers all together. again from bottom up it goes Cream/Whip, Sponge cake, pudding, fruit. 3 times. See why you need a large bowl and how a Glass one would be really cool? This will serve 8 and you can store it covered in the refrigerator before serving and for 3-4 days after. It is best served within an hour of making. it will most likely be gone before you have any to save.
There you have it! A delicious dessert with a variety of options and even Dairy Free Version! There are even holiday versions with gingerbread and candy treats. Why? Because, Mama, YOU are worth it! Together we will rise above and get you the perfect dessert for any gathering, and any season. Hang in there mama!
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