I was asked to bring the dessert for the family’s 4th of July barbecue this year. I thought it would be fun to fix something red, white and blue. And what could be better than using ripe red strawberries, sweet blueberries and creamy custard? So I decided to make a berry trifle.
A trifle is an old English dessert. It’s traditionally made with sponge cake (usually dipped in sherry or some other wine), fruit, gelatin and whipped cream. I made this trifle without the alcohol, gelatin, or whipped cream, but it was still wiped out! Bashful decorated the top of the trifle with a berry flag which turned out really cute. It was the perfect dessert to take to the barbecue!
MIXED BERRY TRIFLE
- 1 package white cake mix (or bake your own from scratch)
- 1 can evaporated milk
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup butter
- fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half lengthwise
- fresh blueberries
- Bake cake according to package directions. You could use yellow cake mix if you don’t like white.
- Cool the cake completely, then cut it into 1-inch chunks.
- In a medium sauce pan, mix together the evaporated milk, sugar, flour, egg, egg yolk, and salt with a wire whisk.
- Cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until thick and smooth.
- Remove custard from heat and stir in butter until completely incorporated.
- Allow custard to cool, then assemble trifle by layering cake, fruit, and custard in a trifle bowl. End with custard layer on top.
- If desired, you could make a flag on top of the trifle with strawberries and blueberries as pictured.