I’m so happy berries are finally in season! For the past couple of weeks we have just been annihilating as many as possible straight from the container – 2 pounds of blueberries only last a couple days around here. But, I’ve been yearning to use the new mini trifle dishes I scored from the Crate and Barrel outlet store during our trip to Portland, so I finally managed to set some fruit aside to use in these blueberry lemon trifles.
Lemons and blueberries are just made for each other. The trifles contain layers of a creamy lemon custard (well, it’s technically not a custard but it tastes just as indulgent as one – I simply mixed thick Greek yogurt with a bit of lemon curd from Trader Joe’s), a homemade blueberry sauce, fresh blueberries, and chunks of soft sugar cookies full of lemon zest, almond extract, and dried blueberries – SO good! I split an 8×8-inch pan of cookies into just 6 trifles, but if you want a lighter dessert you can certainly use less. These cute little desserts are perfect to enjoy at a summer dinner party because you can make all the components in advance and just assemble them right before serving.
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Blueberry Lemon Trifles
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
For Trifle Assembly:
3 cups vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
6 tablespoons lemon curd
3 cups blueberries
To make the cookies, heat oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Mix in egg and almond extract; stir in flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt until soft dough forms. Stir in dried blueberries. Spread dough in bottom of a greased 8×8-inch square pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown on the edges and a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour, and cut into 64 squares (you’ll have 4 leftover for nibbling!).
To make the blueberry sauce, place blueberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in a small nonstick pan over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and berries have broken down. Let cool about 10 minutes and then pulse in a food processor until smooth, about 10 seconds.
To assemble the trifles, whisk yogurt and lemon curd in a large bowl until smooth. Spread a thin layer of yogurt over the bottom of six mini trifle dishes. Top with five squares of cookie, a bit of blueberry sauce and some fresh blueberries. Layer once more the yogurt, five squares of cookie, a bit of blueberry sauce, and some fresh blueberries. Top with remaining yogurt, blueberry sauce, and garnish with fresh blueberries. Makes 6 trifles.
Nutrition: 564 calories, 22.5g fat, 3.8g fiber, 16.0g protein per trifle
Cost: $2.10 per trifle