Make these luscious layered desserts in almost any dish you have on hand.

Recipe:Strawberry-Sugar Biscuit TrifleEverything about this decadent dessert screams Southern, so it is best to simply go with it and enjoy how delicious it is. From the sugar-topped—and aptly named—Sugar Biscuits, to the fresh strawberries bathed in rich Trifle Custard, this could well be the ultimate Southern dessert. Serve this at your next gathering and it's sure to be a hit. How could it possibly miss? It has the great, rich flavor of biscuits that have been sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon; a custard made with egg yolks, half-and-half, and milk; and two-and-a-half pounds of strawberries. That is a whole lot of fresh fruit. This is a sweet, seasonal treat in every decadent, delicious bite.

Trifles With a Twist Recipes:

Intimidated by the thought of making a trifle? Chill out--they're really easy. Find a glass salad bowl, wine goblets, or just a big ol' mixing bowl, and give these layered desserts a try.

Lorraine Schumacher of Glendale, Missouri, stepped out of the box--or trifle dish, as the case may be--with a clever makeover that she calls Jumbleberry Trifle. The classic version of the dessert combines sherry-soaked pound cake with cooked custard and fruit. Lorraine created her version by layering bite-size pound cake sandwiches with a two-ingredient, no-cook custard and a sauce prepared from frozen fruits.

Inspired by Lorraine's creativity, Test Kitchens professional Laura Martin and I were off and layering. We combined rum-soaked pound cake with tropical fruits and strawberries with sugared biscuits. The results were wonderful. For chocolate lovers, reader Sara Nichols offers a recipe combining brownies with white chocolate pudding. No matter which trifle you make, be sure to chill it well--this allows the flavors to blend together.

Which Dish?
Trifle recipes traditionally prepared in a large bowl can be assembled in individual serving glasses. Look under the recipe title for the number of servings; you'll need about that many glasses. For example, if the recipe makes 12 servings, you'll need 12 glasses.

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