Sunday, July 8, 2012

Independence Themed Dessert

Last week, for Independence Day, GB and I went to a family barbecue. My favorite dish to pass is a dessert. Another favorite of my mine is a theme. The fourth of July offers so many theme-y options - so I took full advantage. I had been ogling Sunny Anderson's Patriotic Berry Trifle for months on Pinterest and took this prime opportunity to make it. 

The Ingredients:
Angel Food Cake
Cream Cheese (2 packages)
Heavy Cream (2 cups)
Lemon Juice
Vanilla Extract (I substituted vanilla for Almond extract)

The first step was to cute the strawberries, I used two pint containers. 

Next, I combined 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of water. I heated and stirred until the sugar had completely dissolved. 

 Lastly, I added the vanilla. 

After cutting the angel food cake into 1 inch cubes,  I drizzled them in the vanilla sugar sauce.

The last preparatory step is to combine 2/3 cups of sugar and the 2 packages of cream cheese, followed by the cream. 

Now the fun part: the layering. I pushed the majority of the fruit to the edge of the dish to assure the colorful layers would show. 

I couldn't help but nibble here and there while layering the fruit and cake. The cream cheese mix is out of this world. 

On top of the dessert I attempted to create a firework of fruit. Unfortunately, it may have appeared to look like a confederate flag. In no way did I intend for this dessert to remotely represent a confederate flag. 

Don't you think it's pretty? I'm going to tell you something - it tastes as good as it looks. The cream cheese mixture is what I think heaven must taste like. If I had the opportunity to eat it, on the couch, with a spoon while watching the Real Housewives, I would do it. Luckily, we left the dish at GB's sister's house. GB and I were happy to have it out of the house - otherwise we would have finished it that night. 

I will be making this again - and it will not only be served around the Fourth of July. This will be good year round. Give it a try - let me know what you think! 

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