Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious whole food recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

A Trifle Rushed

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?

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Amaretto Pots au Chocolat

Dessert | 17th March 2014 | By

The Belgian chocolate brand, Godiva, recently launched its first ever chocolate challenge in the UK. The aim of the competition was to create the best ever chocolate dessert taking into account taste, texture and presentation. From a shortlist of ten, four finalists will be invited to create their desserts in front of a panel of judges, including William Sitwell and Mark Hix. The winner will have their dessert served in one of Hix’s London restaurants and all four finalists get a five star trip to Belgium. A nice prize all round and I was keen to get involved. I was sent some Godiva white and dark chocolate pearls to create a dessert for this very purpose.

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White Chocolate Yogurt Custard – So Smooth, So Creamy

White Chocolate Yogurt Custard

Dessert | 9th October 2013 | By

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 yogurt custard which I thought would go particularly well with a fruity crumble.

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Chocolate, Date & Walnut Trifle

Dessert | 7th January 2011 | By

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.
This was very different from a normal fruity trifle; different yes, but delicious just the same. It had an aromatic spicy taste from the Maya Gold and wasn’t too sweet. The light creamy top combined with the grounding damson soaked date cake and crunchy nuts gave a complementary mouth feel and taste.  This was an excellent way to use up a cake that wasn’t loved as much as it should have been. Two bowls at one sitting is, perhaps, sufficient.