Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Trifle Smoothie: A Happy Accident

(Sorry, best picture I could get in a hurry to eat the deliciousness before it melted!)

I have a big container of yogurt in my fridge that needs to be used up, so I decided to make myself a smoothie for lunch. I just figured since it was vanilla yogurt, pretty much anything would go with it. So I threw in whatever I could find first in the freezer and blended it up. I swallowed my first bite. I stopped. I looked at the smoothie. I took another bite. I made my husband try a bite. We couldn't believe it! It tasted like My Grandma's English Trifle, which, if you've ever tried it, you know is one of the most delicious concoctions known to man. (And if you haven't tried it, what are you thinking?! Click on that recipe for pete's sake!)

What a fortunate accident! I will definitely be making a lot more of these before the weather gets too chilly. But first, let me share something with you about the way I make smoothies. I don't like to drink smoothies; in my book, they should be nice and thick and eaten with a spoon. And I've discovered that the way to achieve this is to have all of your ingredients except the liquid frozen. Buy a bunch of fresh fruit when it's on a good deal and freeze it yourself. Much cheaper! Use frozen yogurt if possible, too. Then add just a little bit of milk or juice.

Here's my best approximation of the ingredients:

The Trifle Smoothie

3/4 c. frozen peach slices
1/4 c. frozen raspberries
1/2 frozen banana, broken into chunks
1/2 c. vanilla yogurt
1/2 c. milk

Place all ingredients in blender and pulse. You'll have to stir things around between uses of the blender, because it really is quite thick, and in the end you'll probably still have some good-sized chunks of fruit. But that's the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) I like it! :)