Monday, May 30, 2011

* Memorial Day Dessert *

  Happy Memorial Day to everyone! Hope your weekend was safe & relaxing...We just got back last night from a beach vacation; so we're feeling pretty well rested. Now to just get back into the swing of things :/
  We got invited to a cookout for this evening & everyone was supposed to bring a dish to go with the meat that was provided. Since my in-laws have a big strawberry patch I decided to make something with strawberries. Also wanted it to be something on the lighter side since it was very warm & humid today.
  I have eaten this dessert before, but have never made it so I went looking for the recipe, found it in my collection & went to work....

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 pint whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbls sugar
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese & confectioner's sugar; add sour cream, vanilla & almond extract. Set aside. Whip the cream, vanilla & sugar. Fold into the cream cheese mixture.
1 angel food cake, torn into bite- sized pieces
2 qts fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
3 tbls sugar
3 tbls almond extract
Add the angel food cake pieces to the cream cheese mixture. Combine the strawberries, sugar & almond extract. Layer in a large glass bowl starting with strawberries & then cake mixture. Continue layering, finishing with strawberries. Cover & chill well.

 Wanting to make it a little more festive I added blueberries & chopped fresh mint as well. I put the mint on top of the strawberries & the blueberries on top of the cake layers. I didn't finish with a layer of strawberries like the recipe says, just saved a few to dress up the top. 

  It did look festive & tasted yummy too. ( well I thought so anyway; Daren had to miss the cookout because he was on shift today, so I didn't get his opinion. :) )
Happy Monday!

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