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Sadly, summer is coming to an end—but there is just enough time to make one last trifle. A trifle is a classic British dessert made up of layers of fruit, cake, and custard, and often, but not always, some sort of liquor. One of the older desserts that still enjoys popularity today, trifles have been served since the 1500's.
In my opinion an assortment of berries make the best fruit to use for a trifle. Slightly tart but still sweet, and just acidic enough to contrast the richness of the custard, the last of the summer berries do well here. This trifle recipe uses what seems like an extraordinary amount of berries, but once they are all nestled snug in their custard you will understand why it's important not to skimp. Using a store bought pound cake will work; it cuts down on the clean up, and once it's soaked in sherry and berry juice, the usual signifiers of a store bought cake are well disguised.