Looking for something special for your Father’s Day dessert? Try these Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifles.
In case you are wondering exactly what a Trifle is well it’s a British dessert that’s made with layers of sponge cake, custard, fruit, and cream. In other words it’s very similar to a parfait meaning that it’s layers of cake, fruit, and cream.
Trifles can be single serve like your parfaits or they can be done in a large trifle bowl. Either way they look elegant and of course are delicious. They really impress your friends and family!
I prefer individual trifles specially you’ve your serving it to company. Packaged in clear individual cups, by the way you can use clear plastic cups for large dinner parties, they look very impressive.
Although it looks impressive they are pretty simple to make. Seriously you can use store bought cake, berries, and whipped cream! But I prefer to use my homemade Madelienes, homemade Mascarpone Cream (recipe below), Riesling Marinated Strawberries, topped with whipped cream (homemade or store bought). All my ingredients, except homemade whipped cream, can be made in advance so all you have to do just before serving is to put everything together.
My Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifles are a family favorite. It’s also a go to when we have dinner guests over, everyone loves them! But before you can put them together gather your ingredients and put it all together just before serving, you don’t want the cake part too soggy.
Lady Fingers, Madelienes (Click here for my recipe), Sponge Cake, or Pound Cake – you can use any of these cakes; store bought or home made.
Mascarpone Cream (recipe below)
Riesling Marinated Strawberries (Click here for my recipe)
Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)
Fresh Mint Leaf for garnish if you want
Cut Lady Fingers or Madelienes in halves width wise or if using cakes cut them into cubes.
Place 2-3 pieces of the cake you are using into a wine glass or clear plastic tumbler.
Place a Tablespoon of Mascarpone Cream on top of the cake.
Spoon about a Tablespoon of Marinated Strawberries over the cream, make sure you spoon enough of the liquid so that it gets to the cake at the bottom.
Repeat with another each layer of cake, Mascarpone Cream, and Marinated Strawberries.
Top with whipped cream, place one or two slices of Marinated strawberries or a slice of Lady Finger or Madeliene on top of whipped cream.
Drizzle with some of the liquid from the strawberry marinade. Add a mint leaf if desired for garnish.
1/2 Cup Mascarpone Chease
1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 Cup Sugar
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Whip until soft peaks form.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifle
The first time I tasted this old-fashioned apple crisp, I couldn’t believe it was made on the grill. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, the warm heartwarming dessert will earn you rave reviews.
Perfect for camping or tailgating, a grilled apple crisp in a foil pack is a deliciously simple and portable version of the classic. I want to love camping. I really do. I love the idea of settling in around a blazing fire, toasting a couple of marshmallows on the perfect stick until gooey and charred. Coffee in a metal pot. Fried eggs in a cast iron skillet nestled into the coals. Sounds perfect!
That is until the reality of it all kicks in. The hot suffocating tent in the morning. Showers and toilets (or the lack thereof). And don’t even get me started on wildlife, specially things that are creepy crawly.
This Grilled Apple Crisp recipe is great for camping aficionados and non capers. And with the fall rolling around, it would also make a great sweet alternative for your tailgate. If you’re a little more adventurous than me, mix up the oat topping in advance, grab a few apples and some foil and pack it for your next excursion. But trust me, this homey dessert tastes just as good sitting comfortably at my kitchen table. Or if I’m feeling particularly outdoorsy, my picnic table. Enjoy!
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Here’s a recipe for Grilled Apple Crisp
10 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (about 8 medium)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
Vanilla ice cream, optional
1. Place the apple slices on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 24×12 in.). In a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
2. Fold foil around apple mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until apples are tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.
1 cup: 381 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (58g sugars, 6g fiber), 3g protein.