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Kimberly Dennison, a self-taught baker and food photographer, used to find baking daunting and challenging. But everything changed when she baked her first batch of chocolate chip cookies in 2020 and realized how easy and fun it could be. As Kimberly experimented with different recipes and techniques, her passion for food photography grew alongside her love for baking. Now, she wants to inspire others to discover the same joy in baking and show that creating delicious treats with just a little patience and creativity is possible.

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Kimberly’s Fig & Nut Trifle

Yield: 4, 1 cup (8oz) servings 

Ingredients

1/2 cup (113g) cold heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup (113g) mascarpone cheese
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt 

For the Trifle

1 package of lady fingers
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 tsp orange liquer (optional)
Ziba Foods Fig Jam recipe
1/4 cup Baby Pistachio Kernels, chopped
2 tbsp Gurbandi Almonds, chopped
2 tbsp Apricot Kernels, chopped

Directions

Make the Spiced Mascarpone Cream

  1. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine all of the Spiced Mascarpone Cream ingredients. Using a hand mixer, stand mixer with the whisk attachment, or by hand, whisk the ingredients until soft peaks form, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Assemble the trifle

  1. In a 1 cup (8oz) dessert glass, slice or coarsely crumble the ladyfingers at the bottom, then pour 1 tbsp of orange juice on top. Spread 1 tbsp of fig jam on top of the ladyfingers, creating an even layer. Next, spread about 3 tbps of spiced mascarpone cream over the fig jam, thensprinkle the chopped nuts over the cream.
  2. Repeat the layering process until the dessert glass is full. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to combine.
  3. When ready to serve, top with a sprinkle of chopped nuts and optional fresh fig slice, lady finger half, or orange segments.

Fig and Nut Trifle can be stored, well covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 

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