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A taste of spring: Strawberry and apricot trifle

What I love about trifle is that every trifle is different because depending on the time of year, the fruits and the flavours can vary tremendously. This trifle tastes just like end of spring to me because I used the first berries of the Quebec strawberry crop. This early in the season, they are gorgeously red, firm, and delightfully tangy. The apricots (though imported from Frog Hollow Farm in California) are also best this time of year. In winter, I make an cranberry eggnog trifle that is perfect for the colder months, less appropriate for spring and summer. 
 
 
Baskets of strawberries and apricots
 
The perfect bite of trifle features all its components: boozy cake, fruit, and whipped cream. You need to literally dig deep to get it all in every bite. It’s one of the best desserts for the spring-summer season because trifle is a great way of fancying up the fresh fruits of the season, without cooking them down or overpowering them with sugar. After eating a helping of trifle, I think it might actually be my favourite spring-summer dessert. Seriously! In my family, every trifle starts with a warm milk sponge cake, but if you’re pressed for time, buy a sponge cake at the grocery store. It’ll work just fine and nobody will notice. 
 
Components for assembling a trifle: sliced sponge cake, sliced strawberries, whipped cream, and chopped apricots
 
Some trifles include pastry cream or custard (like this vanilla bean pastry cream), but in the hot summer months, you might not feel like going to that trouble and that’s okay. So in this recipe, I used a whipped mascarpone filling instead.
 
Portion of trifle in a glass with layers of berries, cake, and cream
 
 

Strawberry and apricot trifle

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword strawberry apricot trifle
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Janice

Ingredients

Spiked whipped mascarpone

  • 250 grams (1 cup) mascarpone 
  • 188 mL (¾ cup) whipping cream (35 % fat)
  • 50 grams (¼ cup) granulated sugar 
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) sweet liqueur like sherry, amaretto, or Gélinotte

Trifle assembly

  • 1 warm milk sponge cake sliced or broken into pieces for layering, or store-bought sponge cake works too!
  • More booze I used Gélinotte again, but sherry is great!
  • 6 apricots diced
  • 400 grams fresh strawberries hulled and diced or sliced if small

Instructions

Spiked whipped mascarpone

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the mascarpone, cream, and sugar on low to combine, then increase the speed to whip it into soft or semi-stiff peaks (as you like, basically, just don’t overwhip it).

Trifle assembly

  • You will need 6 wide-rimmed Mason jars or wide-rimmed glasses
  • Fit a layer of cake in the bottom of each jar or glass.
  • Sprinkle the cake with a teaspoon or so of booze.
  • Top with a spoonful or two of fruits.
  • Add a scoop of mascarpone cream.
  • Repeat steps 1 to 4 so that you have two layers of everything. Don’t be shy to press down a little.
  • Top the final cream layer with a pretty berry. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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apricots, berries, booze, fruit, stone fruits, strawberries

19 Responses to A taste of spring: Strawberry and apricot trifle

  1. Kim - Liv Life June 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM #

    This trifle is simply beautiful. We are still waiting on spring-like weather here… we were teased, then the marine layer of fog came in and has left us drizzly, chilly and gray for days.
    Apricots and strawberries are two of my all time favorites and a perfect combo. Nicely done!

  2. Parsley Sage June 10, 2011 at 4:03 PM #

    Gorgeous booze cake! Those apricots looks like they smell like heaven 🙂 Buzzed!

  3. Torviewtoronto June 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM #

    this looks wonderfully delicious lovely trifle

  4. Erin June 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM #

    Oh yum!! Boozy cake? Fruit? Cream? I want this for dessert tonight!

  5. Sabrina June 11, 2011 at 12:53 AM #

    this is soooo cute!!! I love all your flavors here! We had a very short lived spring as well!

  6. thehungryartist June 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM #

    I love your simple vanilla cake! And what a great idea to spike the mascarpone. Looks fabulous!

  7. Roxana GreenGirl June 12, 2011 at 6:33 PM #

    peach, strawberry, mascarpone, oh yes! yes! yes!
    your trifle looks amazing, you’d love to dig in.
    Thanks for sharing

    Happy Sunday

  8. [email protected] June 12, 2011 at 7:10 PM #

    The trifle sounds terrific!! And the photos are beautiful!

  9. El June 13, 2011 at 3:14 AM #

    Looks delicious. Great photos too.

  10. Valerie June 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM #

    That looks delicious! I am used to see the chocolate version, but i looove yours!

  11. Jan June 18, 2011 at 1:07 PM #

    @Valerie Oh my! I’ve never made a chocolate trifle before. That must be great!

  12. Bruce November 8, 2011 at 9:12 AM #

    Wow, this trifle looks yummy, thanks for sharing
    Christmas Trifle Recipes

  13. Louisa Rodrigues September 5, 2019 at 7:34 AM #

    Love, Love, Love!!!!!!!

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