Monday, June 22, 2009

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

This recipe came from Janet Eyring on the Studio 5 morning talk show that I love to watch. They always have great ideas on that show and great recipes too. I've included the link to this dessert here because hers was much prettier than mine. This is the first time I've made a trifle so hopefully next time I make this my layering will be better. You have to be careful about keeping the whip cream from the sides of the bowl where you want your fruit to show through so you can see layers. I absolutely loved this trifle! The hint of almond flavoring was tasty. In the recipe she mixes in the angel food cake into the whip cream mixture. This coated the cake good but by the time I wanted leftovers it was a little soggy so I recommend eating this within two or three hours of making it. Next time I'm going to try layering the cake and then putting the whip cream mixture on top of it instead of mixing the cake in. This will add another layer for looks and might keep the cake from getting soggy for leftovers. You'll definitely want to make this recipe :)

2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract (I used a tiny bit more)
1 tub (12 oz) Cool Whip, thawed
4 Tbsp sugar
1 angel food cake, cut into bite-size cubes
2 (1 lb) containers of fresh strawberries, sliced
or 2 bags of frozen sliced strawberries

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until fluffy; add sour cream, vanilla, and almond extract. Fold the Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture. Gently stir in cake pieces (if you want cake mixed in). In a separate bowl combine strawberries with sugar until it dissolves (leave out some fresh strawberries to decorate with). If using fresh strawberries decorate bottom of bowl placing strawberries around the sides. Then layer 1/2 sugared strawberries then 1/2 cake pieces and whip cream mixture. Repeat in the same order ending with whip cream on top then decorate with strawberry slices. Cover with plastic and chill at least an hour before serving.


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