Health and Safety

Bastille Day Trifle with Chef Marc Sievers

Let’s celebrate Bastille day with a fabulous trifle!

Ingredients (serves 6 - 8)

  • Pound Cake – store-bought, sliced ½-inch thick
  • Framboise – ½ cup, divided
  • Raspberry Preserves – 12 ounces, Bonne Maman recommended
  • Blackberries – 12 ounces, divided
  • Raspberries – 12 ounces, divided
  • Blueberries – 12 ounces, divided
  • Strawberries – 8 ounces, ¾-inch diced
  • Heavy Cream – 1 quart, very cold
  • Lemon Zest – 1 large lemon
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon, granulated
  • Sea Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Lemon Curd – 13 ounces, store-bought, Bonne Maman recommended


Using ¼ cup of framboise, evenly drizzle one cut side of each slice of pound cake.  Evenly spread the preserves onto the same cut side of each slice.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, add six ounces of blackberries and six ounces raspberries.  Using a dinner fork, gently smash the berries.  Add six ounces of blueberries, the cut strawberries, and remaining ¼ cup of framboise and stir together.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the heavy cream, lemon zest, sugar, and salt.  Cover the mixer with a clean kitchen towel (to prevent the cream from splattering everywhere!), and gradually raise the speed to high.  Whip for 45 seconds, or until the cream forms soft peaks.

In a small bowl, add the lemon curd and 1 cup of the whipped cream.  Stir together, then gently fold the mixture into the remaining whipped cream.

To assemble the trifle, spoon a layer of the lemon whipped cream into a large glass bowl.  Add a layer of pound cake, breaking the slices into pieces to fit.  Then add a layer of berries and their juices.  Continue to make 2 more layers, finishing with a layer of lemon whipped cream.

Dress the top of the trifle with the remaining raspberries and blueberries to resemble the French flag.  Serve within 30 minutes.

Kitchen Tip: If you want to make your own pound cake, here is my recipe for Lemon Pound Cake.  The recipe makes two; one for now and one for breakfast during the week!

If you would like to get a signed copy of Marc Siever’s cookbook, click here.

To find out what else is happening at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for Bastille Day, click here.

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