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Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle
1 1/2 pounds raspberries or strawberries
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
1/4 cup cold water
16 ounces mascarpone cheese
2 cups cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
20 to 24 ladyfingers
3/4 pound blueberries
In a medium bowl, combine berries with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and water (if using strawberries, mince up into small pieces first). With the back of a fork, lightly mash berries to release their juices and let sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together mascarpone and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Whisk in cream, vanilla, and a pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes.
Cut one or two pieces parchment 1 inch taller than side of an 8-inch springform pan and line inside of pan. Place half the ladyfingers in pan and top with half the berry mixture (you are going to have to cut up the ladyfingers so they fit, as shown above). With a small offset or rubber spatula, spread half the whipped cream over berries. Tap pan gently on counter to remove air bubbles. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers, berries, and whipped cream. Top with blueberries and refrigerate until whipped cream is stiff and cookies have softened, about 3 hours (or, tightly cover with plastic, up to 3 days. To serve, unmold trifle and peel away parchment.