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Summer Berry Trifle

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Summer Berry Trifle

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This berry trifle is perfect for a summer party — it’s refreshing, gorgeous, and make-ahead.

Berry Trifle

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

Berry trifles make wonderful (and patriotic) summer party desserts. Not only are they gorgeous, they feed a crowd and are made in advance. The only drawback is that, with all their layers, they can be time-consuming to make from scratch. I save time by using store-bought Savoiardi biscuits (a.k.a. crisp ladyfingers), cream cheese, and raspberry jam. The result is a dazzling, delicious berry trifle that can be made in 30 minutes. Use a deep, clear glass bowl or a footed glass trifle dish so the pretty layers can be seen. And don’t worry if the layers look slightly uneven or if the layers mix a bit — that’s the beauty of a trifle. You can also make the trifle in small glasses as individual parfaits.

What You’ll Need For Summer Berry Trifle

berry trifle ingredients

STEP-By-Step Instructions

To begin, warm the raspberry jam in the microwave.

Warm Raspberry JamToss it with the berries and let it sit while you prepare the rest of the trifle.

Berries tossed with Jam

Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, then set aside.

beating heavy cream

In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and Confectioners’ sugar.

cream cheese and sugar

Beat until smooth and creamy, then beat in the vanilla.

adding vanilla

Add a third of the whipped cream.

adding some of the whipped creamBeat until smooth and then add the remaining cream.

adding the remaining creamFold with a rubber spatula until evenly combined.

combined cream mixture

To assemble, begin by layering the lady fingers in the bottom of the dish. Top with a third of the berry mixture, followed by a third of the cream. Continue alternating the lady fingers, berries, and cream.

assembling the trifle 2End with the cream cheese mixture on top; for the last layer of cream, leave a 1-inch border around the edge showing the fruit beneath. Sprinkle some berries and a fresh mint on top.

finished berry trifle ready to chillLet the trifle chill for at least 8 hours, then top with some fresh berries and a spring of fresh mint, if desired.

Berry Trifle

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

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Summer Berry Trifle

This berry trifle is perfect for a summer party — it’s refreshing, gorgeous, and make-ahead.

Servings: 8-10
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes, plus at least 8 hours to chill

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (8 oz) seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 quart (1½ pounds) strawberries, hulled and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 pint (12 oz) raspberries
  • 1 pint (12 oz) blueberries
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 16 ounces cream cheese (preferably Philadelphia brand), at room temperature
  • 1¾ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (7 oz) package crisp lady fingers (also called savoiardi biscuits)
  • Fresh mint spring, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Set aside a few berries for topping the trifle.
  2. Heat the raspberry jam in a large bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute, or until hot and liquidy. Add the fresh berries and toss to coat. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the recipe, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. In another large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with the powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla, then beat in a third of the whipped cream. Using a large rubber spatula, fold in the rest of the whipped cream until well combined.
  5. Cover the bottom of a 9-inch (14-cup capacity) trifle dish or glass bowl with a layer of lady fingers (break into pieces as necessary). Follow with ⅓ of the berry-jam mixture (including ⅓ of the juices), then ⅓ of the cream. Alternate, ending with the cream cheese mixture on top; for the last layer of cream, leave a 1-inch border around the edge showing the fruit beneath. Garnish with the reserved whole berries and a fresh mint spring if using. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight, before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Calories: 554
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 65g
  • Sugar: 41g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Sodium: 197mg
  • Cholesterol: 143mg

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Comments

  • Hi Jen,
    I’m planning on making this for the holiday weekend but wanted to get your thoughts first. I’ve made an amaretto cheesecake with fresh berries in the past and thought a little Ameretto in the cream cheese portion might be a good addition. I don’t want it to overpower it but enhance it. Any thoughts are much appreciated! 💕

    • — Candice Hill on September 3, 2022
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    • Hi Candice, I think I’m weighing too late to help (sorry!) but I think a modest amount of amaretto in the cream cheese mixture would work. If you did try it — I’d love to hear how it came out!

      • — Jenn on September 6, 2022
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      • Thank you Jen. I actually made it accordingly to your instructions and it was loved by all. Definitely a favorite ode to summer dessert!
        Thanks for all you do 💞

        • — Candice Hill on September 6, 2022
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        • Glad it came out nicely — thanks for taking the time to let me know! 🙂

          • — Jenn on September 7, 2022
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  • I was afraid with the jam it would be too sweet so I just sprinkled a 1/4-1/2 of a cup of sugar over the fruit and tossed it around. Let it sit with cling wrap over it for a while and proceeded with the rest of the recipe. Turned out plenty sweet but not overwhelming.
    So good and easy!

    • — Dani on August 16, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,

    this recipe sounds amazing. I’m thinking about prepping it ahead for fall/winter now that all the fruit is in season. Have you ever tried freezing the trifle for longer periods? If so, what’s your recommendation in terms of how long it will keep?

    Thanks ahead & all the best
    Sarah

    • — Sarah on August 10, 2022
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    • Hi Sarah, I’ve never frozen this and based on the amount of dairy it contains, I don’t think it’s a great candidate for freezing — sorry!

      • — Jenn on August 10, 2022
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  • Jenn, yours is the website I always turn to for recipes. Yours are superior! I have a tough question. We are invited to a party at a summer cottage with limited (probably no) refrigerator space. The gathering is on a Saturday, and I would make the trifle on Friday. I would remove it from the fridge around noon on Saturday and take it in a cooler. My question is can it remain in the cooler until 7:00 that evening? I have good freezer packs, but am afraid the trifle might break down over that length of time. Thank you. Maria

    • — Maria Spooner on August 7, 2022
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    • Hi Maria, As long as you have plenty of good freezer packs, I think it will be fine. 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 7, 2022
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