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The One with the Trifle


One of my favorite scenes from Friends is when Rachel attempts to make a Classic English Trifle inThe One Where Ross Got High.” You know… the one with layers of ladyfingers, jam, custard (which she made from SCRATCH!), raspberries, more ladyfingers, beef sauteed with peas and onions, a little more custard, bananas, then whipped cream. Love.

I discovered the trifle last year when I needed a hearty dessert for kids and adults. It worked well for several reasons – it was easy, fun to make, required no baking and included pudding. Pudding makes everything better. Over the holiday season, I ended up making three trifles – all delicious. And while the trifle is about taste, presentation is everything. That is why the first step in trifle making is finding the bowl. You need to go big with a large trifle bowl like this one from Sur la Table.  And the only thing cuter than the grand trifle bowl is the mini trifle bowl. How cute would it be to serve yours in these petite trifle bowls from Crate & Barrel?

Whether you are hosting a party, heading to a potluck, or looking for a sweet treat to bring to the office, you can’t go wrong with a trifle. And the best part of the trifle is its endless flavor combinations. Once you’ve got the basics – the cake (pound, angel or ladyfingers), custard/pudding, and whipped cream – you can go crazy with the rest.   

Here are some of my favorites…But if you don’t like any of these, you can always try Rachel’s version.  I searched high and low for the original version of her “Classic English Trifle,” but could only find one for my vegan friends here.

Caramel Apple Trifle

The Classic English Trifle (the REAL one)

The Southern Trifle (aka Blackberry & Peach)

Death by Chocolate Trifle

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fran LaSpada #

    Believe it or not the very first time I ever had a Trifle was at your house last Holiday season and it really is just the perfect dessert both in presentation and taste!!

    December 6, 2013
  2. Gail Herlinger #

    Trifle is something I don’t think I’ve ever had. Now I want to try it! Is it good the next day? How about the day after? XO

    Sent from my iPad


    December 6, 2013
  3. Cheri #

    I thought I made one for Xmas last year in Maryland. It is good the day after!

    December 7, 2013

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