Best Summer Berry Trifle

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berry trifle

Berry trifles are wonderful summer desserts — they’re simple, gorgeous and you can make them ahead of time. Here’s the key to making them taste as good as they look: don’t use imitation whipped cream, instant pudding or store bought cake! No need to make everything from scratch either. After many trials, I discovered three cheats for making a delicious and easy trifle: (1) store bought lady fingers are just as good (in fact, better) than homemade cake, (2) an easy cream cheese-whipped cream filling makes an excellent substitute for homemade pudding, and (3) tossing the berries with a good quality raspberry jam enhances the fruit flavor and creates a delicious syrup that melds the trifle together. This one is perfect for the 4th!

ingredients

To begin, warm the raspberry jam in the microwave. Toss it with the berries and let it sit while you prepare the rest of the trifle.

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

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

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Add the vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy.

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Beat in a third of the whipped cream, then add the rest to the bowl and fold in with a large rubber spatula.

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To assemble the trifle, begin by layering the lady fingers in the bottom of the trifle dish.

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Top with a third of the berry mixture.

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Followed by a third of the cream.

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Continue alternating until all of the ingredients are used up, ending with the cream.

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Let the trifle chill for at least 8 hours, then top with some fresh berries and a spring of fresh mint, if desired.

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Summer Berry Trifle

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

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (8 oz) seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 quart (1-1/2 pounds) strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 pint (12 oz) raspberries
  • 1 pint (12 oz) blueberries
  • 16 ounces cream cheese (preferably Philadelphia brand), at room temperature
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 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 1/3 of the berry-jam mixture (including 1/3 of the juices), then 1/3 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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Reviews & Comments

  • Hi Jenn, I am planning to make this for my brother’s 40th birthday on Boxing Day, do you think I could make this two days in advance and keep chilled? Looking forward to serving your Peruvian chicken & black bean salad for Xmas dinner!

    • — Melissa on December 12, 2018
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    • That’s fine, Melissa – it keeps well for several days (and happy early 40th to your brother)!

      • — Jenn on December 13, 2018
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      • Thank you Jenn, and I will pass on your birthday wishes too! It’s so nice how you take the time to reply your readers, I wanted to let you know that it really helps with planning for the busy Xmas season. Merry Xmas to you and your family!

        • — Melissa on December 13, 2018
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        • Happy to help! Merry Christmas to you and yours! xo

          • — Jenn on December 13, 2018
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  • OMG, this is beyond delicious. I did a half recipe dummy run for Christmas next month. Being a non cook, I made the mistake of putting the fruit straight from the fridge into the hot liquid jam. Of course it didn’t stay liquidy and that worried me a bit. What a wasted worry, the lady fingers still softened. The trifle was in the fridge 24 hrs. It was truly delicious. Of couse I gave credit to you, Jenn, and the recipe to our Australian visitors. Thank you so very much.

    • — Susan on November 27, 2018
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  • Instead of blueberries try blackberries to make it a Xmas trifle. It was so good that a midnight fridge raider finished it off 🤣

    • — Marisa on November 21, 2018
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  • Absolutely delicious. Made this for some potluck bbqs over the summer and everyone loved them.

    • — Fotini on October 4, 2018
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  • Jenn, I would live to try this for our NZ summer Christmas. I have found the correct brand of biscuit but since I have no idea what lady fingers are, will biscotti work or do I keep looking? Many thanks, Susan

    • — Susan on September 25, 2018
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    • Hi Susan, I think the texture of biscotti will be too hard for this. If you can’t find the ladyfingers, it’s fine to use cut up pound cake. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 25, 2018
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  • Hi Jen, lovvvve all your recipes which I pretty much make daily and I have your cookbook . I have made this trifle and we all love it. I have a question. My sister in law has gluten and dairy allergies. Any suggestions on how to make this gluten and dairy free?

    • — Vicky on September 18, 2018
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    • So glad you like the recipes, Vicky! You could make a gluten-free cake to use instead of the ladyfingers in the trifle. Also, I saw that there is a brand of gluten-free ladyfingers that may work. The dairy-free element is more challenging as I’m not sure how dairy-free options would translate here. You could try looking for dairy-free cream cheese and a dairy-free whipped cream, just not certain how it will turn out as I haven’t tried it this way. Please LMK what you think if you try it!

      • — Jenn on September 19, 2018
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  • This turned out excellent! My grocery store didn’t have the hard variety of lady fingers, just the soft ones in the bakery section, so I just placed them on a baking sheet in the oven at the lowest setting (170 degrees for mine) until they dried out. Mine was refrigerated for more then 8 hours and the texture was fine – not too mushy. I also used black raspberry seedless jam in place of plain raspberry jam and it was a fine substitution. The remaining ingredients and amounts I kept exactly as written and everyone loved it. I will definitely make this my go-to summer dessert. Thank you 🙂

    • — Tarrah on September 3, 2018
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  • I’ve made this several times and it always gets rave reviews! I brought it to a BBQ yesterday hoping to have leftovers, but it was the only dish completely gone. Several people asked for the recipe. I’ve made many recipes from the website and cookbook that have all been hits, several friends and family members use this site now too! Thank you so much!!

    • — Garland Picard on September 2, 2018
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  • I see you say it should be refrigerated for 8 hours. Can it be refrigerated for up to 12 hours? Also if I use pound cake instead does it need to be refrigerated as long?

    • — Gayle on August 22, 2018
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    • Sure, Gayle, it’s fine to refrigerate it for 12 hours. And, if you use pound cake, you could abbreviate the chilling time a bit, but I’d encourage you not to do much less than 8 hours. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 23, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn – discovered your website just a few months ago and it is already my :go-to” – have tried at least a dozen recipes (this will be the 3rd I’ve made since yesterday!) – everything is wonderful and delicious. Question on the trifle, specifically the sugar content: I’ve made this once already, and it did come out looking and tasting delicious, but I we found the cream cheese “frosting” too sweet. I had thought that might be the case, but was afraid to substitute or reduce the confectioner’s sugar in case the consistency of the mixture would be affected. Now that I would like to make it again, but not so sweet, I wanted to see if you have any advice: can I eliminate the confectioner’s sugar entirely, reduce my half or even more, swap out with greek yogurt for a tarter taste? Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes…hope to purchase the cookbook soon! Already made & on the menu for tonight: Watermelon Gazpacho & Bulger salad with dill & cucumbers. yum!

    • — Kim on August 20, 2018
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    • Hi Kim, So happy you’re enjoying the recipes! I think you could reduce the confectioners’ sugar by half w/o any issues – and that would reduce the sweetness significantly. Hope that helps. 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 20, 2018
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  • Can this be make one day ahead?

    • — Gloria on August 12, 2018
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    • Sure, Gloria.

      • — Jenn on August 12, 2018
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  • Can I use marscpone instead of cream cheese?

    • — Rosanne on August 5, 2018
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    • Sure, Rosanne — that should work.

      • — Jenn on August 5, 2018
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  • This recipe is phenomenal! Its the best summer dessert that ever was :-). I used only strawberries and blueberries and strawberry jam instead of raspberry jam. I also used maybe a 1/2 cup of jam because I ran out. It tasted amazing and it looked amazing. Thanks for another amazing recipe!

    • — Carrie on July 31, 2018
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  • Delicious trifle recipe — my friends loved it! The combination of the cream cheese & whipped cream for the third layer made the trifle extra special.

    • — Pam on July 13, 2018
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  • I had never made nor tried trifle ever before making this and although i had my reservations I must admit it has converted me to a Trifle lover! This recipe is awesome and definitely proved to create a perfect outcome. the only tweak i did was add strawberry jelly in addition to the jam and it was truly sensational. I highly recommend this recipe!

    • — Amy on July 7, 2018
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  • I made this for the 4th of July. It was a big hit, looked just like the picture except for little flags all around. It was the perfect dessert.

    • — Carol on July 6, 2018
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  • I followed the recipe exactly and was very impressed. Great 4th of July choice! All my friends said this was the best trifle they had ever had. Thanks so much, I will be using this again!

    • — Maddy on July 5, 2018
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  • Hi Jen!

    I’ve made your Summer Berry Trifle for the last 2 July 4ths, and this past Memorial Day. It’s wonderful and always a hit. Thanks for the recipe. Its perfect for a summer dessert and patriotic holiday!!

    • — Sheri McCauley on July 4, 2018
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  • Absolutely wonderful, and quite simple to make. My first, but not last recipe of yours I tried.

    • — Judy on July 4, 2018
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  • Gluten free alternatives to ladyfingers?

    • — Tara on July 4, 2018
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    • You could make a gluten-free cake to use instead of the ladyfingers. Also, I saw that there is a brand of gluten-free ladyfingers that may work. Please let me know how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on July 5, 2018
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  • I make my beloved, traditional English trifle every Christmas, but wanted something lighter for a July 4th family party. This recipe was just the ticket! I am not a huge fan of cream cheese so was a little skeptical at first, but it was so light in combination with the whipped cream! The crispier lady fingers were just the right texture, too. I had a little leftover fruit and used it to make Jenn’s Raspberry Lemonade – delicious and so pretty on our outdoor table!

    • — Mary Nelson on July 3, 2018
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    • Glad you enjoyed it, Mary! Would love your beloved English trifle recipe if you’d like to share. 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 4, 2018
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      • Sure, Jenn, happy to share it. I’ll email it to you.

        • — Mary Nelson on July 5, 2018
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  • Stella D’oro brand Margherite cookies and Roman Egg Biscuit cookies are all I could find for the “lady fingers”. Which would be more suitable?

    • — Nicole on July 3, 2018
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    • Hi Nicole, I’d go with the Margherite cookies. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on July 4, 2018
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  • I followed this recipe exactly as written and it was amazing! My trifle dish was only 12 cups so I added the cream on the top just before serving. I was hoping for leftovers, but it went quick!

    • — Karen on July 3, 2018
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  • Can you use a ten cup trifle? (All I have on hand)
    Thanks!
    Allison

    • — Allison on July 2, 2018
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    • Sure, Allison, but you’ll have some ingredients leftover. You can make some mini trifles in wine glasses, if you like.

      • — Jenn on July 2, 2018
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  • So yummy

    • — Shagy on July 1, 2018
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  • Hi Jen,
    I’m a huge fan of your recipes and purchased your cookbook. I’ve made this trifle before with fabulous results, but this time I wasn’t able to find the hard lady biscuits. Can I use the soft lady fingers instead ? Thank you!

    • — Monica R. on July 1, 2018
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    • Hi Monica, If you’re no longer able to find the crunchy lady fingers, instead of the soft ones, I’d go with cut up pound cake. It will still be good!

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2018
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  • lady fingers do we soak them or jus put the original hard form and can we use cake i stead and do we also soak it

    • — ruth on June 28, 2018
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    • Hi Ruth, No need to soak the lady fingers – they’ll soften from the juicy berries and cream. I much prefer lady fingers to cake, but cake will work, too (and no need to soak it).

      • — Jenn on June 29, 2018
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  • Hi,
    If refrigeration is less than 8hrs may be closer to only 2hrs, should there be any adjustments? Or does this truly need 8hrs?

    • — Tracey Roderick on June 19, 2018
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    • Sorry, Tracey – this really needs to be refrigerated for the full 8 hours. If not, the cookies will still be hard.

      • — Jenn on June 22, 2018
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  • This was refreshing and delicious! Everyone wanted seconds, and I was asked to send the recipe out. Perfect for a summer cookout or party (or anytime, really)!

    • — Karen on June 14, 2018
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  • I would like to substitute chunks of angel food cake instead of lady fingers. Should I adjust any of the other ingredients in order to get the same taste?

    • — Sandi on June 2, 2018
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    • Hi Sandi, Angel food cake should work here with no adjustments necessary. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 2, 2018
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  • Absolutely delicious! I wouldn’t change a thing, people were asking for seconds!

    • — Judy McCartney on May 30, 2018
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  • Made this. Omg so so good. Definitely making again in the future!!

    • — Jen on May 21, 2018
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  • Made this for a dinner party last night, it is wonderful. It is also helpful to be able to make it ahead of time. One less thing on the to do list. The raspberry jam adds a great component. I love all of your recipes but I am adding this one to my favorites list. Thanks, Jennifer.

    • — Cindy on April 21, 2018
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  • could I use frozen berries and leave out the warmed jam?

    • — Joan on March 30, 2018
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    • Hi Joan, this recipe really does need fresh berries and I would suggest using the jam (it enhances the fruit flavor and creates a delicious syrup that melds the trifle together).

      • — Jenn on March 30, 2018
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  • Fabulous recipe! Used a white cake mix instead, still worked great.

    • — Lindy on March 20, 2018
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  • Delicious, beautiful and easy. Guaranteed to be loved by everyone.

    • — Helen Oetjen on January 8, 2018
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  • I love this trifle! I have made it with lady fingers and it’s also great with angel food cake cut in bite size pieces!

    • — Marcia S. on November 30, 2017
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  • Stunning and delicious! What more could anyone want?

    • — Jan Hull Rush on November 30, 2017
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  • Jenn, this is truly the BEST trifle I ever made. It was the star of my dinner party. Everyone gobbled it up. I only made one small change: I dipped the ladyfingers in Amaretto liqueur. Thanks again for another great recipe!

    • — Tara on October 8, 2017
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  • The best! I tried another trifle that had a very similar recipe, and it was nowhere as tasty. It was just too sweet and smushy.
    This one is a keeper! As far as summer desserts go, this is one of the best. First, it looks gorgeous and festive. Second, it’s delicious (so it delivers on expectations after looking so good). Third, you can prep in advance, which frees you up to cook/do other things before company arrives. THANK YOU, JENN!

    • — Patricia on October 6, 2017
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  • Can I use plain Greek yogurt in place of thick cream (whipping cream)? Has anyone tried this?

    • I think you could get away with it, Chris – you may need more sugar though to balance the tartness of the yogurt. Please lmk how it turns out if you try it that way.

      • — Jenn on September 24, 2017
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  • This recipe truly is amazing. The firm cream cheese helps the layers to remain separate, and the use of hard ladyfingers prevents sogginess. (Do not use the soft ladyfingers you can find in the produce section next to the strawberries, its not the same thing).
    The zest of 1/2 lemon is a great addition, too; mix most of it with the berries & jam, and save a sprinkle for the garnish.

    • — Ricky Costa on September 20, 2017
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  • This trifle was the best I have ever tried! I could not find the store bought lady fingers in my small town-but the homemade cake was wonderful!

    • — Ellene Carson on September 18, 2017
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  • I made this for a fourth of July party at my godmother’s and it was a huge hit! The only thing i did different was add black berries for a touch more of acidity, plus i really like black berries.

    • — Joseph Cramer on September 14, 2017
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  • I have to substitute pound cake for the lady fingers. Will the trifle be too soggy if I make it 24 hours before serving?

    • — Laura on August 19, 2017
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    • Hi Laura, I think it will be fine. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 20, 2017
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      • It was perfect and everyone loved it! Thank you for the great recipe.

        • — Laura on August 20, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn. I’m making a fruit triffle for the 1st time for a party so have some general questions as a rookie! What does cream cheese do? Is it to bond the cream together or does it give a slightly sour taste? Is there another substitute to give it the same effect but not the cream cheese taste? Also does the raspberry jam make the berry mix sweet? I want to keep the berry taste tart so wanted to know if jam is to bond together or sweeten. Thanks.

    • — Leila on August 14, 2017
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    • Hi Leila, The cream cheese both thickens the cream mixture and adds a very subtle tang to balance the sweetness. I recommend using it but you could substitute mascarpone for a slightly less tangy result, if you like. The jam does add a little sweetness but more importantly it adds juiciness, which helps soften the cookies — if you leave it out, the trifle will be dry. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 15, 2017
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      • Thanks Jenn. One other q: do you know how the lady fingers would turn out soaked in espresso? or is that too much with all the other ingredients? I read in one review that the whip cream and philly may be too sweet. Want to balance the tangy and sweet (but not too sweet) so wonder if the espresso would give it a tad bitter kick. Plan to make this today but still need to find the lady fingers.

        • — Leila on August 18, 2017
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        • I don’t think espresso would work here, Leila – sorry! If you wanted to add another flavor with a little bitterness, a little sherry or fortified wine would be a good choice.

          • — Jenn on August 18, 2017
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  • I’m making this with gf homemade lemon cake instead of lady fingers, because of gluten intolerance. How long before serving do I assemble so that the cake isn’t mushy? Any idea??

    • — Shannon on August 9, 2017
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    • Hi Shannon, It really depends on the cake and how dense it is, but with a typical cake I think you could assemble the trifle up to 6 hours in advance w/o it getting mushy.

      • — Jenn on August 10, 2017
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  • This was so great. It was awesome to make with my girls and they loved it.,once again thanks for the hot recipes

  • Savoiardi biscuits are sold at Cornucopia Gourmet Food, 8102 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814, for those who live in the Maryland/DC area. I purchased two packages there this morning (Jul 2, 2017). Each package is 7 oz, as per recipe. The owner keeps plenty in stock, as they are also an ingredient for making tiramisu.

    Trifle bowls can be found at Sur La Table ($30, I also purchased one from there is a.m., to make this recipe), Williams-Sonoma, Target, etc.

    Hope that helps for those hunting!

    • — PN in MD on July 2, 2017
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  • Hi I just got some dried lavender and would love to use it in this recipe. What would you think of either adding it to the berries or the cream. If you like the idea how much thanks.

    • — Lynn Weinstein on July 2, 2017
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    • Hi Lynn, You could try adding a little to the berries. But I’d start with just a pinch and taste — you have to be really careful adding lavender to sweets b/c too much can make them taste soapy.

      • — Jenn on July 2, 2017
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  • I am looking forward to making this over the July 4th holiday. Do you recall where you purchased that glass trifle bowl (we do not own one)? It makes for a nice display. Thanks!

    • — Pete on July 1, 2017
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    • Hi Pete, I believe I got it at Target :).

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2017
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  • Please tell me if you whip the whipping cream before folding it into the whipped cream cheese. It seams as if you would?

    • — Marina on June 29, 2017
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    • Yes, Marina, you do! (Take a peek at the 3rd paragraph of the instructions.) Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 29, 2017
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  • Jenn, went to Whole Foods… no savoiardi biscuits. They did have a Whole Foods brand organic lady finger which looked very hard. Will look further for the biscuits, but if I cannot find them, should I go with pound cake or the organic biscuits? If pound cake, chunks or slices> Thanks, Carol

    • — Carol Winkelman on June 20, 2017
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    • Hi Carol, the Whole Foods brand will work well. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 20, 2017
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  • Hi! I plan on making this dessert for Father’s Day. Since it has to chill for at least 8 hours, could I make it up the night before? Wasn’t sure if the cake would become too soggy. Thanks!
    Rebecca

    • — Rebecca on June 16, 2017
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    • Definitely – it won’t get soggy if made a day ahead.

      • — Jenn on June 17, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I haven’t make this recipe YET, but am going to, but I want to ask if you think bananas and strawberry jam would be a good replacement for the raspberries…I really dislike raspberries! -thanks, pam

    • — Pam on June 15, 2017
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    • Hi Pam, I think the bananas may brown a little, but you can certainly replace the raspberries with them (or you can just use more strawberries and blueberries). Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 15, 2017
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  • OMG!! Thanks again for making me look like a star at a cook out. I really don’t know why I keep my cookbooks- I never use them anymore. Every recipe comes out perfectly.
    For this recipe, I used more raspberries and blueberries and I used pound cake because I had only hours to prepare. It still was wonderful. I reduced the cream base by half- everything else the same only because we are watching calories.

    • — Petra Smith on June 15, 2017
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  • I made this delicious Summer Berry Trifle recipe to honor my Aunt for her 81st Birthday. As suggested, I used a glass serving platter which made a stunning presentation. Don’t you just enjoy how guests eyes open with delight when they see this Trifle? I did lessen the amount of both the confectioners sugar and the cream cheese. I used Bonne Raspberry preserves instead of jelly because the jellies offered for sale had high fructose corn syrup, which I prefer not to use. The organic strawberries, blueberries and raspberries were really fresh. I used the lady fingers on the first layer, but completely forgot them for the second layer! Do they have to be used at all? Thank you again for a wonderful dessert recipe which I look forward to making again!

    • — Joann Ianniello on June 5, 2017
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  • This was a huge hit at book club–a real winner and very easy to make!!

    • — Kathleen on May 27, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn,

    So glad I found your website, you’ve done an awesome job with it! I love fresh fruit desserts. It says to chill for 8 hours but I was hoping to do mine the day before and the party is in the evening the next day. Is that too long to stay in the fridge – will it ruin it?

    Thanks!

    • — Sarah on April 25, 2017
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    • That’s perfectly fine, Sarah. It keeps well for several days. Glad you’re enjoying the site!

      • — Jenn on April 25, 2017
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  • This recipe is definitely a keeper! The addition of raspberry jelly to the berries was perfect 🙂 I used pound cake instead of lady fingers since it was what I had on hand. Will definitely make this again!

    • — Kait on April 17, 2017
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  • This is the best trifle by far! It was a little messy to make ( the kids pitched in) but it was definitely worth it! Your recipes are always fail proof even for begginers like me. Thank you for all the work that you put in creating them.

    • — Kaya on April 13, 2017
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  • Hello Jenn, your kitchen is simply fantastic, 2 years ago I discovered your recipes, since then I am enjoying cooking your recipes, which are easy, very well explained and delicious. I love cooking and finding your website has been a blessing since I enjoy even more looking for new recipes.
    You are very popular with my family and friends and everyone enjoys your recipes. Very anxious that your book is available in the market to have mine and also to give some to my family.

    • — Doris on April 12, 2017
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    • Thanks for the nice words Doris– so glad you enjoy the recipes! And the book will be available for purchase in almost exactly a year– in the spring of 2018!

      • — Jenn on April 13, 2017
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  • Haven’t made yet, but can tell it’s going to be a winner recipe for Easter! Do you think marscapone cheese would kick it up a notch over the philly cheese? Thanks so much for a perfect dessert recipe!

    • Hi Dave, I think you could use mascarpone cheese here if you prefer. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on April 12, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Love love love your website!
    Would like to try the Summer Berry Trifle but my family is not a big fan of cream cheese. Could I cut the cream cheese down by more than half & substitute more whipping cream instead? Or would that make the trifle too soggy?

    • — Gina R. on March 30, 2017
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    • Glad you like the site, Gina! Yes, I think you could use just whipped cream without a problem here. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on March 30, 2017
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  • Hi, I was thinking of assembling this dessert in individual mason jars – Do you think would work. I was also going to make your Lemon Buttermilk Cake and thought that would be amazing torn in to pieces in this dessert (and add a little lemon zest to the whip cream/cream cheese mixture) Thanks!

    • — Judy on March 19, 2017
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    • Hi Judy, Yes and yes!

      • — Jenn on March 19, 2017
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  • Hi! I’m fairly new to baking but oh my gosh this recipe looks amazing! Going to try to make it for my grandfather’s birthday dinner this weekend 🙂

    2 questions:

    1. How much pound cake would you recommend for this recipe as a ladyfingers substitute?

    2. In the directions when it says something like 1-1/2 cups that means 1.5 (1 and a half) cups right?? Sorry if that’s a silly question, just don’t wanna mess this up. Thanks so much!!

    • — Kristin on March 17, 2017
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    • Hi Kristin, I think 1 pound cake would be sufficient when cut into chunks. And yes, it’s 1 and a half cups– not a silly question– hope you enjoy and happy birthday to your grandfather!

      • — Jenn on March 17, 2017
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  • I made this instead of a cake for my boyfriend’s birthday. I realized quickly I had to stash a little away so that there would be something left for his sister who arrived late. I live in the Netherlands and I haven’t quite got a handle on the birthday cakes here, so I decided on a departure from both traditions. My boyfriend and his family want it again next year, so I guess we went ahead and created our own tradition.

    • — L Squires on March 6, 2017
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  • I made this for a dinner party and all of our friends loved it! I didn’t have a trifle bowl so I had to get one. It was so worth it because the presentation was so beautiful. Thank you for another successful recipe! I love trying your recipes and you’re my favorite cooking blog! I’ve used more recipes out of your blog than some of my cook books. Thank you!!! You’re an amazing chef!

    • — Huong on March 4, 2017
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  • I really like this trifle. I like pound cake better than lady fingers but this is a great cake.

    • — Cindy Buchana on December 3, 2016
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  • This was wonderful: so simple to make and it tasted amazing and the presentation is dramatic. I found the Italian lady fingers in our local supermarket, the preparation was easy and it was served for a gathering and was the favorite dessert. My husband has followed this blog for a while and I just found the recipe by luck, and I’m so glad.

    • — Judy on October 6, 2016
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  • Hello I am so keen to make this as it sounds lovely..just checking it would be ok to dip the lady fingers in sherry cream before using? Thank you

    • — Tracey on August 25, 2016
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    • Yes, Tracey, that would be just fine. Enjoy and please let me know how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on August 25, 2016
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  • Hi Jen,
    First I want to thank you for the many wonderful recipes you have provided for my family to enjoy. Last night I made your buffalo chicken wings and summer berry trifle. The only change I made was to replace the cream cheese with custard, since one son dislikes cream cheese.
    The meal, including the perfect thin and crispy french fries recipe from another website, was declared the best meal I have made. Thank you for making my family so happy, and making me look so good. Your name is a well known in our house. Bless you, and I look forward to purchasing your cookbook in the future.

    Sheila

    • — Sheila M. on August 21, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn, what is the absolute longest time that I can make this ahead? I see the minimum is 8 but I am hoping to make this well in advance but don’t want to ruin it! I was thinking of making it the morning a day before (it would be approx 17 hours before hand). Do you think it would still turn out?

    • — Niki on August 1, 2016
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    • What you have in mind should work just fine– enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 2, 2016
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  • Just wanted to let you know I have tried and enjoyed many of your recipes and this was one of my favourites! It looks fantastic and tastes even better! Thanks so much <3

    • — Nora Geldart on July 24, 2016
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  • This trifle is delicious !

    • — Donna Harmon on July 15, 2016
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  • I made this wonderful dessert on the 4th of July but used mascarpone instead of Philadelphia cream cheese. May try it again with peaches and blueberries and maybe amaretti instead of ladyfingers?

    • — Joanne on July 14, 2016
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  • For those that are lactose intolerant, can this recipe be made with the berries, raspberry jam, and layered lady fingers with Cool Whip on the top?

    • — Diane on July 9, 2016
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    • Diane, It may not look quite as pretty, but I think you can just put the whipped cream on top. You could also use a whipped cream that is completely dairy-free and layer it throughout the trifle.

      • — Jenn on July 11, 2016
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  • Loved your recipe for the trifle. On second making, combined bits of your recipe with one I’ve used for years. Instead of cream cheese and whipped cream, I made lemon curd and folded that into the whipped cream. For added kick, I dipped each lady finger into limoncello. I’ve always used just plain berries, but I like the additional flavor of your glaze, so that’s a keeper.

    • — Randy Blouin on July 9, 2016
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    • Hi Randy, Love your idea for the lemon curd.

      • — Jenn on July 10, 2016
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    • Any excuse to use lemon curd I will take it! This brilliant suggestion took this berry trifle over the top. Love love love it! Will make for our neighborhood block party next…

      • — Ani on September 4, 2016
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  • I brought the trifle to a July 4th potluck. Spectacular!

    • — Elizabeth on July 7, 2016
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  • This was
    Perfect end to our July 4th picnic. Excellent and easy. A definite make again.

    • — 31550sloan on July 7, 2016
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  • This red, white and blue dessert was a huge hit on the 4th of July! This is one of my all-time favorite desserts. The recipe is written so well (thank you for the volume and weight measurements on the fruit) that it was very easy to make. I found the ladyfingers at our local Sprouts as well as the same raspberry jam. This is the perfect summer dessert!

    • — Carole on July 6, 2016
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  • I made the trifle for the 4th and it was a huge hit. I found the lady fingers at Whole Foods. Thank you for providing the other name of savoiardi. That helped a lot! I will definitely make this showstopper again.

    • — Anna Kotvis on July 5, 2016
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  • Could you explain ladyfingers, are there different kinds? meaning hard like a cookie or soft like cake. Thank you

    • — Mya on July 3, 2016
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    • Yes Mya, there are both hard/crispy and soft/cakey lady fingers– This recipe is best with the crispy variety. If you can’t find them, cut up pound cake makes a good substitute!

      • — Jenn on July 3, 2016
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  • I am having trouble finding the crispy lady fingers. Can I substitute the regular ones I might use for Charlotte Russe?

    • — Patty R. on June 27, 2016
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    • Hi Patty, I wouldn’t recommend the regular lady fingers here. You’d be better off with pound cake but into pieces. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 27, 2016
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  • I can’t find lady fingers. What cake recipe would you recommend?

    • — Natalie on June 16, 2016
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    • Hi Natalie, you can just use store-bought pound cake here.

      • — Jenn on June 17, 2016
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  • I don’t have enough time to order the Lady Fingers online. I found Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread they are crispy, would that be a substitute? or would pound cake be a better option?

    • — Lisa Wolf on June 6, 2016
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    • Lisa, I think the pound cake would be a better option :).

      • — Jenn on June 7, 2016
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  • Hi I could not find the lady fingers, can I use the Biscoff Europe’s,would that work?or not as good?

    • — Lisa on June 5, 2016
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    • Hi Lisa, I haven’t tried Biscoff European cookies, but I suspect that the texture may be too hard. If you’re determined to make this, you can order the crisp lady fingers on Amazon. If you don’t want to bother with that, you could always use pound cake cut into pieces.

      • — Jenn on June 6, 2016
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  • I haven’t made this yet but how could I make it lower in calories? Always watching my weight!

    • — Sherry Lambert on May 17, 2016
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    • Hi Sherry, You could make a few tweaks: look for reduced sugar or sugar-free jam, cut back a little on the confectioner’s sugar and try the reduced-fat (not fat-free) cream cheese. I would love to know how it turns out if you prepare it with these tweaks!

      • — Jenn on May 17, 2016
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  • This is delicious.

  • Jenn, I live in England (home of the trifle!) and served this at a dinner party last night. My English hubby and friends said it was THE BEST TRIFLE THEY HAD EVER TASTED! One of them has even requested it in lieu of cake for his birthday next weekend. I personally found the cream cheese and whipped cream topping a bit too sweet but everyone else thought it was perfect! Thank you. I am looking forward to trying out some of your other recipes.

    • — Jan on February 21, 2016
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    • That’s high praise, Jan — so glad everyone enjoyed it!

      • — Jenn on February 21, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn, can you tell me I this trifle is dry seeing as the finger biscuits don’t get dipped in anything.

    • — Rita on December 23, 2015
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    • Hi Rita, the berries tossed with the jam makes for plenty of moisture, so I don’t think you’ll find this to be dry at all.

      • — Jenn on December 23, 2015
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  • This is a wonderful party recipe. The instructions were clear, the recipe easy and a sure hit with everyone. There will be nothing left over

    • — Toni on December 3, 2015
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  • Hi Jen! Can I use soft lady fingers for this recipe instead?

    • — Erin on November 23, 2015
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    • Hi Erin, Yes but the texture won’t be as good — I definitely prefer the hard cookies.

      • — Jenn on November 23, 2015
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  • This recipe is fast, easy, very light and will go in a flash! You might need to make two for parties (smiles). This is a keeper …especially to bring to a gathering. Everyone will want to know who made this! Enjpy!

    • — Toni Iacoboni on October 29, 2015
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  • Made this for the family over the Labor Day weekend. It was awesome! Everyone loved it. Definitely will make this again and again.

    • — PAULETTE DEROCCO on September 8, 2015
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  • This was another winner. Sometimes I add a splash of sherry or brandy to the ladyfingers to give it a more adult fruity flavor.

    • — Ryan on August 29, 2015
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  • This triffle is so delicious. It’ a crowd pleaser. It is fast and ease to make.

    • — Marcela on August 27, 2015
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  • Family is coming in September for a weekend. Thinking this is the dessert we will have.

    • — Ann on August 27, 2015
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  • Hi Jen- could you substitute Angel Food Cake (cut into chunks) for the Lady Fingers if you did not have time to let this sit for a while before serving? Thanks!

    • — Janine on August 23, 2015
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    • Yes, I think that would work. Pound cake is a good option as well. Please let me know how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on August 24, 2015
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      • I did end up subbing the Lady Fingers for angel food cake and it was sooooo delicious and very light. I also served in individual mason jars. They turned out adorable. Thank you for the great recipe!

        • — Janine on August 27, 2015
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        • So glad, Janine! Thx for letting me know 🙂

          • — Jenn on August 27, 2015
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      • I was unable to locate lady fingers when I wanted to try this. I DID use angel food cake torn into small chunks. Prepared this a full 24 hrs before serving. The only thing that would’ve made the angel food cake better would have been to make one of my own from scratch. Big hit. Getting ready to do it again for company tomorrow. Thank you!

        • — Randal on October 5, 2016
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  • I loved this recipe! Was visiting my young nephew who loves blueberries and his mom, my sister in law, who loves pastries in late summer and this was a total hit with both! I did find that with a full width trifle dish I ran a (oh sorry, I had to) trifle short on the whipped cream/cheese mixture so I ended up whipping a little more cream and confectioners sugar. Also I was in a town where ladyfingers weren’t available at all so I used pound cake which worked just fine. All in all, huge hit with everyone and a perfect summer patio dessert!

    • — Robin Senor on August 22, 2015
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  • Hi Jen,
    I would like to take this dish along when we visit our family. How long ahead of time can this be made? Would I be able to make it the day ahead and serve it at dinner the following day?
    Thanks, Lila

    • — Lila on July 18, 2015
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    • Hi Lila, Yes, absolutely, it will be perfect.

      • — Jenn on July 19, 2015
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  • Hi Jen,

    Thank you so much for great recipes you’ve shared. I’ve tried some of them and they turned out delicious and so yummy.

    For the berries in this trifle recipe, can I use frozen blueberries and raspberries? If yes, do I use it straight from freezer or do they need to be thawed first?

    Thanks in advance and I’m looking forward to make this trifle.

    Warm regards, Lyly

    • — Lyly on July 15, 2015
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    • Hi Lyly, This is one recipe where I think it’s best to use fresh fruit. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on July 15, 2015
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  • I whipped this up on Saturday morning thinking we could have it for Sunday dessert, but when we had a spontaneous Sat. pm summer gettogether, “my” trifle was the perfect treat to serve!! Thanks again, Jen!

    • — Karen on July 9, 2015
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  • Hi Jenn! I served your trifle dessert to my family on July 4th. We all enjoyed it. Delicious! Also, I liked seeing you make this on TV. You are so tiny and beautiful! Not sure how you stay so slender with all the yummy food you make. Thanks for all of your great recipes! I appreciate them and all of your efforts!

    • — Val H. on July 6, 2015
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    • Thank you, Val! So glad you enjoyed it!

      • — Jenn on July 6, 2015
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  • Could not locate lady fingers, what’s a good substitute?

    Thanks

    • — Barb on July 5, 2015
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  • This was a huge hit at my Fourth of July BBQ!!!

    • — Kristie on July 5, 2015
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Are the lady fingers are supposed to be crunchy in the final product, or would they have softened (from.. I dunno, being soaked with the cream or something?)

    I haven’t tried making it yet but just wanted to understand what the final product’s supposed to be like

    Thanks for the fantastic recipes!

    • — Ivan F on July 3, 2015
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    • Hi Ivan, They soften and meld into the trifle. Good luck — please let me know how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on July 3, 2015
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      • Jenn, I made this over the weekend and it was FANTASTIC. Thank you!

        • — Ivan on July 13, 2015
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        • So happy you enjoyed it, Ivan. Thanks for letting me know 🙂

          • — Jenn on July 13, 2015
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  • Thank you, Jen! I asked for and have received a Summer berry dessert! You’re the best…and much appreciated!

    • — Marty on July 2, 2015
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  • Do you recommend doubling the lady fingers for each layer, as they come that way, or single

    • — Kiiri on July 1, 2015
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    • Hi Kiiri, They should go in a single layer. Be sure you buy the crisp lady fingers that come in a box or package, not the soft spongecake ladyfingers sold in the bakery. Enjoy 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2015
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  • Jen- can I use marscapone instead of cream cheese and add creme Anglaise as another layer for the pudding portion?

    Thanks,
    S.

    • — SM on July 1, 2015
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    • Mascarpone cheese should work but I’d probably leave out the creme anglaise — it might make the trifle too wet.

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2015
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  • Jenn – I just watched your TV clip with the berry trifle and sangria. First of all, you looked completely AWESOME. Secondly, both items look simple and delicious, perfect for this holiday weekend. Thanks for inspiring me yet again to take my meals and entertainment to the next level!

    • — Sandy K. on July 1, 2015
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    • Thank you so much, Sandy! I hope you enjoy the recipes — they really are easy and delish 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2015
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  • Do you think this would be equally good with blackberries and use blackberry jam rather than the raspberries?

    • — Patsy on July 1, 2015
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    • Absolutely!

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2015
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  • Jenn,
    do you know the capacity of the trifle dish?
    I want to substitute a glass bowl but wasn’t sure how large it should be.
    p.s. I love your website. Every single recipe I’ve made has been delicious. Thank you!

    • — Mary on July 1, 2015
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    • Hi Mary, So glad you’re enjoying the recipes! The bowl of the trifle dish is 9-inches around and 9-inches deep — the capacity is about 14 cups. I will add that to the recipe for others as well — thank you 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2015
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