Red Raspberry Holiday Trifle


1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar,
divided as noted in directions

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup raspberry jam

4 cups raspberries

2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 pounds favorite pound cake


In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, and lemon juice to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool.

In a small bowl, combine jam with 3 cups raspberries, mashing slightly.

In a large bowl, whip cream and 2 tablespoons sugar to stiff peaks.

Slice pound cake 3/4 inch thick; brush both sides of slices with lemon syrup.

Fit 1/3 of slices snugly in the bottom of a 4-quart trifle dish or other glass bowl, trimming edges if necessary.

Gently spread top of layer with 1/3 of raspberry mixture, and then 1/3 of whipped cream.

Repeat to make two more layers; garnish with remaining cup raspberries.

Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.

Makes 10 servings.