Thursday, January 21, 2010

Foodie Friday: A Trifling Matter

Welcome to the umpteenth Foodie Friday.
Trifle: (try-full) Verb: 1. to play mind games with another person (as in "That mean boy is trifling with her heart!") 2. wasting time. Noun: 1. an insignificant matter. 2. tiny quantity or small amount. 3. a poofy, layered dessert.
Definitely dessert.

10 Minute Trifle
1 loaf cake (bakery)
2 bags frozen fruit (or fresh)
1 box Jell-o vanilla instant pudding
2 c milk
Extra creamy Cool Whip
Vincent Van Gogh chocolate liqueur
Find a deep glass container, preferably with straight sides. Cut cake into squares and arrange along sides of bowl. If you have time, arrange the "crusty sides" facing away from glass, toward the middle. It's supposed to be prettier. But in my case, it didn't make a difference.
Fill center with remaining cake. I did two layers.
Now pour chocolate liqueur (it's clear) over cake.
Add a layer of berries.
Make pudding. When it thickens, pour over fruit.
Spoon Cool Whip over pudding.
Chill.

Simple. Elegant. Perfect for over-extended people who crave something sweet and fluffy, yet have zero time to make everything from scratch.

Do not explain. Do not feel guilty. Serve in a crystal wine glass and enjoy.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Level of difficulty: beginner

I'm revising the book and will be a little slow in visiting, but this is a foodie joy I can't give up. I'm looking forward to seeing what y'all have cooked up this week.
Mr. Linky awaits your Foodie Friday post:

73 comments:

  1. I love trifles! This looks so good. I've actually only had chocolate-based trifles, but I love the idea of the vanilla pudding. I think I might even have all those ingredients on hand. Thanks!

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  2. This looks delicious! I will be making it soon Thanks for reminding me abt trifle

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  3. Oh, I love it! Especially the part about pull out the crystal wine glass and enjoy!!

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  4. Grant and I (his mom) think the trifle looks really yummy! I have never made one before. It sounds easy enough. We'll have to resolve to make a trifle in 2010!

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  5. I like to trifle a bit myself, on occasion :) I don't think I've made trifle since the 80's but I think with our recession some of the grand old recipes are coming back and deliriously so! Bravo!

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  6. Now that's a trifle that doesn't 'waste time' and looks nice and 'poofy'! I'm printing the recipe now and filing under time crunch recipes! Looks delightful.

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  7. A lot of bang for the buck!! Everything is better in crystal :)

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  8. I forgot to tell you--Bandwidth is ADORABLE! Don't tell him I said so :)

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  9. Num a num!! I love this stuff and it's so pretty! Thanks for sharing this recipe and how easy!
    Good luck with your booking!! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)
    Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday!

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  10. Oh, wow! I'm so craving something sweet now. This looks delish, and how great that it's so easy!

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  11. Wow, does that look delicious! Thanks for sharing it.

    Jane

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  12. Oh how I adore trifle! The pictures are gorgeous!

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  13. Funny. Has me remembering the first time I made Trifle. I was baking a cake filled with strawberry filling, soft & fluffy that would not set up. So i threw it all in a bowl with some whipped cream, booze of some kind and a few pecans I think. Called it Trifle and everyone loved it and no one knew. I've done that a few times. Someday I really should make it the proper way, Yes?
    Yours looks yummy. Have a great weekend!

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  14. sweets is my sweet's weak spot. I have to try this out. it looks yummy! as always - thanks for hosting. :-)

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  15. OK! I love this! It so pretty in the glass! I been eating butterscotch pudding a lot these days, and this would be a wonderful change! I wish I had one now!

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  16. I have a Pampered Chef trifle bowl and love it! So easy, but beautiful dessert!
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Liz

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  17. i love that you are rating difficulty! will you be incl mileage to nearest publix too?

    it looks wonderful, i just made pudding too, cooking for food with thought, yours is much more fun then mine, i refuse to make it the way it was in the book, starting with the blue mold...

    loving your pics, they are always outstanding~

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  18. I was directed to your site my my friend The Muse... so glad she did.. Have just linked for the Foodie Friday....

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  19. oh My!! Looks so good! Between you and Bandwidth, I will gain weight just looking at your creations.
    Have a great weekend.
    Glenda

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  20. I think you have photographed this delicious dessert a little too well! Now, I must go and whip up something sweet...

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  21. I love that you've created such an elegant confection that is so quick to make. I'll be making this for Mr. Silly very soon, he's very fond of trifle and and dessert soak in liqueur! lol
    Happy Foodie Friday!

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  22. Oh my, I'm drooling right here on my keyboard! This looks delish ~ as usual. Thanks for the recipe!

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  23. Drooling on keyboard...shorting it out...and worth it! :-)

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  24. I didn't link in because I just don't blog enough anymore but if you like coconut cake, stop by and check out my post, it's super delicious.

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  25. So pretty, so simple, and SOOOO good. What more could you ask for? Thanks for hosting, Michael!

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  26. What a great idea to use Jell-O pudding in a trifle - so much easier than making custard and so delicious! It looks gorgeous!! Thanks for hosting.

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  27. Hello Gollum, Your trifle looks delicious and beautiful. Presentation is everything. I love the 10 minute time frame.

    Hugs, Jeanne

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  28. I love trifle -- in any form and it truly is one of those "oMG, company's coming and I have no dessert so what can I do in 10 minutes" desserts! It's always good to have a couple of those up your sleeve!

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  30. I'm joining your delicious meme for the first time, and I need to look at food entries much later in the day. They made me drool at 7:30 in the morning :-)

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  31. Gorgeous! I've been wondering what to do with the bags of frozen fruit in my freezer!

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  32. I love foods that are layered, so trifles are one of my favorite desserts. My MIL bought me a proper trifle bowl for Christmas many years ago and I use it for anything that's pretty, the footed base just shows it off so well.

    You've given me a great idea to make them individually in my prettiest stemware. Would make such a nice presentation for company. Thanks!

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  33. Trifle is always a favorite and I actually think I could make this!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  34. So delicious looking; I am going to use the one that Martha Stewart shows on her site for Valentines.
    I love the idea of serving in a wine glass. How unique!

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  35. OH NO! Michael, you are trifling with my decision to eat more healthi-ly. I put on more than a trifle of tonnage over the holidays, and was hoping to get down to such a trifling weight that I could weigh myself on my kitchen scale in ounces.

    Plus, if I use my trifle bowl for this lovely looking dessert, where am I going to put my incoming mail? No trifling matter....
    Cass

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  36. That looks wonderful! I will be making this. Have a great Friday. Denise@cottagesisters

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  37. Yum! You are the Master of EZ recipes that are drop dead gorgeous! Have a great weekend...

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  38. OK - so I'm trying to watch my weight - but this looks soooo good:)

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  39. I only make trifle for Christmas. Tradition and all.
    This year I had too much left over due to my biggest eater being under the weather.
    Your version is much easier.

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  40. What could be easier!? These are pretty and tasty!

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  41. How wonderful!! I love the ease with which you can make this trifle. I have made many trifles from scratch. They are time consuming. I'll have to remember this recipe when time is short...because you can make a huge impression by the presentation, and I'm certain the taste is divine!! Thanks for hostessing this event.

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  42. Yummy! This does look delicious. I've never made a trifle. Need to give this recipe a try. Thank you! ~ Sarah

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  43. I make a version of this that I call "punch bowl cake" to take to family reunions and church suppers--I layer everything in a punch bowl. I've never used the chocolate liqueur, I can just imagine the extra little layer of flavor that gives!

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  44. Your Trifle looks amazing:) Yum! I copied your recipe and I think I will give it a try soon!!

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  45. I love Trifles but that chocolate liqueur really sounds like the cherry on top. Your pictures are so beautiful, maybe you should post some of your secrets.Thanks for hosting!

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  46. You stole this Muse's heart upon your post's first word.

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  47. Once again another beautifully delicious looking post. Makes me want some right NOW!! Thanks for hosting and for the great recipe. I think I will try it this weekend.

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  48. Who knew a 10 minute trifle could look so good. Maybe this is what I'll ask for instead of cake today! Yum!!

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  49. Looks as yummy and decadent as most of your food....and it is lunch time so please pass a serving through the screen. Come by and visit with me and enter my Rooster-licious Blogaversary Giveaway.

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  50. I like it..very refreshing, and love it with fresh blueberries or strawberries..
    And then there is the Death by Chocolate version, which is just heavenly!
    Your looks delicious..

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  51. This looks delicious, Michael. I've never met a trifle I could say no to. Yours is so easy to do that I can't resist giving it a try. Good luck with the revisions. Have a great day.

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  52. save one for me I will take it with my hot chocolate! MB Have a wonderful weekend, MB

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  53. Michael, this looks delicious. I'm a tiramisu freak, so this looks wonderful-- and easy to assemble!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe!
    Amy

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  54. My gosh, your trifle is a masterpiece, Vincent would be proud. We have trifle for xmas lunch dessert, every year, we add sherry. I have to try yours.
    hugs, Kathy.

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  55. I don't know why I don't make trifles more often... I average about one every two years. :p

    Thank you for the reminder of how luscious they are. Beautiful images! Very nice. xo

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  56. Gollum, that is one gorgeous trifle!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  57. Oh that looks so delish! Omgosh, so yummy looking! Thank you for sharing with us. :)
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  58. Don't stop posting such articles. I love to read articles like this. Just add some pics :)

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  59. I love triffles and my mom gave me her perfectly wonderful large triffle bowl! I must make one this weekend after seeing yours! It looks simply delicious...now I'm really hungry!

    Miss Bloomers

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  60. These pictures just about did me in. Well, I know what to add to the list of things to make this weekend. Thanks!

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  61. WOW this recipe sounds good...can hardly wait to give it a try. Thanks so much.

    Jan
    BellaCasa

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  62. Yummy and looks so pretty! I have a trifle bowl that I love using ~ everything just looks so elegant served in it. Can't wait to try this!!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  63. I love trifle... and your presentation is gorgeous... just want to dip my spoon into the screen!!!

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  64. Oh, that looks SO good, and so simple! Pretty too.

    Have you been to the post office lately? Heeheeheeeeeeeeeeeeee. Figure I may as well keep bugging the shit out of you!

    Justine :o )

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  65. Many thanks .... I made this dessert last evening. It was gobbled up by everyone!
    I gave Gollum the credit!

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  66. Yum...I love trifle, I just forget to make it. I'll be thinking about it now. Yours looks delicious.

    Sue

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  67. Lots of rain, and Dr.G's truck is hopelessly stuck in the mud. So am I. I'm still in the middle of edits but should be back soon.
    XX 00

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  68. I love trifle. I think the layers are always so beautiful!

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  69. I'm English and love Trifle! I'll be making this! Hard to find desserts like this in the US. La Madeleine has a good fruity custard dessert but other than that nothing beats an English custard.

    Thanks!
    Ruthie

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