Yield: 16 pint mason jars
Custard (see previous post)
Whipped Cream (homemade or in a can)
1 package lady fingers (I use Flora Savolardi Lady Fingers 14oz, 400 g)
1 cup Cointreau (orange liqueur or triple sec)
3 tablespoons dark rum
1 cup cream sherry
1 cup nut liquor (hazelnut or almond; Frangelico or Amaretto)
4 cups jam (I used strawberry/raspberry)
1 1/2 pounds sliced strawberries (or other fruit)
Almond slivers (optional)
Add the rum to the Cointreau. Soak a third of the lady fingers in the mixture. *Once the liqueur has absorbed, cut each lady finger into thirds. Press into the bottom of a mason jar. Top with a teaspoon of jam. Top with sliced strawberries. Press down lightly. Add enough custard to cover the bottom layer, about 1 1/2 tablespoons. Gently tap the mason jar on a table/counter to help it settle.
Soak a third of the lady fingers in the cream sherry. Repeat *.
Soak the last of the lady fingers in Frangelico. Repeat *.
Decorate the top with strawberry slices. Put on the cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Decorate with whipped cream and some slivered almonds prior to serving.
If everyone is too full after Christmas dinner, they can take home a trifle for later.
I wrapped the Mason Jar box in wrapping paper for easy transportation/decoration.
This recipe can be made in a traditional trifle or glass bowl instead of mason jars.
The jam and strawberries can be substituted with any fruit or any combination of fruit.
The three liqueurs can be substituted for your favorite booze combination.
I made a couple of non-alcoholic jars. I substituted the orange juice for the Cointreau and rum, the sherry with watered down jam with a teaspoon of sugar, and the Fangelico with watered down jam with a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of almond extract.