Sparkling, sugared fresh cranberries make a pretty garnish. Wet the cranberries, then roll them in sugar and let them dry. Carefully arrange the sugared cranberries in clusters accented with mint leaves.
Trifle is a classic English recipe, so named because it's easy to put together. Traditionally, trifle consists of liqueur-soaked sponge cake or ladyfingers layered with jam, custard and whipped cream. The dessert is assembled in a tall glass dish to show off its elegant layers, and it's garnished with candied fruit, nuts or shaved chocolate. This holiday trifle is made with gingerbread.
Use one cup of frozen nondairy whipped topping in place of the whipped cream. Thaw the topping before combining it with the pudding.
Trifle is an easy, make-ahead dessert that's very impressive - perfect for entertaining. Its flavors improve in the refrigerator overnight; prepare the trifle a day in advance and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
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