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Raspberry/Blackberry Trifle

RASPBERRY LAYER
1 1/2 cups frozen whole raspberries
3 tablespoons sugar -- or to taste
1 tablespoon raspberry or other berry liqueur (1 to 2 tablespoons)
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen whole raspberries

BLACKBERRY LAYER
1 1/2 cups frozen whole blackberries
3 tablespoons sugar -- or to taste
1 tablespoon raspberry or other berry liqueur (1 to 2 tablespoons)
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen whole blackberries

LIGHT CUSTARD
4 1/2 cups skim milk
5 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
4 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
OR
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 medium angel food cake (about 17 ounces)
2 tablespoons raspberry or other berry liqueur


Berry Layers: Thaw 1 1/2 cups of raspberries and process in blender or food processor to make a purée. (NOTE: Measure all berries in fresh or frozen state.) Strain through a fine sieve to remove seeds. Stir in sugar and berry liqueur. Refrigerate for later use. May be made several days ahead. Follow same procedure for blackberry purée. (HINT: Pint squirt bottles are helpful tools in storing purée as well as in assembly of finished Trifle.)


Light Custard: Using double boiler, heat 4 cups milk until steam rises from the surface.


In a separate bowl, combine eggs, remaining 1/2 cup milk and 1 cup sugar. Sift in cornstarch, and whisk until well blended.


Remove scalded milk from heat, and gradually whisk in egg mixture. Return pan to top of double boiler and whisk constantly over medium heat until very thick and smooth, 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla or almond extract. Transfer to bowl, press plastic wrap onto surface, and allow to cool slightly.


Assembly: Cut cake in 1" to 2" cubes. (This can be done ahead, placing cubes in sealed plastic bag.) Arrange 1/2 the cake squares on the bottom of the trifle bowl, including any irregular shapes. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon berry liqueur and evenly distribute raspberry purée mixture over cake layer. Arrange berries evenly in a layer, especially around sides. Spoon 1/2 the custard over berries. Repeat with remaining cake, liqueur, blackberry purée, blackberries, any additional fruit and custard. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or one day ahead. Garnish with additional berries and fruit in the center just before serving.


3/4 cup serving