This recipe for strawberry praline trifle is part of the Ultimate Recipe Challenge hosted by Kim Six of The Kim Six Fix. The feature for this bi-monthly challenge is strawberries. You can see all the yummy strawberry creations at the end of this post.
When we were told that strawberries were going to be the feature I started thinking of strawberries and cream. Then I thought of pralines and cream, and then I thought, why not strawberries and pralines. So I thought a strawberry praline trifle would be fun to try and make.
Trifles seems to come in all shapes and sizes. I found a nice inexpensive clear bowl with flat sides for the trifle at Target. They did have a couple of pretty traditional glass trifle bowls but I didn’t want to spend $35 for something I wasn’t sure I would use very often.
Then all I need to do was come up with a layering scheme. I decided to use crushed cookies at the bottom. Remember Nilla wafer cookies? We use to have them a lot as kids in school. Anyway they are still on the shelves at the grocery store and make a great cookie crumble.
I couldn’t decide between pudding or whipped topping so I used both. The Praline recipe came from rosebakes.com. I liked that her recipe was an easy one and did not require using a candy thermometer or the oven. I did not make actual pralines but a layer of praline filling and used chopped pecans instead of halves. I also, (because I’m impatient), threw all the ingredients in a once but the filling turned out great and I would do it again.
The top was the most fun, creating a pattern with the berries. You can add a few blueberries to give it a patriotic look too.
Change the layers. Change the fruit. Add a layer of graham crackers. You can use chopped up candy or cookies. Chocolate chips of any flavor. Add a little liquor or coffee to the whipped topping or pudding.
Overall a very fun dessert to get creative with and impress you friends and family.
Here’s the Recipe:
- 2 large pints of fresh strawberries
- 5 oz package of vanilla instant pudding, need 3 cups of milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 8 ounce bag of chopped pecans
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup of crush vanilla cookies
- 2 containers of whipped topping, 8 ounce
- Make pudding and place in refrigerater while you make the other layers.
- Make the praline layer by combining the cream, pecans, butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla in a saucepan. Stir until everything has melted. Allow to come to a boil and continue stirring for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool while you cover a sheet pan with waxed or parchment paper.
- Pour praline mixture onto to the sheet pan and place in the freezer.
- Crush cookies and set into the bottom of your trifle bowl.
- Clean and slice berries reserving some of the best looking ones for the top.
- Add 1/2 of the pudding on top of the cookie layer.
- Add a nice layer of strawberries next about 1/2
- Add the rest of the pudding.
- Next add the 1st container of whipped topping.
- Then add all of the praline filling
- Next add 1/2 of the second container of whipped topping.
- Add another layer of strawberries.
- Add the remaining whipped topping and decorate the top with slices of strawberries in any pattern you choose.
What Else Can You Make With Strawberries?