Intro: How to Make a Fast and Friendly Fresh Fruit Trifle
From a barbeque to dinner parties to birthdays, Ive found fresh fruit trifle to be the way to go: its a crowd pleaser, it fits a grad student budget, and yes - its healthy (yet tasty!). A bunch of friends have already asked me for the recipe, so I figured I might as well share it at large.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients
1.5 containers of strawberries
16 oz. vanilla yogurt (1/2 of a large 32 oz. container - stonybrook is best, although anything else you like works)
16 oz. lemon yogurt
equivalent of 1 full (round) angel food cake (or any light, spongy cake, like lady fingers)
this recipe can really easily be modified for anything you have in the fridge. i've used blueberries instead of the strawberries and bananas, and also substituted the angel food cake with ladyfingers. you just need to have a certain consistency in sweetness for the fruit.
Step 2: Prepare the Strawberries
the day before serving, wash and quarter the strawberries. sprinkle liberally with sugar (however sweet you want it to be), mix in a bowl, and place them in the refrigerator overnight. [note: if you don't have time for this step, even an hour or so in the fridge will help.]
Step 3: Mix Yogurt
The day of: mix together the 2 flavors of yogurt in a separate bowl
(Note: i usually put this dessert together right before serving, to maintain its freshness.)
Step 4: Cut Up the Rest of the Ingredients
Cube the angel food cake and cut the bananas into thin slices.
Step 5: Layer the Tasty Stuff
In a medium to large glass bowl (transparent is preferable for visual effect, but any container works), lay out each ingredient to cover the area of the bowl one layer at a time in this order:
fresh fruit (don't forget the strawberries!)
[Note: Make sure to spread the yogurt so it fully covers the cake below.]
Step 6: Repeat, I Say - Repeat!
Repeat the layers until the bowl is just about full. the top layer should be fruit, and here's where you can make an aesthetically-pleasing pattern if you wish. (After all...i'm a designer.)
Step 7: Serve the Masses
Serve with a large spoon, making sure to scoop several layers at a time.