Recipe of the Week: Banana Berry Valentine Trifle

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching so it’s time to start thinking of what to cook for those special someone’s in your life. Alex and Soph are kind of sweet for sweets, but I’m really trying to cut back the sugar and improve the nutritional value of the food we’re eating. Soooo, we decided that our Valentines Specialty for this year was going to be a little sweet and a little healthy (or at least not so unhealthy 😉 ) and here’s what we came up with–presenting our Banana Berry Valentine Trifle!!!

It’s super delicious–if you need evidence, here’s Alex and Soph devouring it after we filled the demonstration for 2 Kids Cooking TV–We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Banana Berry Valentine Trifle
1 Angel food cake (we used a store-bought one, but you could make your own)
2 to 4 cups of fresh strawberries (we used about 2 1/2 cups, but you can use more)
2 whole bananas (we used 1, but you could use more)Whipped Cream (we used store-bought, but you could make your own)

Custard
1/8 tsp salt
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 cups whole milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 Tablespoon butter
1 banana, mashed

Custard Instructions
In a saucepan, mix all of the dry ingredients together. Slowly stir in the milk and heat it until the it’s hot, but not boiling. Temper the eggs by slowly stirring some of the hot liquid into the eggs to bring them to temperature without cooking them. Then, add the egg/liquid mixture back into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Next stir in the vanilla, butter and the mashed banana. Let the mixture cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients for the trifle.

Assembly
Before compiling your trifle, cut the berries into quarters and cut the angel food cake into bite-size pieces. Once the custard has cooled, you’ll be ready to assemble!

Start by layering 1/3 of the cake on the bottom of your trifle bowl. The next layer is 1/3 of the custard and then 1/3 of the berries. Continue this layering 2 more times. Top it with your whip cream and some additional berries for decoration. Serve immediately.

You can watch Alex and Soph demonstrate the recipe on Two Kids Cooking TV!

Happy Valentines Day All!

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