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?
Twitter can be a great place for stimulating ideas – who would have thought of yogurt custard? Well, following a Twitter conversation with Dom of Belleau Kitchen and Total Greek Yogurt a challenge was born. Dom was to have a go at making yogurt custard and I was going to try a chocolate version. Dark chocolate custard was what I had in mind as it would of course be delicious, but at the last minute I decided I would make a white chocolate custard which I thought would go particularly well with a fruity crumble.
As it happened, I never got around to making the crumble, which is a shame as, served hot, this custard would have been perfect for it. However, it made a fantastic dessert in its own right, served cold in individual bowls with a little grated white chocolate on top. It was such a lovely tangy and creamy custard and it didn’t form a skin. I can see this being made again.
Thanks go to Total Greek Yogurt for sending me this “cool” bag containing some of their delicious full fat Greek yogurt. I am a big fan and use it a lot, both in my baking and with savoury dishes. It’s a lovely treat on breakfast muesli or granola too. I’m familiar with the 500g tub and the smaller 170g size but I hadn’t realised until I was sent one, that they do a 1k tub too – how wonderful is that?
- 2 egg yolks (large)
- 40g vanilla (golden caster) sugar
- 400g Greek yogurt
- 50g white chocolate
Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings
Some of you may remember that I made this Date & Walnut cake for last month’s We Should Cocoa challenge. Well, with so many goodies on offer, this poor cake got sadly neglected – CT it seems, is also not a great fan of dates. It was a jolly good cake and one I shall make again – moist, tasty and luckily long lasting, but only a few slices were taken. With this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge being set to use up leftovers, I had initially thought I would use this cake as my offering. But what to do? Well not being blessed with a lot of creative imagination, I opted for the first thing that came into my mind – which was trifle. I then started to think this was perhaps a bit cheeky using virtually the same thing for two challenges in a row BUT by now my mind was very much set on making this trifle anyway. Julia of A Slice of Cherry Pie and Scott of Real Epicurean run a monthly blogging event which I am not usually able to enter, but the ingredients for In The Bag this month are chocolate, cream and nuts – well really! It was clearly meant to be. My cake already had the requisite chocolate and nuts in it – all I needed to do was add some cream. I did add a bit more chocolate and a few more nuts just to make sure though.
This is what I did:
- Cut three large slices of the date and walnut cake and cut them into roughly 1 inch cubes.
- Placed these into a glass bowl.
- Spooned over 6 tbsp of damson liqueur and a couple tbsp of orange syrup (leftover from the candied orange peel).
- Made 1 pint of custard, left to cool then poured over the cake pieces.
- Whipped 250ml double cream until it just held it’s shape then spooned this over the custard.
- Toasted a handful of slivered almonds.
- Grated 20g of Maya Gold then scattered over the cream.
- Finally scattered the almonds over the chocolate.