Breakfast Berry Trifle

With layers of fruit, yogurt, fruit curd & cake, Breakfast Berry Trifle is a perfect breakfast indulgence that isn’t so guilty after all. 
With layers of fruit, yogurt, fruit curd & cake, Breakfast Berry Trifle is a perfect breakfast indulgence that isn't so guilty after all. 

The other day, I saw a beautiful blueberry lemon trifle come across my feed. And it got me thinking. Wouldn’t this be lovely as an easy, special breakfast with just a few healthy changes?

If you’ve never had trifle, it is a classic British dessert with layers of yummy things like sherry-soaked lady fingers, rich pastry cream, fruit and whipped cream.  How good is that! With layers of fruit, yogurt, fruit curd & cake, Breakfast Berry Trifle is a perfect breakfast indulgence that isn't so guilty after all. 

But for this Breakfast Berry Trifle, I wanted to do something a little healthier that would still be a treat.  Vanilla yogurt instead of pasty cream–both for the health value and ease of preparation. And at least two kinds of fruit.

For fun I used pound cake, which I had it in the freezer, though I’d go with lower calorie lady fingers or angel food cake otherwise. And finally a layer of strawberry curd for a big pop of flavor. With layers of fruit, yogurt, fruit curd & cake, Breakfast Berry Trifle is a perfect breakfast indulgence that isn't so guilty after all. 

The results were absolutely delicious with a much more brilliant flavor than that breakfast staple of yogurt and fruit.  A few more calories but as a once in awhile… I’m worth it! 

Step by Step Directions

There is no cooking so making Breakfast Berry Trifle simply a matter of chopping and assembling.  How easy is that!

To start, you cut the pound cake. Cut poundcake

Then the fruit. Cut Kumquats

Assemble the trifle layer by layer.Assemble trifle

Then top with whipped cream and lime curls.

Easy peasy!

Notes and Tips

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Trifle is typically made in a large, flat bottomed, high-sided footed glass bowl. Usually done as one large dessert, I went for an individual serving dessert today and luckily had some glasses that were pretty close. But any clear glass that will fit the layers (large wine, martini, etc) should work. Anchor Hocking does have really cute mini-trifle dishes for sale too… 

With layers of fruit, yogurt, fruit curd & cake, Breakfast Berry Trifle is a perfect breakfast indulgence that isn't so guilty after all. 

Breakfast Berry Trifle is most attractive layered in alternating colors. The one strong recommendation I have is to top the yogurt layer with the curd, so the curd has enough of a base to show through the glass and not just dribble down through the fruit.

If you aren’t familiar with fruit curds, let me assure you they are a flavor delight–kind of like good fruit jam crossed with buttercream frosting. I make strawberry curd myself, then freeze it in half or full cup sizes to have when I need it. But the commercial curds I’ve had, usually from the UK, have been delicious and are a great option too.

I just got this special peeler to make lime curls. It’s a pretty foolproof way to make a professional looking garnish. Since I have only basic decorating skills (and shaky hands), I was very happy to add something easy to my tool chest!

Substitutions are easy for this recipe.  You might change up the fruits and curd flavor based on preference or season.  Use angel food instead of Pound Cake.  Vanilla pudding instead of yogurt…

Of course, this means you can make it anytime! With layers of fruit, yogurt, fruit curd & cake, Breakfast Berry Trifle is a perfect breakfast indulgence that isn't so guilty after all. 

Breakfast Berry Trifle

Breakfast Berry Trifle

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

With layers of fruit, yogurt, fruit curd & cake, Breakfast Berry Trifle is a perfect breakfast indulgence that isn't so guilty after all. 

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of pound cake
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 2/3 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2/3 cup sliced kumquats
  • ½ cup strawberry curd
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream
  • Lime curls for garnish

Instructions

Chop pound cake into half inch pieces. Set aside.

Chop or slice both fruits.

In a serving glass, layer 1 slice chopped pound cake, 1/3 cup of first fruit, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup strawberry curd, 1/3 cup of the second fruit.

Top with a dollap of whipped cream and lime curls for garnish.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make two individual trifles.

Notes

Using angel food cake or lady fingers instead of pound cake will reduce the calories in this

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14 thoughts on “Breakfast Berry Trifle

  1. Denise

    This looks like a fantastic breakfast for a special day. I had never considered the possibility of Strawberry Curd. Thanks for including the instructions. I will definitely be making this when strawberries come in. And finally, thanks for the shout-out to Marissa of Food in Jars. She is a goddess in my book.

    1. Inger Post author

      A few years ago I participated in Marissa’s canning challenge–one different type of recipe per month. It was so much fun and really expanded my repertoire!

  2. Hezzi-D

    Love that this can be a breakfast or a dessert! I also have that little peeler and I love it for adding citrus on top of desserts or even to add bigger pieces of zest to dishes.

    1. Inger Post author

      I used to just use fine zest done with a microplane, but this is even cuter and just as easy!

    1. Inger Post author

      I think the yogurt makes it just enough healthier to use as an indulgent breakfast!

    1. Inger Post author

      Healing is progressing well, knock wood. Eating more yogurt now figuring I can use the calcium!

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