Raspberry Trifle

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2012 at 6:46 am
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A couple months ago, my mother convinced me to watch Dancer in the Dark. I was hesitant at first – she’d told me it was a sad movie, and I was in no mood to cry. But I acquiesced.

It turns out that Dancer in the Dark is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever watched.

Such simple, unadorned editing makes the film remarkably realistic. There’s no background music save for when Selma (the main character) daydreams, no Hollywood style filming or cuts to different angles. It’s as if I’m filming Selma myself, camera set to video mode and presence kept secret. And because of that sense of intimacy, the film is all the more powerful.

Selma’s dream sequences reveal the way she perceives her world and its people –with too much faith and so much more credit than they deserve that she never quite seems connected to the same blunt reality the filming captures. Her earnestness and unfailing honesty instill a sense of resigned desperation, of repressed outrage at how ruthlessly she is wronged.

Simplicity left me stunned. It made my emotions painfully stark, painfully raw. Sometimes, it is most effective.

It’s much the same with words. In some cases, brevity is more striking – it draws people in.

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I discovered blackout poetry a few months back, but was too captivated by reading it to try my own hand at creating it until a couple of weeks ago. My friend had been carrying around on old book that the library had discarded, getting ready to transform it into an art journal by painting and cutting the pages until the book becomes something else entirely.

In a moment of inspiration, I got her permission and decided to create some art of my own.

Finding words to link together proved harder than I expected. The meaning on the page itself restricted my thinking – I kept getting caught up in the ideas already present. I learned soon after that skimming the page for interesting words and finding a separate meaning from there works best.

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Once done, it almost seemed as if the words had surfaced from the page, leaving behind them the shadow of their original meaning.

Blackout poetry is such a simple way of expressing an idea, of finding unrelated meaning in a text by ridding it of everything but the words needed to form an idea.

The raspberry trifle I’ve made twice this week (experimenting with different berries each time) conveys the same sense of simplicity. It tastes of berries and sugar, of cream and oranges. It is the result of my time wanting nothing but the bare minimum.

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Raspberry Trifle
Family recipe

2 egg yolks
2 egg whites
1/3 cup sugar
250 grams mascarpone cheese (can substitute Greek yogurt for a lighter version)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
About 18  Savoiardi lady fingers
1/2 cup orange juice
18 oz fresh or frozen raspberries

Set aside a medium sized serving dish (8×8 works well).
Pour the orange juice into a shallow bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar until combined.

In a separate, larger bowl, beat the mascarpone with a spoon until it is smooth and no lumps remain. Fold the egg mixture and the mascarpone together.

In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Be careful not to overbeat it, as it can become dry and lumpy very quickly.

Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture, and set aside.

To assemble the trifle, dip 9 lady fingers into the orange juice, for about one second per side. The cookies should become soft but should not be soggy. Place the cookies side by side in the dish, breaking the cookies (if necessary) to cover the entire base. Sprinkle a couple handfuls of raspberries over the cookies to form the second layer, and then spoon over half of the mascarpone mixture, using a spatula to spread it evenly. Repeat with the remaining cookies, berries, and mascarpone.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight.

To serve, garnish the top with more raspberries, or sprinkle with grated chocolate.

  1. Beautiful dessert! I love simple recipes like this!

  2. Hello Adriana!
    Whoa, you’re so young! And I love that you love to bake. 🙂
    Thanks for the simple raspberry trifle recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it 🙂
    If you don’t mind, can I submit your raspberry trifle’s photo in ?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you’d like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.


  3. This looks delicious! I love the blackout poetry idea, too – I haven’t seen it before. I am a teenage baker as well (at, and have started a group on facebook for teenage baking bloggers. We would love it if you would join us!

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