Summer Fruit Trifles Summer Fruit Trifles

Author: Canadian Living

The vivid colours and flavours of cherries and summer berries dazzle both the eye and the palate.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: July 2003


  • 4 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberry
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely crumbled amaretti cookie (5 oz/150 g)
  • 8 red currants or other berries and edible flowers (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup 10% cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Custard: In heavy saucepan, bring milk, cream, sugar and cornstarch to simmer over medium heat; simmer, whisking often, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk one-quarter into egg yolks; whisk back into pan and simmer, stirring, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 1 minute. Strain through fine sieve into bowl; stir in vanilla. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan, bring cherries, granulated sugar and half of the amaretto liqueur to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove cherries; boil liquid until syrupy, about 15 minutes. Return cherries to syrup. Pour into bowl; let cool.

In separate bowl, mix together sour cream, mascarpone cheese, icing sugar and lemon rind until smooth; set aside.

In another bowl, combine raspberries, blueberries and remaining amaretto liqueur; set aside.

Into each of 8 glasses, spoon scant 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the cherry mixture. Layer with 2 tbsp (25 mL) each mascarpone mixture, cookies, custard and berry mixture; top with remaining cookies and cherry mixture. Dollop with remaining mascarpone mixture. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.) Top with currants and flowers (if using).

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 79 mg
  • Protein 6 g
  • Calories 419.0
  • Total fat 21 g
  • Cholesterol 125 mg
  • Saturated fat 13 g
  • Total carbohydrate 53 g


  • Iron 6.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Calcium 10.0
  • Vitamin A 11.0
  • Vitamin C 20.0
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Summer Fruit Trifles