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Trifle? [split from Trifle on the LA board]

ipsedixit Feb 3, 2007 09:52 PM

Can someone explain to me the virtues of trifle?

I don't think I really get this dessert ... or maybe I've just never had a good one ...

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    rockycat Feb 4, 2007 05:31 AM

    It could certainly fall under the nursery food/comfort food rubric. It can be a great way to make use of a cake that otherwise tastes good but unmolded terribly. It's one of my favorite Passover desserts since you can take a bland spongecake and brighten it up with lemon curd and delicious in-season local strawberries (at least here in the South).

    You can be as creative as you like. Use any cake, any filling, any fruits or no fruits. Just use quality ingredients (read: no Jello pudding fillings) that go well together.

    Or it could be that you just don't like trifle.

    1. JMF Feb 4, 2007 09:14 AM

      What's not to get? It's cake soaked in booze, whipped cream, jello, custard, and fruit. Some of the best dessert items you can have, all layered together.

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        LT from LF Feb 5, 2007 10:32 AM

        I'm with you...except for the jello. Can't imagine wanting to put jello in a trifle. I sometimes spread the cake slices with a little jam before adding the booze. People FIGHT over my trifle.

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          JMF Feb 5, 2007 02:33 PM

          By jello I don't jello brand but that English brand that's real tasty. It comes in a rubbery thick sheetlike form, not a powder. It makes some pretty good gelatin, a bit firmer and more fruitlike than jello brand or powdered types.

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            piccola Mar 11, 2007 05:51 PM

            I've never had trifle with jello in it, any brand or kind. But I think I like it better that way.

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          MsMel608 Feb 25, 2007 10:01 AM

          JMF,
          I have been looking for a trifle recipe that my Aunt mistakenly called a dump cake. Do you have a recipe?
          I remember the dessert as being delightful,tasty and refreshingly light. As best as I can remember, it contained sponge cake, red jello, vanilla pudding, fresh strawberries, and possibly galliano.

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            JMF Feb 25, 2007 02:55 PM

            All the dump cake recipes I have heard of are a weird but tasty mix of yellow cake mix, canned or dried fruit, nuts, butter, etc. all mixed together and baked.

            What your Aunt served sounds like an American version of a trifle, sometimes called the American-English trifle. (As opposed to the American or All American trifle which has raspberries or strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream so that it is red, white, and blue.)

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              MsMel608 Mar 8, 2007 12:20 PM

              Thanks JMF and everyone else for your input.
              I disagree that jello messes up this dessert. When I had it, I had never had trifle before. I've had 3 different kinds since that time and I enjoyed all of them.
              But there was something about this one... the different textures... the coolness of the jello... some of the cake was wet and some was dry... the smoothness of the pudding... the different tastes of the vaniilla, strawberry, and aromatic taste and smell of the liquor. The experience was delightful. I'm not usually a dessert eater after a holiday dinner. This was light and kind of mellowed the palate. So I'm still looking for a specific recipe.

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            realslowfood Feb 5, 2007 10:37 AM

            Trifle is delicious! Tiramisu is a trifle. Use a sponge cake, brush it with sherry (very british) or make a simple simple and add grand marnier, layer with a luscious creme anglaise, fresh fruit and top off with vanilla specked sweetened whipped cream and toasted sliced almonds. You must have had one with jello - not good.

            1. MaggieMuffin Feb 5, 2007 02:53 PM

              Trifle was true elegance and indulgence in my family. My mother always made a trifle out of bakeapples (aka cloudberries) with custard, sponge cake, liqueur, and whipped cream. It is one of the few based desserts that I will always crave. I think it is a AngloSaxon thing...

              1. Kajikit Feb 5, 2007 03:15 PM

                Gooshy gooey cake and custard and fruit... what's not to like? Just keep the bananas far away from it (they're too strong) and whatever you do, do NOT ruin it with pudding, mixed or otherwise. It's got to have real custard...

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                  rubyrocket Mar 11, 2007 02:17 PM

                  My suggestion for an even yummier trifle of any kind, use a white chocolate whipped cream. Bring to a boil 3 cups of heavy cream, pour over 1 pound of chopped white chocolate, and stir until smooth. Chill very well, add a couple drops of vanilla extract, then whip as you would cream, and trust me, this will make any trifle that much better

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                    rednails Mar 11, 2007 09:23 PM

                    I make a killer trifle, not exactly traditional. I make a chocolate chip poundcake, chocolate mousse, and layer it all with fresh sliced strawberries and fresh whipped cream. The last time I made it, people were licking their plates...

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