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This easy to prepare dessert can be prepared ahead, and is delicious and impressive.  You can make it fat-free, although it's high in sugar.  It's a sweet dish for St. Valentine's Day.

 

Cherry Trifle

1 can cherry pie filling
1-1/2 cups water (divided)
1 3-oz cherry gelatin dessert
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 angel food cake
8 oz. frozen whipped topping, lite or fat-free

For faster preparation, place unopened can of pie filling in refrigerator several hours or a day ahead of time.

Place 1/2 cup water in a microwave-proof bowl.  Heat, stirring occasionally until all gelatin is dissolved.  (Or dissolve on the stovetop.)

Add 1 cup cold water (you may use some ice cubes and fill the measuring cup on up with cold water).  Stir into the gelatin; if using ice cubes, stir until they dissolve.  Add almond extract and lemon juice.

Place cherry pie filling in another bowl.  Stir in the gelatin little by little.  Place in refrigerator until it starts to jell but still isn't quite set. 

With a bread knife or other serrated knife, cut angel cake into 3/4" to 1" slices, then into cubes.  Place a third of the cake cubes in a dish, cover with a third of the cherry mixture, and repeat, finishing with the last third of cherry mixture.   Return to the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Serve in attractive dessert dishes with a dollop of whipped topping.

 

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