Summer Berry Trifle

 

Summer Berry Trifle

Ingredients

  • Summer Berry Trifle
  • This is a great summer dessert when berries are at their peak. It is better if you can make it ahead of time to allow the cake and berries to soak together. You can cheat and buy a store bought pound cake and custard to make it a really easy dessert.
  • serves 8
  • 4 cups assorted berries – strawberries- sliced, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, washed (reserve some fresh berries for garnish)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 8-inch sponge or pound cake, cut into1-inch pieces, about 8 cups (see recipe below)
  • Cointreau (orange liquor) or Chambord (raspberry liquor)
  • 4 cups Bird’s custard, cooled or store bought custard (or see recipe below)
  • 3 cups whipped cream, sweetened
  • Fresh berries, toasted almonds, and mint sprig to garnish

Instructions

In a bowl add berries and sugar and gently toss. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.

In a large trifle bowl, add 1/3 of cake pieces and sprinkle liquor over cake. Add 1/3 of berries on top of cake. Add 1/3 of custard over berries, followed by 1/3 of whipped cream. Repeat the process until you have whipped cream on top. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Can be made up to 8 hours ahead of time.

Before serving, garnish with fresh berries, toasted almonds and mint sprig.

Pastry Cream

Makes 4 cups

2 cups milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons vanilla

6 egg yolks

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, add yolks, 1/4 cup sugar and whisk to combine. Add flour and whisk to combine.

In a medium saucepan, bring milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla bean just to a boil.

Temper the milk into the egg mixture and then cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook for another minute and remove from heat and add butter and stir until melted and incorporated. Add vanilla extract if you didn't use a vanilla bean. Pour cream through sieve into storage bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap and cut slits over to allow steam to escape. Refrigerate until needed.

Pound Cake

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter – room temperature, plus more for the pan

1 ½ cups sugar

3 large eggs + 3 large yolks, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)

1 ¾ cups cake flour + more for the pan

1/2 teaspoon salt

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.

In a standing mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter and salt at medium high speed until shiny, smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl once with a rubber spatula. Reduce the speed to medium with the mixer running, gradually pour in the sugar (this should take about 60 seconds). Once all the sugar is added, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is fluffy and almost white in color, 5 to 8 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl once. With the mixer running at medium speed, gradually add the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream; this should take 60 to 90 seconds. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl; beat the mixture at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes (the mixture may look slightly broken.) Remove the bowl from the mixer; scrape the bottom and sides.

In 3 additions, sift the flour over the butter/egg mixture; after each addition, fold gently with a rubber spatula until combined. Scrape along the bottom of the bowl to ensure that the batter is homogeneous.

Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Bake until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 70 to 80 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes; invert the cake onto a wire rack, then turn the cake right side up. Cool the cake on a wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours.

Slice and serve. This pound cake also freezes well.

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