Raspberry White Chocolate and Almond Trifle

3½ c. chilled heavy whipping cream
7 oz. crisp ladyfinger cookies
1 c. raspberry jam
12 oz. high quality white chocolate (like Lindt brand)
18 oz. frozen unsweetened raspberries
1¼ tsp. almond extract
6 oz. fresh raspberries
½ c. sugar
¾ c. sliced almonds
½ c. water.

Chop the white chocolate. Bring 1 cup cream to simmer in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Add the chopped white chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool about 10 minutes. Beat 2½ c. cream and ½ tsp. almond extract to soft peaks. Fold in the white chocolate mixture. Stir sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar melts. Mix in ¾ tsp. almond extract; remove from heat. Set the frozen raspberries out to partially thaw. Quickly submerge 1 ladyfinger in the syrup; shake off excess. Place the dipped ladyfinger in the bottom of a 14-cup trifle dish. Repeat with enough ladyfingers to cover the bottom of the dish. Melt the raspberry jam over low heat in a saucepan. Spread 1⁄3 of the melted jam over the ladyfingers in the dish. Top with 1⁄3 of the partially thawed raspberries using the juice. Spread 1⁄3 whipped cream mixture over the raspberries. Repeat the layers 2 more times. Mound the fresh raspberries in the center of the trifle. Sprinkle almonds around the edge. Cover and chill at least 5 hours and up to 24 hours.

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