Easy Independence Day Trifle

  On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave” so they can begin their American Dream.

  Happy Independence Day, thanks for all who served….

God bless America!

~T

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Independence Day Trifle

adapted from a Pampered Chef recipe

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Ingredients:

1 prepared Sour Cream Angel Food Cake (13 ounces)

1 qt. fresh strawberries

3 cups fresh blueberries or blackberries

24 oz strawberry yogurt

1 pkg (3.3 oz) white chocolate instant pudding and pie filling 

2 T. Fresh lemon juice

Thawed cool whip, divided

Directions:

1. Cut cake into 1-in. cubes; set aside. Hull fresh strawberries and cut into quarters. Set aside 1 cup of the berries for garnish.

2. Whisk yogurt, pudding mix and lemon juice until smooth; immediately fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping.

3. To assemble trifle, place one-third of the cake cubes into a trifle bowl. Top with one-third of the strawberry yogurt mixture and one-third of the berries, pressing down lightly. Top with one-third of the yogurt mixture, spreading evenly. Repeat layers two times, spreading last layer evenly.

4. Top with remaining cool whip and reserved berries.  Refrigerate until serving.

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Serves 16

 

Feels Like Fall Apple Crisp(with homemade caramel sauce)

  Fall is in the air, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to make enough recipes involving apples or pumpkin.  I said OR, not AND.  Ew, pumpkin apple dessert!?  No thanks.  My apples and pumpkins like to be showcased in their OWN desserts, thank you.  🙂

  Anyhow, this simple crisp is delicious!  And the caramel sauce?  Well, that just takes it over the top!  I wish I had a photo of the finished product to show you, but alas, we gobbled it up before anyone thought to grab the camera. Oh well, maybe next time!  I did document some of the process though….did I mention these apples were picked from our very own apple tree?  First time in 8 years the weather conditions were right to allow them to turn red. Up until now, we thought there were green, tart, applesauce apples! Who knew?!

FEELS LIKE FALL APPLE CRISP  (with Homemade caramel sauce)                                                                                                                                                     

  • 10 cups Cored & Peeled Apples, Sliced In Thin Rings
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour (we Use White Wheat For Health Purposes)
  • 1 cup White Raw, Organic Sugar
  • 1 cup Old Fashion Oats
  • 2 cups White Wheat Flour (all Purpose Is Fine Too)
  • 2 cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Butter, Melted

Preheat oven to 350*.
Core, peel and slice apples.  I used this handy dandy Pampered Chef gadget called:

“The Apple Peeler Corer Slicer”   

(Say that ten times fast)

Place the sliced apple rings in a 9×13 baking dish.
Mix the white sugar, 1 T. flour, and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples.  Sprinkle with a bit of water.
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and melted butter.  Crumble evenly over apple mixture.
Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.
Serve with ice cream and homemade caramel sauce.

EASY HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE

2 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup whole milk

  Mix the sugar and condensed milk together in medium saucepan, and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved completely. Set aside.

 Melt the butter in another small saucepan, and stir in the vanilla and milk. Leave to simmer on
low heat until mixture is smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Slowly stir the butter mixture into the sugar mixture and leave to stand 3 to 5 minutes until mixture becomes thick.

Drizzle over apple crisp and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pour leftover caramel into a glass jar and store in refrigerator.  Or just grab a spoon…mmmmm!

 

Look at this apple, every mom needs one of these Pampered Chef APCS gadgets! 

My kids went NUTS over the apples I sliced them using this great invention.  There is even a way to slice the apples leaving the peel on, which I made them do, of course, since that is the healthiest part! 

Happy Baking!

~T 🙂