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Thursday, August 29, 2013


Specialty desserts, such as the elegant English Trifle, can contain a whopping 600 calories per serving.  Rather than avoid these treats altogether, it’s more sensible to eat them in moderation in lower-calorie forms.  The Springtime English Trifle trims the calories by substituting low-fat ingredients and using less sugar than the traditional recipe.

Springtime English Trifle

1 qt. strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced (reserve some whole for garnish)
2 T. sugar
15 oz. angel food cake, crust trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 T. Triple Sec or liqueur of your choice (amaretto, Frangelico), divided
2 T. slivered almonds, divided
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) vanilla pudding mix, prepared using 2 c. skim milk

In a large bowl, place the sliced strawberries and sprinkle with the sugar.  Gently toss to coat. 
Line the bottom of a glass serving  bowl with half of the cake cubes.  Sprinkle the cake with 1 ½ T. of the liqueur.

Layer half the strawberry mixture and 1 T. of the almonds on the cake cubes.  Layer half of the prepared pudding over the strawberries and almonds.  Repeat the layers using the remaining cake, liqueur, strawberries, almonds and pudding.  Cover and chill for 3 to 4 hours.  Garnish with the remaining whole strawberries.

Nutrition Information:  per 1/10 recipe
Calories 242, Total fat 1 g, Saturated fat trace g, Cholesterol 1 mg, Sodium 223 mg, Carbohydrate 51 g, Fiber 1.5 g, Sugar 14 g, Protein 7 g 

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