Channeling Rachel Green

Happy 4th of July!

I made a trifle today for our 4th of July festivities. Not the one with beef sauteed with peas and onions, but an actual, real life layered dessert. I'm a teensy bit proud. Plus it was so easy (and a lil' bit fun) that I thought "The world needs to know about this." And by world, I mean my four friends who read this blog.
Mmmmm. Doesn't it look delic?

I got the recipe from one of the "Moms" from my last kindergarten class.
1 Angel Food cake
4 cups berries
6 oz instant vanilla pudding, made and ready to eat
12 oz cool whip
1 cup sliced almonds

Place 1/2 of each ingredient (in order listed) in a trifle dish in layers. Repeat in same order. Chill and serve. It's so easy, she has her 6 and 8 year olds help her make it. I was gonna have Chuck help, but he's just not ready.

But because I'm a middle child and I don't follow directions too well, here's exactly how I made mine.
Pull apart the Angel Food cake into bite-sized chunks. I bought an Angel Food loaf because it was half the price and exactly the right size. I'm cheap like that. Don't spread that around.

You may have noticed I have a funny looking trifle dish. See, the thing is, I don't actually own a trifle dish and my inner miser said, "Don't buy one. You aren't old enough or mature enough." So, I turned my cake stand top upside down and set it in a bowl. Cheap. Really cheap. And full of class. Mostly lower. Call the etiquette police if you want, but it's a holiday and I'm sure they aren't open.

Layer on half the berries -- about a pint.

Cover with half the vanilla pudding. You could use banana cream or lemon, but I'm boring and stiff, and I like vanilla.

A layer of whipped topping comes next. The original recipe calls for Cool Whip. I would have used Cool Whip, except for my good sport Mother is coming over tonight and there is one thing she won't eat. Cool Whip. My Miracle Whip is her Cool Whip. I feel that. So I made my own whipping cream and I know Martha would be proud. But I'm sure the homemade trifle dish would negate all Martha pride.

Sprinkle on almonds. I used about 3/4 of a cup of the almonds for a good crunch and a minimalist approach for the top layer. Aren't I fancy?

And....repeat.

Chill for 30 minutes or overnight.
Love that fridge shot, huh? You know you loved Cribs.

1 comment:

  1. So I am thinking that you and I like the same kinds of desserts because seriously. I could do this one. EASY!!!! I think that the rainbow cakes looks too hard for me. and way too many dishes. but i still would like to do it someday. oh yeah, and i love the chuck hose hat. nice work.

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