I LOVE holiday weekends! It gives me the chance to get a little creative in the kitchen. I am the QUEEN of the trifle. I make it a number of ways (including Oreos) – but today it was all about the berry. Red, White and Blue!!

Here are two variations of dessert using the same ingredients. Choose whichever you like.

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Lemon Berry Trifle (ala Paula Deen)

  • 2 (24.2 ounce) tubs of ready to eat cheesecake filling – *Editor’s note: Couldn’t find that so I used the Jello boxed version. You have to mix with milk and let stand for a while. The top layer looks watery because I got impatient. Let it sit before you pour into trifle.
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd
  • 2 boxes of vanilla wafers – crushed
  • 6 cups of fresh berries (have more on hand just to be safe and don’t use blackberries – what a mess!)

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In a large bowl, combine cheesecake filling and lemon curd. Since I had to make the cheesecake filling with the Jello mix, I followed those instructions first and then remixed with curd at the end. Please let it sit for a few minutes before you attempt to place in trifle bowl. While you are waiting, crush the vanilla wafers. Instead of taking them out of the bag and making a huge mess, I just crush while in the bag.

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Wash berries and cut up strawberries. I also added blackberries – DO NOT add blackberries. Holy MESSY!

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Start to assemble. Cheesecake, wafers and then berries. Unfortunately, I only had one box of wafers – so my final product is missing a layer. You get the point though. Refrigerate at least an hour and serve! YUM!

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I had some cheesecake filling left over so I decided to make a flag with mini phyllo pastry cups (found in freezer section of market). I saw something in a recent Food Network Magazine that gave me this great idea. Just in case someone wasn’t into lemon, I decided to make some with a different filling. For the second filling, I mixed a container of marscarpone cheese and 4 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

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Then I folded in a few tablespoons of CoolWhip. The color was noticeably different – so you should stick to one or the other. Doing both is great to please the crowd, but it really messes up the look of the flag!

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Either way – these are SUPER easy 4th of July recipes to share with your friends!

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Email me! I’d love an invite inside your kitchen.

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