Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cranberry Trifle

I couldn't let this Christmas season pass without posting my most favorite dessert EVER!!  For the first time in a long time, I didn't host Christmas at my house but I still made this trifle. I know you are probably thinking, "Okay, big deal. She made it and brought it as a dessert to wherever she went." Well, you have thought wrong!! I made this trifle yesterday, and truth be known, I made it for me and for my sweet friend Chris (who by the way is a baker extraordinaire studying Pastry Arts at Johnson & Wales University). We  love this trifle! I do believe that both of us will be having trifle as our three meals a day... 'Tis the holiday season!

Cranberry Trifle

2 bags ( 12 ounces each) cranberries, fresh or frozen
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
2 homemade or store bought butter pound cakes (12 ounces each), cut into 3/4 inch thick slices

Combine cranberries, 2 cups granulated sugar, ginger, and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until cranberries begin to burst. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Beat cream cheese, brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and vanilla on high until nicely combined. Lower mixer to medium speed and slowly add heavy cream, beating until soft peaks form.

In a 3 quart trifle dish, layer 1/3 of pound cake on bottom. Then layer 1/3 of cranberry mixture, and top with 1/3 of whipped cream.Repeat two more layers, end with a layer of cream. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or up to one day.

Serves 12

Adapted from Martha Stewart


Barbara Marie said...

Hi Katharina... it looks absolutely delicious! I copied it and want to make it... it's definitely decadent!

Kathi said...

Barbara Marie, this trifle is delicious! It has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness. The flavors combine nicely over a 24 hour period so I suggest letting it sit in the fridge for at least that amount of time. As for decadence,well... yes, maybe... but it's the holiday! I am sure we will all be good after the New Year ;).