Monday, June 28, 2010

So Berry Delicious

Two things inspired my post today for Smiling Sally’s Blue Monday. First, Fourth of July celebrations are right around the corner and second there is abundance of fresh, reasonably priced berries in grocery stores right now. Oh, and there’s that other one….I love dessert. But you knew that :)

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This dessert had its beginnings in a recipe posted by La Table De Nana for an easy-as-can-be lemon curd made in the microwave. You can find the recipe here. It truly could not be any easier or more delicious. You can have this ready in a matter of minutes. I fought the impulse to eat it with a spoon and made this red, white, and blue trifle instead.

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This is perfect for a busy holiday dessert. I used a “store-bought” pound cake. It can also be made up to a day in advance. The flavors mix and mingle to form the perfect blend! I made individual trifles in wine glasses, but you could make a large one in a trifle bowl for a crowd.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

Simple Syrup

Purchased pound cake

Blueberries

Strawberries, sweetened with a little sugar or sugar substitute

Heavy cream, whipped and sweetened

To make the simple syrup combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, and 1/4 cup water in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer one minute. Cover and chill.

To assemble the trifle cut the pound cake in cubes that suit your container. Drizzle with the simple syrup. Layer pound cake, lemon curd, strawberries, blueberries, and repeat. Top with whipped cream and garnish if desired. Cover and chill. How easy it that?

You can find more blue at Smiling Sally’s Blue Monday here. Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget to say hello!

27 comments:

  1. That is a wonderful dessert, Susan! It looks light and delicious and so colorful. Thank you for this recipe.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  2. What a WOW factor dessert! Impressive yet easy. And my family loves triffle. This is a keeper!
    Now off to see how t make microwave lemon curd!
    Yvonne

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  3. Oh my, that looks so yummy!
    I'm glad I don't gain weight just from looking at all the scrumptious food on blogs or I'de be in trouble!
    HAGD,
    Cindy

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  4. I love desserts, Susan, and this one is easy to make. It sounds perfect!

    Happy Blue Monday!

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  5. SOOOOO pretty! I love trifles and I love making them simply because they are so pretty. Unfortunately it's fattening otherwise I wld have them very very often.

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  6. I wish I was spending the 4th near you. Your family is in for a treat with all the great sweets. Nice job for Blue day.

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  7. My mother always makes a patriotic trifle in a trifle dish for the 4th. I will have to share this with her because the individual stemware is just so pretty!!

    Yep. A keeper.

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  8. Susan, About the salmon pinwheels~ I get them already made up at my grocers. The are salmon rolled around lobster mousse. Yummy!
    I bet you could get some on line!
    Have a blessed day!
    Yvonne

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  9. What a pretty dessert, and it sounds yummy! I love lemon curd.
    Have a great week - It is going to be another hot one.

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  10. Law-peazy, I think I could consume the whole bowl of lemon curd by itself. I love anything lemon.

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  11. The trifle looks delicious! I've made the microwave lemon curd, it's so easy and so good, you're right, it's so easy to just eat it all with a spoon!

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  12. This looks so delicious! Our berries are just coming in. Can't wait to get them on the dessert menu!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  13. This looks so inviting. Happy 4th!
    Joyce

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  14. Thanks for stopping by French-Kissed. So happy to meet you and discover this beautiful dessert that looks just perfect for the Fourth. Hope you have a wonderful 4th.

    ~jermaine~

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  15. This looks so pretty and looks so delicious too, Susan!...Christine

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  16. That is so beautiful for the fourth of July. I wonder what angel food cake would be like in place of pound cake.

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  17. Pretty and delicious at the same time!

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  18. Those parfaits look so yummy and perfect for the 4th of July. Hope you have a good one.

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  19. My own lemon curd take over 30 minuted to prepare so I am eager to try this! Thank you so much.

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  20. My mouth is watering...gonna copy and paste this to Word...yum!

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  21. Hi Susan,

    Your trifle looks delicious.
    I always like to make them in summer as they not only look great but taste great too.
    Nice idea adding the lemon curd, I add a custard to mine, so will have to remember this next time.

    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  22. That dessert looks so very yummy!! I love lemon curd and always keep a jar in the fridge. I will be trying your dessert this coming weekend. Thanks and Happy Blue Monday!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  23. This looks wonderful. The colors and the flavors grabbed my eye immediately. It is so nice to find a dish that is simple to prepare, yet looks like it took hours to make. I definitely have to give this a try. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  24. very inviting and friendly blue post.

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  25. What a great idea! I love how you've wrapped it all together. The basket and everything is great!
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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