Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister! We had so much fun cooking, styling, photographing & eating all the food for my sister’s birthday party dinner with family. There were 12 of us & it was supposed to start at 3pm but we took slightly longer getting the grazing board & countless photos done!! The most important thing was that my sister absolutely loved her birthday & her party was exactly just how she had imagined it would be. I made the birthday cake which was the Carrot Layer Cake recipe by Christina Tosi (which is also included in the In the Mix 2 Cookbook & on the Dani Valent website) My sister wanted all the food to team with the theme of neutrals & greens. The dessert was homemade ice creams with toppings, nibbles & sauces to compliment the ice cream.
We made this delicious trifle at our recent INSPIRE Christmas cooking class
INSPIRED TRIFLE IDEAS:
This is a favourite recipe my friend’s Mum used to make for us. The original recipe used 2 packets of port wine jelly instead of using the cherry “juice” to make the jelly.
You may also like to add cherry liqueur to the jelly 🙂
There are so many different combos for a trifle, use any kind of fruit – fresh figs, pomegranate seeds, passionfruit, mango, berries, kiwi fruit, then make a jelly to go, with that fruit even a wine or sparkling wine jelly.
Match it with your style cake a plain sponge, or try chocolate, orange or pistachio.
Then flavour your custard to match or use a lemon or lime curd for something different.
Top with fresh whipped cream & something for a bit of crunch your favourite nuts, biscuits, toasted coconut, chocolate.
- Black Forest Trifle
- 1 chocolate cake or chocolate sponge
- 1 x 600g jar morello cherries, keep the liquid
- 2 teaspoons gelatine power
- 1000g cream
- 100g flaked almonds, lightly toasted or coconut flakes
- 50g dark chocolate, or to taste
- Chocolate Custard
- 1000g milk
- 100g Corn Flour
- 150g dark chocolate, good quality (add more to taste)
- 150g sugar, or to taste
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 40g unsalted butter
- Black Forest Trifle
- Heat 100g of the liquid from the cherry jar for 3 mins/100 degrees/speed 1, add the gelatin & mix for 5 secs/speed 5.
- Add the rest of the liquid & mix for another secs speed 5.
- Using a strainer pour into your chosen glass trifle container or individual glasses (8).
- You can either add the cherries now & place into the fridge to set or place the cake in to soak up the cherry jelly & place the cherries on top & into the fridge to set. In a clean TM bowl whip your cream with the butterfly around 20 - 30 secs /speed 3.5-Time will vary depending on how fresh your cream is. Place the cream to one side & without needing to clean the bowl, place all the custard ingredients to the bowl. Cook for 15 mins 90 degrees speed 4 or until thick.
- Pour the chocolate custard on top of the cherry jelly & cake. Place into the fridge. Once it has cooled completely spread the top of the custard with cream & sprinkle with almonds & grated dark chocolate & or toasted coconut flakes & fresh cherries. Can be made the day before, although the cream is best done on the day of serving.
- I like to use the sponge cake from the Devil of a Cookbook replacing use 40g of cornflour with cocoa powder.
INSPIRE Christmas Cooking Class
I was so excited to put on a special class for Christmas with my friends, we had 30 guests for a Christmas sit down meal & it was all made in the Thermomix – we demonstrated how most the dishes were made & gave all guests a take home recipe booklet & edible gift pack. I collected fresh herbs & foliage from my friends & my Mum’s garden to help decorate the tables.
We spent weeks testing recipes & working on the menu. So much thought & effort, planning every detail. On the day of the class the venue we had booked to hold the class had a mains pipe burst & they were without water!! Panic – what to do? We had so much food!! We didn’t want to disappoint our guests by having to cancel the class. Thankfully one of my customers Maree who was attending the class owns the cafe’ Venus & was able to save our bacon – almost quite literally! And we were still able to put on our event – phew!!
So we were down almost 1.5 hours of prep & decorating time & working in a smaller space. However as soon as guests started to arrive it was all smiles!! We served each guest a welcome Strawberry & Rosewater Mocktail.
We were in such a rush I didn’t get to take a photo of our plated trio of dips which included my absolute favourite Thermie Green Avocado Dip & Beetroot Hummus with Dukkah & Cream Cheese, Lemon & Herb Dip on cucumber rounds with smoked salmon. We served these with my Christmas Spinach & Cheese Grissini plus Chia & Quinoa Crisps.
The main event was the Steamed Turkey Roulade stuffed with Roasted Rhubarb, Hazelnuts & Garlic Sage Butter, steamed pink eyes & garden greens with Cauliflower & Beetroot Salad with Egg Free Garlic Aioli & Turkey Skin Butter. (Check out Dani Valent’s butter video.)
Our trio of Christmas desserts were Arwen’s Black Forest Trifle, Sue’s Mini Pavs with Smolt’s Lemon Curd & Our awesome Christmas Profiteroles filled with Charlie’s Special Fruit Mince & Vanilla Bean and Brandy Crème Patisserie.
Everyone said they loved the class & asked if we were available to cater for them on Christmas day! As guests left with bellies full & inspiration high -they took their free gift from Chef Ellie Emmett The Real Food for Kids Cookbook calendar & helped themselves to fresh bay leaves & herbs as well as rhubarb from my garden.
It has been wonderful hearing how people have been trying our recipes at home & enjoying them again. I feel so privileged to share my passion for Thermomix cooking & fresh produce, I can’t wait till our next inspiring cooking session!