Summer means lots of activities with friends, family, and neighbors, and you’re sure to have at least one potluck or BBQ to attend. But the heat of summer often has us avoiding the stove. If you’re looking for something that requires no or minimal cooking to bring to the next gathering, here’s an idea for you.
Everyone loves a good desert, and trifles are one of the easiest to make. There are different kinds with different ingredients, but a basic trifle recipe to try is cake, pudding, whipped cream, and fruit. That’s it! It’s quick, easy, and simple. The key to a trifle is the layering, so clear glass or plastic bowls are best, but you can also put in a 13x9 pan. You can even get the kids to help, as they’ll love layering the different ingredients. The great thing about trifles is that you can buy all the ingredients pre-made at the store or make them from scratch yourself.
Here’s a simple recipe to get you started, and then you can make your own creations by substituting out ingredients. This recipe assumes you’re using a 13x9 pan so you’ll only have two layers of each ingredient. If you have a taller container, portion the ingredients to add additional layers.
Thaw a container of whipped topping or make your own whipped cream. Make a box of instant vanilla pudding according to package directions (make sure it’s cooled completely before starting the trifle). Cube pieces of store-bought pound cake. Wash, pat dry, and cut up a basket of strawberries. Place half of the cake pieces on the bottom of the bowl. Add half of the pudding on top of the cake. Add half of the whipped topping on top. Add half of the strawberries on top of that. Repeat the layers, arranging the strawberries on top in a decorative way if you choose. Chill for at least an hour before serving, but preferably chill for 2-3 hours.
Pinewood Estates wants you and your family to make the most of your summer! If you have any service requests, you can submit them using the online Service Manager at www.pinewoodestatesMHC.com and we’re always happy to hear from residents at 208-522-3807 or Amy@thebostongroup.us.