A trifle usually has three sets of layers to it. First there's a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then put some whipped cream on top! Zapped, eh? Well, we couldn’t resist bringing up Rachel’s Trifle reference when the keyword is Trifle.
Let’s get cracking at making delicious Mixed Berry Shortcake Trifle. You know the drill, don’t forget to tag us in the pictures when you upload them on Instagram :)
The below recipe should take you about 60 minutes to prepare and will come for 8 servings.
Gather these ingredients before you start…
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cubed
- 6 ounces Aged Cheddar cheese, finely shredded (1 1/2 cups)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 pint strawberries, sliced
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur or orange juice
- 6 cups sweetened whipped cream
- Wooden skewers
Now, that you’ve got all your ingredients, let’s get right into the process…
For the Shortcake:
- Heat your oven to about 400°F.
- Combine the flour, 1/2 cup sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Then cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Toss in the cheddar into this mixture.
- Whisk cream and eggs in a bowl and then gradually add this to the flour mixture just until combined. Do not overmix.)
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 8 times. Pat the dough into a greased 15 x 10-inch baking pan and sprinkle it with remaining sugar.
- Bake for around 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in a pan or on a wire rack.
Coming to the Berries:
- Meanwhile, set aside 5 blueberries and 5 raspberries. Combine the remaining berries, sugar and orange liqueur in a large bowl. Let this stand for 30 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
Finally, the Trifle:
- Cut a 9 x 4-inch section from the end of the cake and set aside. Now, cut the remaining cake into 1-inch cubes.
- Place half of the cake cubes in a large trifle or glass serving bowl. Top with half of the whipped cream. Line the edge of the bowl with berries and fill in the middle with two-thirds berry mixture. Repeat these layers depending on the depth of the bowl you’ve chosen, starting with the cake of course.
- Cut the reserved cake with a 2-inch star cookie cutter. Thread stars and reserved berries on skewers and place in trifle.
And you’re done! Bon appetit...