Creamy Nilla Berry Trifle
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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This very berry dessert is full of delicious, fresh flavor and is a perfect treat for any summer or 4th of July gathering.
  • (2) 16-oz. containers strawberries
  • (2) 6-oz. containers blueberries
  • (1) 6 oz. container blackberries
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup lemon curd (found in jelly and/or baking section of grocery store)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • pinch kosher salt
  • (1) 8-oz. pkg cream cheese
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups (one box) vanilla wafer crumbs (go with the name brand Nilla Wafers, you can tell the difference between the cheaper store brand)
  • One pkg shortcake (sold near strawberries in grocery store, pkg. contains 4 small, round breads)
  1. Trim and quarter strawberries. Set aside.
  2. Combine the blueberries, blackberries, ½ cup sugar, ⅓ cup water, lemon juice and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries break down and the sauce thickens (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ¼ cup cream, lemon curd, vanilla extract and remaining ¼ cup sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.
  4. In another large bowl, whip the remaining cream until stiff peaks form (about 2 minutes).
  5. In a separate bowl or bag, break up the Nilla Wafer cookies into small pieces and crumbs. Dice shortbread into bite-size or smaller pieces and toss in with Nilla Wafer crumbs.
  6. To assemble the trifle: In a 12-14 cup trifle dish or large bowl, spread a layer of cream on the bottom. Sprinkle a layer of the cake/cookie mixture on top, then drizzle the cooled blueberry/blackberry sauce on top (waiting until the sauce has cooled and thickened will prevent making the crumb mixture soggy). Next layer, assemble strawberries.
  7. Repeat layering steps.
  8. The last layer on top should be the crumbs mixture. Place a few decorative strawberry slices on top for aesthetics.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill for 8 hours or overnight.
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