Stars and Stripes Berry Trifle

This recipe for Stars and Stripes Berry Trifle from Cooks Illustrated is made with store-bought ingredients. I thought it would be a different way to serve our fresh fruit in the morning, using vanilla yogurt instead of vanilla custard. Happy July 4th!

Stars and Stripes Berry Trifle 

From Cooks Country
Makes enough for a 3-quart trifle dish

2 purchased pound cakes (16 ounces each), thawed and edges trimmed
3  tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar plus 1 teaspoon
 teaspoon water
 cups fresh raspberries 
4 cups  4 cups vanilla custard, refrigerated until firm (or vanilla pudding)
1 cup whipped cream (lightly sweetened)

For the stars: Slice each cake lengthwise into 6 equal pieces. Spread 2 teaspoons jam each on 6 cake slices and top with remaining slices to create jam sandwiches. Using 2-inch star cookie cutter, cut out 3 stars from each sandwich. Chop remaining sandwich scraps into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.

For the berries: Toss blueberries, 1 tablespoon sugar, and water in bowl. In separate bowl, toss raspberries with remaining sugar. Let sit until sugar dissolves and berries are glossy, about 5 minutes.

To assemble: Arrange 7 star sandwiches upright around bottom of 3-quart trifle dish. Place 2 cups sandwich scraps in center of dish. Arrange 3 cups blueberries around stars, piling up blueberries so that they surround all edges of stars. Spread 2 cups custard in even layer on top of blueberry and cake layer. Place 1 cup sandwich scraps on center of custard layer. Arrange 3 cups raspberries around perimeter of dish. Spread remaining custard in even layer on top of raspberries. Arrange 9 star sandwiches upright around perimeter of dish. Arrange remaining blueberries around stars and pile remaining raspberries in center of dish. Spoon whipped cream on top of raspberries and top with remaining 2 stars.

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