Read With A Side Of…

Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. The holidays are upon us and my favorite dessert to make this time of year is trifle. I love the way this layered dessert looks almost as much as I love how it tastes. Here are some amazing trifle recipes for you to consider (the peanut butter fudge brownie trifle is a favorite with my friends and family):


Traditional English Trifle from The Spruce Eats

Berry Trifle from The Food Network

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Trifle from How Sweet Eats

“Summer Berry Trifle” by Istelleinad is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The best compliment to a traditional English dessert are some of my favorite recently released books based in England.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Lila Reyes had a plan in place. She was going to graduate from high school with her long term boyfriend, go to college with her best friend, while continuing to learn from her grandmother so she could one day take over the family’s bakery. Lila’s life is shaken when her grandmother dies suddenly, her boyfriend breaks up with her, and her best friend leaves to volunteer in Africa. Lila’s family becomes concerned for her after she exhibits self-destructive behavior and they insist she spends the summer with her cousin in England. Once Lila is on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean she begins to heal as she learns new secrets of baking, and makes friends, especially adorable, Orion who is spending his summer helping his family run their tea shop.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Charlie Spring is the only openly gay student at his all-male school even though he has been having a secret relationship with a classmate, Ben.  Ben turns out to not be who Charlie thought he was and Charlie severs ties with him.  Charlie’s life begins to change when he befriends popular rugby star, Nick. Nick Nelson quickly grows attached to Charlie and the two become close friends.  However, the more time they spend together their feelings grow.  Can Charlie and Nick’s friendship become more?

Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash and Lily’s relationship has survived high school but now they are together but apart as Lily stays in New York and Dash attends Oxford University in England. Lily decides she wants to spend Christmas with the boy she loves and travels to England to surprise him. As the two spend time together they realize they had grown and changed and they must decide where they want their relationship to go.

Do you have a favorite trifle recipe or is there a British based book I need to read? Add your picks to the comments sections!

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