A Dessert to be Trifled with

A little while ago I was only aware of the word trifle to mean something inconsequential, and insignificant – “it’s naught but a trifle” seemed the airy dismissal of fairies, kings, and folk far from my experiences.

‘I do not know what they may contain, but as they are of no use to me, you are welcome to have them for a trifle.’
via Project Gutenberg ‘The Story of Caliph Stork.’

But then I started seeing these stunning desserts popping up everywhere on Pinterest before the Fourth of July, and I discovered there was an entirely different meaning for the word Trifle and it was a whole lot sweeter.

Trifles are desserts made with cake, custard or pudding, fruit, and whipped cream.  The ingredients are layered in a clear bowl and chilled overnight.  That list of ingredients is hardly prescriptive however, as you can make trifles with brownies, chocolates, liquor, jello, and pretty much any other sweet confection your heart (and stomach) might desire.

And because trifles are made with layers – to celebrate archaeology month this July, we bloggers had to have a Layers Party, to make and sample trifles, as well as a few other layered foods, like seven layer bean dip (plenty of farm share veggies in there!) and a version of eggplant parmesan.  What a great way to celebrate summer!

Ingredients for Madelene’s Triple Chocolate Banana Trifle

Ready to Layer the Ingredients

The beautiful finished trifle, recipe posted here

Seven layer bean dip: featured farm veg – tomatoes, cilantro, peppers, scallions

Layered zucchini, eggplant, Parmesan cheese, and tomato sauce

Individual Trifle with cookie crumb, chocolate pudding, blueberries, and whipped cream

Marta, Madelene, and Beth enjoying food, friendship, and of course, those delicious Trifles


6 responses to “A Dessert to be Trifled with

  1. Pingback: Recipe: Triple Chocolate Banana Trifle « Connect Shore·

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