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Elegant Summer Fruit Trifle with Vanilla and Cointreau

This delicious trifle combines vanilla pudding, amaretti cookies, fresh berries and a touch of orange-flavored liqueur to make it nutty, fruity, crunchy, and creamy all at once. Amaretti are almond-flavored cookies, which you can get in many grocery stores. These macaroon-type cookies are traditional to the town of Saronno, which is in Lombardy, Italy. These cookies were invented in the early eighteenth century. According to legend, a bishop from Milan visited Saronno unexpectedly and a young couple invented a sugar, egg white and crushed almond cookie especially for him. He loved them so much that he blessed the two with a long and happy marriage.

If you cannot find these cookies where you live, you can use vanilla-flavored cookies or wafers instead. If you want to make this fruit trifle in one big dish, instead of in separate serving glasses, it will be a big loose when you spoon it out, which does not affect the flavor but might affect the presentation because it might look rather sloppy. This dessert is best if you chill it overnight but make sure it has at least a couple of hours in the refrigerator, to enable the flavors to blend and to make sure the gelatin layers have set properly.

Fruit trifle recipes are often made in the summer but you can make this at any time of the year and for any occasion since they are too good to miss out on. These individual trifles are simple to make and they contain both gelatin and instant pudding. The gelatin gives color to the dessert and enhances the strawberry flavor and the pudding gives this fruit trifle recipe a rich, creamy touch.

Raspberry and Strawberry Fruit Trifle with Amaretti
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 10
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  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries plus 10 whole ones
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons Cointreau
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 package strawberry gelatin
  • 14 oz amaretti or almond cookies, broken into small pieces
  • 2 packages instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups milk
  1. Divide half the amaretti cookies between 10 serving glasses.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and then stir in the Cointreau and cold water.
  3. Chill the gelatin for half an hour, then stir in the raspberries and chopped strawberries.
  4. Whisk the milk with the vanilla pudding and divide half of it between the serving glasses.
  5. Top that with the thickened strawberry gelatin mixture.
  6. Repeat these 3 layers and top each trifle with a whole strawberry.
  7. Chill the desserts for at least 2 hours before serving.

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This elegant and colorful fruit trifle recipe combines crunchy cookie with creamy pudding and fruity gelatin, give it plenty of flavor as well as contrasting textures. If you are looking for easy fruit trifle recipes, which you can serve at a dinner party or any kind of get-together, you will like this summer fruit trifle recipe because it is simple to make but the results are spectacular. You can use Cointreau to add more flavor to the gelatin layers or any other orange-flavored liqueur. If you prefer, you can omit this ingredient. Fruit trifle recipes are really popular in the summer because they are cool, refreshing, and full of flavor.

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