Give this American-flag themed dessert a try! This project is super fun because you get to:
- Learn how to make whipped cream
- Learn how to make Bavarian cream (yummier than whipped cream??)
- Use a pastry bag (squirt stuff out of a tube!)
- Put your name and your words on your project
- End up with a delicious and charming dessert that will wow your friends and family
Materials and tools:
– Two pastry bags with a 1/4 inch (or similar) round tips, or, a gallon zip-seal bag, tape and scissors
– Several 8-ounce regular mouth canning jars with lids
– Labels to fit your jar lids and matching skinny labels
- 1 small package instant vanilla pudding, along with ingredients to make it
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 small angelfood cake
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- ½ cup raspberry jam
- Make the pudding according to the package instructions.
- Whip the cream until it is set.
- Fold 1 cup of the pudding and the whipped cream together--this is called Bavarian cream.
- Fill a pastry bag* fitted with a ¼ inch round tip with the Bavarian cream.
- Fill a second pastry bag with a similar sized tip, with the raspberry jam.
- Cut the cake into thin slices, then cut them into rounds quite a bit smaller than the inner width of the jar.
- Cut the strawberries into thin slices.
- Now for the fun part! White layer: Start by piping in a bead of Bavarian cream (white) in the bottom inner corner of the jar. Then place a cake round in the center of the bottom of the jar and pipe a thin layer of cream over the cake.
- Red layer: Next, pipe a bead of jam (red) on the inner side of the jar right above the white layer. Place a few slices of strawberries in this layer as well.
- Alternate white and red layers until the jar is filled. Repeat with each jar.
- When your jars are full, place a flat canning lid on top and wrap a festive safety seal label from the bottom of the jar to the lid, so the two ends of this very skinny label are both on the top of the lid.
- Place a cheery 2" round label on the lid to showcase your treat, and also to cover the ends of the skinny labels.
- Screw on a metal canning ring to finish the look.
- Your mixed berry trifle is almost ready to wow your friends. Store the trifle in the fridge overnight and serve the next day.
To make a pastry bag at home:
- Tape the bottom edge and a side edge of a 1 gallon zip-seal bag together.
- Open the bag and arrange it so it is a bit like an ice cream cone opening upwards.
- Carefully drop a first spoonful of filling into the very center of the cone. Continue filling until the cone is less than half full.
- Remove as much air as possible without disturbing the filling and zip the bag closed.
- Use a clean pair of scissors to cut a small bit off the tip of the cone.
- Place the bag on a flat surface and roll the zip seal towards the filling.
- Try using the pastry bag by placing one hand over the rolled portion and another in the middle of the bag. Squeeze the bag gently (mostly with the hand over the rolled portion) to pipe some filling out of the hole. You may need to cut off a little bit more from the tip to get the right sized hole.
- Now you can use it as a pastry bag.