This grain-free dessert will make a smashing 4th of July grande finale! The festive layers of red, white and blue will wow friends and family! It’s grain-free and only sweetened with 100% pure maple syrup so everyone can dig in without regret.
A trifle has its origins in England. It’s a layered dessert usually consisting of thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or gelatin and whipped cream. Due to some of our family’s dietary restrictions, I omitted the cake and loaded on more creamy custard!
No one complained! In fact, it got rave reviews, “You’re the best cook Mom!” so, I think it’s worth making!
This recipe was partially adapted from the cookbook Nourishing Traditions.
Mix gelatin with water and dissolve over low heat.
Place egg yolks, maple syrup and vanilla in a food processor or blender.
Process until smooth. With motor running, pour in gelatin mixture and process briefly. Place food processor bowl or blender and its contents in refrigerator while completing the next steps.
With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with a pinch of sea salt.
Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
In a separate bowl, beat the cream until softly stiff.
Return food processor bowl or blender with gelatin mixture to the machine and pulse briefly. Fold gelatin mixture into cream.
Fold this mixture into the egg whites. Chill for 2 hours or until spongy and firm.
Fill a trifle bowl (I found mine at Wal-Mart for $7) with a bottom layer of sliced strawberries.
Next add a thick layer of creamy custard. Top with blueberries. Add another layer of creamy custard. (You can get a feel for the texture of the creamy custard from this photo).
Form another layer of sliced strawberries. Top with whipped cream. Whip 1 cup of heavy cream with a splash of vanilla and honey to sweeten. Here’s my exact recipe for whipped cream with natural sweetener.
Chill until ready to serve. You can also make individual trifles using dessert cups. ice cream glasses, drinking goblets or mini trifle bowls (also available at Wal-Mart for $1 each).
Happy 4th of July from our home to yours!
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