It is very important to have a special dessert for your 4th of July celebration. The 4th does not just mean the freedom of the colonies. It means the freedom we enjoy every day, and remembering how high the cost for our freedom is. Whenever you see a member of the Armed Services, thank them for their service. I say it now to any who may be reading my humble little blog: Thank you.
That said, this is one important dessert. No ready made stuff. No fake whipped cream. Just good old fashioned, honest fine ingredients to commemorate this occasion.
We are going to make a red, white, and blue trifle. A simple, delicious dessert everyone will enjoy. You don’t need a special dish… if you have a trifle bowl, great! If not, a clear glass salad bowl works too.
First we are going to bake a pound cake. Pound cake got it’s name from the recipe… a pound of each main ingredient. We are a bit more precise today. About 2 hours before making the pound cake, set out 2 sticks of butter and 4 eggs to come to room temperature. Then, into a medium bowl sift 1-1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, and 1/2t salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter til light and fluffy. Add 1C sugar and beat well. Add eggs 1 at a time and beat well after each. Beat in 2t vanilla extract. In alternating increments and beating well after each, add in the dry ingredients and 1/4C fresh lemon juice.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9″ loaf pan with cooking spray and line bottom with parchment paper and spray again. Pour batter into pan and bake 65 to 75 minutes. Center will be raised and only a few crumbs come out on cake tester. Set on wire rack to cool 10 – 15 minutes. Loosen edges with a knife and turn out onto rack. Peel off parchment paper and allow to cool completely.
To get your fruit ready, wash, hull and slice 4 pints strawberries. Add 1/4C sugar and stir to coat. Wash and pick over 2 pints blueberries. Cover both bowls and put in the fridge.
Now the totally cooled pound cake can be cut with a sharp knife into 1 inch cubes. Cover and set aside.
When you are just about ready to serve it, pour 2C very cold heavy whipping cream into a bowl. Add 1/4C sugar (confectioners or granulated) and 1t vanilla. Beat on medium high speed til peaks form and it holds it’s shape.
Grab your glass bowl and cover the bottom with cake cubes. Spread on a layer of whipped cream, followed by strawberries, blueberries, and more whipped cream. Repeat layers starting with cake cubes again. Keep repeating layers until you run out of room, or run out of stuff! Serve immediately!
I included this recipe kind of early because stores run out of strawberries and blueberries this time of year. Popular as they are in patriotic desserts! You can buy frozen, or just get yours fresh a few days early.
Get your red, white, and blue on! And if you enjoy your freedoms, thank a service person or veteran.
Love, Grammy ❤