Summon Spring with a Sunny Trifle

In Minnesota, March usually comes in like a lion. And, more often than not, goes out like a lion with a lot of lion in between. In other words, it's still cold here. While people in other parts of the country are starting to post photos of crocuses and cherry blossoms, we northerners are still zipping up the parkas and hoisting our snow shovels.

Winter starts to feel pretty long, you know?

Around this time of year, I get restless for reminders that spring really is coming … eventually. One way I scratch that itch is by indulging in something lemony. Lemons are the color of sunshine, after all, and there's just something about citrus that feels fresh and light and, well, summery.

That's why I was excited when Tastefully Simple brought back Sunny Lemon™ Pound Cake & Icing Mix this Spring-Summer season. Even the name summons a bright, warm feeling in this season when real sunshine tends to be scarce. It's a delightful product on its own, but I decided to ratchet up the springtime vibe by dressing it up with something fruity and sweet and kind of … fluffy. Thus was born the idea for berry lemonlicious trifle.

Apparently, an authentic English trifle involves layers of sherry-soaked ladyfingers, jelly and something called "pourable custard." Not really what I had in mind. So the version I put together is, literally, a trifle different. It comes together easily, looks pretty in a clear, glass trifle bowl and tastes light (even if the actual calorie count would argue otherwise!).

This would be a lovely dessert for Easter or any spring season gathering – or, when faced with a forecast of eight inches of new snow on a blustery March day, just a little sweet comfort and a promise of warmer days to come.

- kgm

Tips & Hints:

  • Refrigerate several hours before serving to allow flavors to blend.
  • Chill the mixing bowl and whip/beaters prior to whipping cream.
  • Lighten up the fluff by using sugar-free pudding mix and whipped topping.

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