Monday, December 22, 2008

Stirring up the dirt

Does everyone remember the Friends episode where Rachel makes trifle? The pages stick together in the cookbook and she ends up making a trifle which includes ingredients for a shepherd's pie.

Ross: "That tastes like feet."
Joey: "I like it."
Ross: "Are you kidding?"
Joey: "What's not to like? Custard? Good. Jam? Good. Meat? Goooooood."

This trifle is a little more traditional. There is no meat in it at all. Instead it uses fresh red berries which always make me think of Christmas. It also uses alcohol, which forms the baseline for my Christmas activities. And if you got to spend Christmas with Thatinlaws then you'd be pouring alcohol into all of your dishes also!

This was also a great chance to use the Mayhew Jelly I picked up in Savannah. I got a fascinating lesson on Mayhaw berries from the owner of the wine store where I found the jelly. It's basically just a great sweet jelly that I love to use in tarts and thought would work well with the strawberries and raspberries in the trifle. I was right! I love traveling to new places and bringing home specialties to try.

Mixed Berry Trifle
  • 1 pound cake, cut into 8 slices
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 4 Tbsp Mayhaw Jelly
  • 1 pkg of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 carton cool whip
  1. Make vanilla pudding according to package directions.
  2. Arrange half of the pound cake on the bottom of a glass bowl.
  3. Spoon half the sherry over the cake.
  4. Layer the strawberries over the cake and top with 2 Tbsp of the jelly.
  5. Pour half the pudding over the layers.
  6. Layer the remaining cake, sherry, raspberries, and jelly.
  7. Spoon the cool whip over the layers and refrigerate overnight.


  1. I freaking love that episode and trifle!

  2. I had no idea what Mayhaw was. Thank you, Wikipedia.

  3. heeh I love that friends episode!

  4. I didn't see that episode of Friends, but your writing gave me a good chuckle.

    Trifle looks and sounds fabulous. Happy holidays to you and your family!


  5. A very festive trifle that I'm sure didn't even remotely taste like feet :)

    Happy holidays to everyone in the "That" household and bark bark to Thatdog.

  6. i reference that friends episode on a regular basis!

  7. I was actually just talking about that episode the other day :)
    Looks great!

  8. I will try anything with berries & poundcake! Happy Holidays :)

  9. Happy Holidays to you! May they be full of blessings!

  10. What is Mayhaw Jelly?

    Too lazy to google.

  11. That dessert looks so good, love the berries!

  12. Going on foodie excursions is the best way to spend a day...maybe the best part of the day is eating the creations...I'll have to decide on that one.

  13. i love trifle. my MIL made one for christmas this year that was bomb. it used raspberries and chambord. yeah, so freaking tasty!