Happy 4th of July! Are you guys (in the US) doing anything fun to celebrate the holiday? I’ve always loved 4th of July because of the fireworks and if you didn’t know fireworks are one of my favorite things ever. Growing up, I was hardly ever home for the 4th of July. My mom had a store and would close for the week of the 4th so my family would always go away on vacation during that week. It was rare that I was home for the holiday, but when I was I loved seeing my town’s fireworks which are pretty spectacular for a town fireworks display. So much so that people I’ve met over the years who aren’t from my hometown have actually told me that they would come to my town for the fireworks display every year. Even though my mom sold her store years ago, I guess we’ve made it a habit of going away during the 4th. Last year I was in Cape Cod. This year, though, I am at home because my family vacation isn’t until August. I’m going to two places I’ve never been to before and will be taking you along with me! Get ready for lots of travel posts next month! Hint: It’s an international trip and 2 different countries!
But on to today’s holiday. My family is having just a small bbq with my cousin and her kids who are in town for the summer. A low-key affair which is fine with me since things have been so hectic lately. Although today’s bbq is low-key, over the weekend my family had a bigger bbq and since we were so close to the holiday I made a mixed berry trifle for dessert with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries – red, white, & blue!
So whenever I think of trifles, I think of that Friend‘s episode where Rachel tries to make a trifle and accidentally made half a trifle, half a shepherd’s pie. Seriously, the entire time I was making this trifle I was saying “then a layer of beef sautéed with peas and onions”!
For this mixed berry trifle, I found this recipe on Pinterest because it seemed easy enough to do, looked delicious, and the reviews were great. I followed the recipe and didn’t change anything so you can click on the link above for the exact recipe!
First, I washed and prepped all the berries. I set some aside to place on top when serving. I warmed up raspberry jam in the microwave to make it more liquidy and mixed the berries with the jam. While the fruit sat in the jam I started making the whipping cream. Then, I started layering! Starting with a layer of ladyfingers, I layered ladyfingers, fruit, and cream until there there 3 layers. I ended with cream on top and put the trifle dish in the refrigerator. The recipe says it’s best to let it chill for at least 8 hours. I made the berry trifle in the morning to be served for dessert. In total it was in the fridge for about 9-10 hours.
The trifle was delicious and not too sweet, which was perfect! Everyone loved it and they all thought it looked so professional. Let’s be real though the trifle dish helps make anything look fancy! I wish I had time to make the fruit on top prettier, but I was in a rush to plop them on top because people were rushing me! I’m sure some of you can relate to things being chaotic during large gatherings and/or family functions. One moment you’re just chatting and the next people are telling you it’s time for dessert because so and so wants to leave so you rush to get everything out. So yeah, the fruit on top not looking the best it could would be the only thing I would change about this!
Have a happy and safe 4th of July if you’re celebrating!