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A Trifle Rushed

4 Star, Dessert | 3rd August 2014 | By

When CT requested a trifle for his birthday, I was just a little relieved. Time and I don’t seem to get on so well these days and the day before his birthday was a particularly busy one. I’d been concerned that I might not be able to fit a cake in, but a mere trifle?

A while back I’d put a bag of chocolate madeleines I’d made (minus the chilli) in the freezer for just such an occasion. Hooray, no cake baking required. Normally, I would make custard for a trifle, but shop bought ones are quite respectable now so I could see the way that was heading. As for the fruit, that was easy. It was summer and flavoursome local Cornish strawberries and raspberries were in abundance. A half used punnet of blueberries was sitting in the fridge calling to be included, along with a bottle of rose syrup telling me it had been under-utilised this summer. So simple. All I had to do was  buy some cream, custard and fruit from the local greengrocers and assemble.

The trifle was a roaring success. CT reckoned it was the best birthday cake ever. The sponge had soaked up all the syrupy rose fruit juices and alcohol and it all worked symbiotically together to make a beautiful whole. We had it for a birthday breakfast before leaving for the day and had some for a late supper when we got home too. With all that fruit in it, it somehow felt a little less naughty than it really was, so we were able to indulge in a suitably carefree manner.

This post title is in part a tribute to Jude’s blog A Trifle Rushed. I thought the name was a good one and was rather sad to see it change. She must have thought so to as she’s reverted it back again. Her blog all about home cooking in England and simple seafood cooking in Brittany.

Summer Berry Rose Trifle
Serves 8
Chocolate sponge covered with rose infused strawberries, blueberries and raspberries then smothered with custard and cream, this makes for an easy but indulgent summer dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 12 chocolate madeleines (or sponge of choice)
  2. 250g blueberries โ€“ washed
  3. 500g strawberries โ€“ washed and halted or quartered (according to size)
  4. 250g raspberries
  5. 3 tbsp rose syrup (or cordial of choice)
  6. 3 tbsp rose liqueur (or use substitute with more rose syrup)
  7. 500 ml custard
  8. 300 ml double cream
Instructions
  1. Marinade the strawberries in the rose syrup for an hour if possible. Likewise marinade the blueberries in the rose liqueur for the same amount of time.
  2. Line a trifle bowl or other large round dish with the madeleines or sponge.
  3. Spoon the blueberries and any juice over the sponges, followed by the strawberries so there are distinctive layers of colour.
  4. Pour the custard over the fruit, making sure all are covered.
  5. Whip the cream until peaks form, but take care not to over whip. Spoon over the custard.
  6. Sprinkle the raspberries over the top along with any other sprinkles desired. If you can bear it, leave in the fridge or a cool place to firm up for an hour or so before eating.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
 

Shop Local BadgeShop Local is a monthly event highlighting the importance of shopping locally. Both my raspberries and strawberries are Cornish and bought locally as were the eggs with which I made my madeleines. Hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, this inspired event is very dear to my heart.

This was one of those Dead Easy Desserts that you can’t quite believe will turn out to be so good. Although it’s best to leave the fruit to marinade for a while, the assembly process itself takes less than 25 minutes. This event is normally hosted by Sarah of Maison Cupcake, but this month is being guest hosted by Manjiri over at Slice of Me. The theme this month is strawberries.

 

No Waste Food Challenge badgeAs the blueberries were really fed up of sitting in the fridge and crying out to be used, I am submitting this to the No Waste Food Challenge. Normally hosted over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diaries, it is being guest hosted by Laura this month over at I’d Much Rather Bake Than …

 

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      Choclette
      3rd August 2014

      Very good to hear this LL – if more of us did it, the high street would be thriving again.

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    belleau kitchen
    3rd August 2014

    strawberry rose…hello my love!… this sounds divine and having never been a huge trifle fan I think i’ve just fallen in love with this one. Plus I love that you used those chocolate madelines for this, that’s so perfect. And such a great idea to do something different for a birthday too!.. lucky CT x

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      Choclette
      3rd August 2014

      Strawberry and rose is such a wonderful pairing Dom – in fact I reckon rose is perfect with all the summer fruits. What’s not to love about trifle?

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    Karen S Booth
    3rd August 2014

    I was sad when Jude changed her blog name too, as I LOVE A Trifle Rushed – and also love this recipe too!

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      Choclette
      3rd August 2014

      Thanks Karen – maybe we should start a campaign to bring it back again!

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    Angie Schneider
    3rd August 2014

    This berry trifle looks heavenly! I don’t mind using store-bought products if quality guaranteed.

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      Choclette
      3rd August 2014

      Yes, absolutely Angie – it’s just it can often be quite hard to find good products.

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    Laura Denman
    3rd August 2014

    This sounds delicious. So fruity and summery and the perfect dessert when time is not on your side =)

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    Jude
    3rd August 2014

    It’s a fabulous recipe, and thanks so much for the kind mention. Hoping your having a wonderful summer in Cornwall, Brittany is heavenly ๐Ÿ™‚ Jude x

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      Choclette
      4th August 2014

      Thanks Jude. We’ve been having wonderful weather (touch wood) so have managed to get out quite a bit this summer. Sounds like you’re having a fabulous time.

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    Alicia Foodycat
    3rd August 2014

    I love having cake in the freezer for these moments! Best trifle I ever made was from a chocolate cake that had been *terrible*, a jar of brandied cherries that had been in the cupboard when my husband moved into the flat (he didn’t tell me that until after we’d eaten them) and chocolate custard made by whisking melted chocolate into bought custard. It was divine.

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      Choclette
      4th August 2014

      Now that sounds like a Black Forest trifle par excellence. Never would have thought to add chocolate to bought custard but that tip now firmly lodged in my brain.

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    Katie
    3rd August 2014

    I could eat a huge bowl of this right now. Love the diea of adding a little bit of rose for summer. Delicious

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      Choclette
      4th August 2014

      Thanks Katie, at this time of year fruit is crying out for a little bit of rose ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Sylvia F.
    3rd August 2014

    It probably is silly but I have never ever tried triffle yet ๐Ÿ˜€ It looks amazingly tasty!

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      Choclette
      4th August 2014

      How have you managed to get away with not having tried trifle Sylvia – still always good to have something to look forward to ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      5th August 2014

      Oh indeed you could make this Ola – you can always buy some trifle sponges.

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    Janice Pattie
    4th August 2014

    I do love a good trifle, but I had to laugh at how busy you are now that you are no longer in your job, I could be that busy too!

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    Jo
    4th August 2014

    This looks beautiful! I think I’ll always have a soft spot for trifle as it usually appears at Christmas and family birthdays. In the past I’ve popped slightly dudd/overcooked sponges in the freezer as they’re perfect for trifle-making emergencies!

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      Choclette
      5th August 2014

      Thanks Jo. That’s a very good point you make, I shall never look at an overdone sponge in the same light again.

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    Stuart Vettese
    4th August 2014

    I’ve only recently come round to the thought of trifles as an anytime dessert. I always associated them with Christmas. Not anymore!!

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      Choclette
      5th August 2014

      Oh absolutely not Stuart – trifle should be made and eaten whenever there is a need ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Alison
    5th August 2014

    This looks delicious. I have loads of fruit in the garden at the moment so this would be an ideal way to use it up

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      Choclette
      5th August 2014

      I am so envious of all your fruit Alison. Used to have loads at our old allotment but have trouble growing it in the new one.

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    6th August 2014

    So simple….. yet so perfect! My best trifles have been made with left over cakes dug out of the freezer and fruit remains skulking in the fridge! The combination of chocolate cake and fruit is so yum! Who needs a birthday cake when you can have a trifle like this???

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      Choclette
      7th August 2014

      I’m obviously a bit late to this left over cake in the freezer malarky Kate, but I’m glad I finally cottoned on ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Elizabeth
    30th August 2014

    A beautiful dessert! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge and Shop Local ๐Ÿ™‚

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