Monday, October 29, 2012

Strawberry and Banana Trifle

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Another recipe, boy I have been baking and cooking a lot!  This is a recipe that I have had f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  It is wonderful that it is easily adaptable to the fruits that are in season, to different flavored cake mixes, puddings and jello that you might have on hand.

This dessert is light and airy.  Hardly filling which can be dangerous as sometimes I could eat the whole thing myself!  I was lucky to be gifted a trifle bowl by my sister-in-law so it makes it look extra special.  Perfect for a pot-luck, family gathering, holiday or like for us .... just Sunday dessert.

So let's get started!

Make two packages of instant pudding using the package directions.  Any flavor.  I happened to have banana cream on hand so that was the flavor today.  Let it set and cool in the refrigerator as directed.



Bake a cake in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Any flavor.  Since I was using fresh strawberries, I decided to try a strawberry boxed cake.  You can make a cake from scratch but I am working through my pantry, using items that are getting close to the expiry date.  I usually don't have boxed mixes on hand but when they are dropped to a deep discount of .49 cents a piece I can't refuse picking some up.

If using a boxed mix or from scratch, make and bake it as directed.  Let the cake cool and cut it into bite sized pieces.  


Grab some fresh fruit.  Bananas seem to be NEEDED in this recipe. Anything else can be used along with it but nanners seem to make trifle.  Clean and cut up the fruit.  


Once the pudding is set, the cake is cooled and cut and the fruit cleaned and sliced it is time to put it all together.   Grab your trifle bowl or whatever you are using but be warned .... you need a LARGE bowl.  My trifle bowl holds 20 cups!  


Start layering the cake and the fruit, in between drop large spoonfuls of pudding between all the cake and fruit.  Keep layering until you have used everything up.


When you have it about all layered using up all the cake, fruit and pudding, mix up a jello gelatin package according to the directions.  Instead of letting it cool, pour the mixture over the whole thing.  Yes, the gelatin will still be hot but it is okay.  


The gelatin is meant to soak into the cake. 




The final step is to layer the whole thing with a tub of cool whip spreading it with the back of a spoon.  I use the 'light' cool whip to reduce the calories.  LOL


Since I had some strawberries left over, I added them to the top for garnish.


Pure yumminess.  Store in the refrigerator ..... if it lasts that long.


An end of season delight.  Remember to give your loved ones a hug!


29 comments:

  1. Good Morning Debbie, I absolutely love trifle. I make trifle at Christmas time and do you know I'm the only one who likes it.....had to make smaller trifles as I was eating way too much. Have a lovely day. Best Wishes Daphne

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    1. Good morning Daphne....do you make it a similar way? I always love learning new ways to make trifle. :0)

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    2. Hello Debbie, Mine is similar, but different if that makes sense. Trifle in England is a very traditional desert. I am going to make one for Christmas and will show it on my blog. I hope you enjoy my version as much as I enjoyed yours. Best Wishes Daphne

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    3. Looking forward to reading about it Daphne. My Mom would love to read about it as well. Have a great day!

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  2. That looks so yummy and mouth-watering!

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  3. Oh YUMMY!! that looks really nice. Love the pink cake.

    Also wanted to thank you again for replaying so often on our vacation-blogs. Every evening we were looking forward to all the replays and you were always one of those who did.
    So, thanks!!
    Now I'm jetlag-free and Henk is back to work again I will replay more on yours again too.
    Hug, Bianca

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    1. Thanks Bianca and you are welcome. Glad you are jetlag free and that you are not there now with Hurricane Sandy hitting the coast!

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  4. Your trifle looks so yummy! I have made trifle only once, following a looooong recipe - you make it sound easy and uncomplicated, which I like :-)

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    1. Thanks Nina and I hope you give it a try. It is easy really and oh so yummy.

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  5. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your yummy trifle in our Crafty Showcase http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/12/01/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-9/ this week! We love seeing what you have been up to and visiting your blog.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Susie @Bowdabra

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    1. Thanks Susie and thanks for hosting the party!

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