Sunday, March 4, 2012

A trifle rich...

Here's a recipe for Strawberry Trifle, which I made for this week's neighborhood potluck (it was my turn to bring dessert) (I give the recipe below). It's an easy dessert to make, but get ready to dirty every mixing bowl in your kitchen.

Start with three packages of graham crackers, crushed.

Add 1/2 cup sugar...

...and 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, then stir it all together.

Take about two quarts of strawberries...

...and slice them (I use an egg slicer).

Add about 1/4 cup sugar, just enough to sweeten them a bit.

You'll need two packages each of cream cheese and instant vanilla pudding...

...and 16 ounces of sour cream.

You'll also need 16 ounces of whipping cream.

(By the way, I thought it was kinda neat the way the shadow of the Pyrex glassware reflected on the surface of the cream.)

Whip the cream and put it aside. Don't add any sugar or vanilla. By the way, don't you admire my astounding ability to trash the entire kitchen whenever I make something?

Soften the cream cheese in the microwave (or at room temperature for a couple hours) and beat it; then add the sour cream and beat it again.

Mix the two packages of pudding with one cup milk. The result will be so thick it's almost a big lump.

Add the pudding to the cream cheese/sour cream mixture, then beat. My it's thick!

Now take the pudding/cream cheese/sour cream mixture, and mix it with the whipped cream. See what I mean about using every mixing bowl in your kitchen?

The result is a thick delicious filling.

Now you should have three main ingredients: filling, graham cracker crumbs, and sliced strawberries. The recipe now calls for "trifle bowls" (as if I would own such exotic creations), so I just use large mixing bowls.

Now start layering the ingredients. My preference is first graham cracker crumbs, then filling, then fruit...

...then repeat with another layer of each.

Dirty mixing bowls fill the sink! Told ya!

Here's the actual recipe. If two bowls of trifle is too much, just halve it.

Strawberry Trifle
2 pkgs (16 oz.) cream cheese
2 cups sour cream

2 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup milk

2 cups whipping cream

3 pkgs graham crackers
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)

2 quarts strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup sugar

Whip the whipping cream until stiff (don't add any sugar or vanilla).

Beat the vanilla pudding mix with the milk. It will be very thick and heavy.

Soften, then whip, the cream cheese. Mix in the sour cream. To this, add the pudding mix; then mix it all together with the whipped cream. Put aside.

Crush the graham crackers into crumbs, then add the sugar and melted butter. Put aside.

Slice the strawberries, then mix in sugar. Put aside.

Layer the ingredients in a large mixing bowl or trifle dish. By the way, nothing prevents you from experimenting with different fruits. I've made blueberry trifle and I think peach trifle would be excellent. Have fun!


  1. LOL. It'll never happen in our kitchen, because we don't have enough bowls.

    Just give me a small slice of cheesecake made with the Real Thing right from the cow.

    I'd enjoy that right about now.

    Or - is that what this is?

  2. Yum - sounds deliciously wicked :-)

  3. I make something similar but use angel food cake broken into small pieces instead of graham cracker crumbs. I'll have to try your recipe next time.

  4. I gained 5 pounds just reading about it! Yum!

  5. I bought a pretty glass punch bowl and 20 matching cups and ladle at Salvation Army for $11.00. It doubles as a trifle bowl. Maybe you will find one soon!(We've had the trifle using lady fingers instead of graham crackers.)
    Thanks for wonderful recipe!
    --K in OK <><

  6. ...first graham crackers, not fist. Oopsy..
    --K in OK<><

  7. hey i make this too, it's delicious. it's also great with bananas and nilla wafers instead of graham crackers.

    leave it to you, patrice, to be able to make a beautiful picture out of a sink of dirty dishes!

  8. dont you just wish that this could be "canned"?..i do.

  9. Patrice,

    OMG, looks fabulous! The next time I'm in town, I must pickup strawberries and try the recipe. In my sub-conscious, I'm making this recipe a diet recipe, only because it has strawberries in it, lol. Not only does it look finger licking good, it will put some weight on me just from looking at it. I've gotta try it, thank you for sharing.


  10. Thanks for the great recipe and yummy looking pictures. I am going to have to try it. My daughter is always looking for treats in the fridge. This is one she could help me make.