Strawberry champagne trifles for two.
This dessert contains my two weakness in life: vanilla pudding from the box and store-bought lady fingers. Oh oh, and CHAMPAGNE!
I keep a stash of ladyfingers in my pantry the way most people keep cake mixes–boxes upon boxes. I can always find a way to use ladyfingers in a dessert. If you’ve never had them, ladyfingers are little cake puffs that are willing to soak up any flavor you throw at them. They have a particular affinity for booze, especially Kahlua or rum in a tiramisu. Plus, they’re relatively low-sugar, and you can totally pass them off as a cookie to a toddler. Trust me, I’ve done it.
But today, we’re soaking them in champagne and layering them with strawberries that have also been soaked in champagne. Plus a vanilla pudding made with a splash of champagne. Did I mention the champagne?
These strawberry champagne trifles serve two comfortably in a mini trifle dish (I used an 8-ounce water glass!), but I think it would be awesome to double or triple the recipe and make mini shooters for a New Year’s Eve party dessert. You’re going to have leftover pudding anyway, so you may as well double the rest of the ingredients, too.
One packet of instant pudding will make 4 trifles. If you want just two servings, then use the leftover pudding to make my Small-Batch Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes. You’ll love those!
If you’re curious, the Simply Good Jello instant vanilla bean pudding is my absolute favorite. It has a very natural vanilla flavor, unlike most boxed puddings!
One final note: since we’re mixing alcohol with dairy (er, champagne with milky pudding), you’re going to want to eat these trifles within a few hours of making them.
I think that’s it! Now, go–make amazing New Year’s Eve plans that include these mini strawberry champagne trifles, and then tell me what it’s like to go out on the best night of the year. I can hardly remember since I’ve had a kid.
As for my family on New Year’s Eve, we’ll be having a slumber party with Camille and staying in. There will be a girly Disney movie, loads of popcorn and a handful of blue M&Ms (her favorite). And could someone help me explain to my California husband why Texans fire guns in the air at midnight? Thanks.
- 3.4-oz box of instant vanilla pudding
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups dry champagne
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 8 soft ladyfingers
- whipped cream, for serving
- First, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding and milk in a small bowl. The pudding box calls for 2 cups of milk, but we're only using 1 1/2 to make it thicker.
- Whisk the pudding for the full 2 minutes to thicken properly, and then place in the fridge to set.
- Meanwhile, combine the sliced strawberries and champagne in a shallow bowl. Stir to ensure every strawberry is soaking in the mixture. Set aside for at least 30 minutes, or up to 3 hours.
- When ready to assemble the trifles, have the trifle glasses ready.
- First, strain the strawberries from the champagne mixture and reserve the excess champagne.
- Remove the pudding from the fridge, and whisk in 1/4 cup of the reserved champagne mixture. Set aside.
- Dunk one ladyfinger at a time into the reserved champagne mixture very quickly (about 1 second per side), and then break it in half to fit in a single layer in the bottom. Repeat with other dish.
- Top the ladyfingers with a spoonful of strawberries, followed by a spoonful of vanilla pudding. Repeat until the glasses are full, but you will have some leftover pudding.
- Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 537 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 45mg Sodium: 3477mg Carbohydrates: 50g Sugar: 24g Protein: 13g