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
Sugar
Cream Cheese (2 packages)
Heavy Cream (2 cups)
Lemon Juice
Strawberries
Blueberries
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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