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So, the after-school playdate/feeding a big family recipe for Sausages Baked with Squash hit the spot earlier this week (judging by a deluge of comments on social media) and now I’m back with pudding – a glorious Chocolate Trifle, made with fresh ingredients from Iceland and as seen on this week’s episode of Eat the Week (week 8).
If you haven’t tuned into Eat the Week on Channel 4 yet, you really must. The show is made in partnership with Iceland, and presented by Sunday Brunch front man Simon Rimmer. He shows us how to cook recipes that will make mealtimes fun again for families, while demonstrating how to reduce waste and save time with help from Iceland.
There are 10 episodes in the series of Eat the Week and Iceland asked me to cook along to some of the recipes in week 8, aimed at cooking for big families.
The chocolate trifle is an absolute joy of a recipe. You can use almost any chocolate cake as a base – the recipe suggests chocolate muffins, but we used chocolate swiss roll. You add chopped bananas and white chocolate buttons, and then pour over some marmalade (let down with water) in place of jelly – all available from Iceland, event the fresh ingredients!
Next comes the really fun part – making your own chocolate custard. I was a bit daunted by this, but it was actually really straight forward. I’ve made it three times now, and have had no curdling at all. If you can master the custard recipe, you’ll always have this on hand to make for pouring over sponge puddings, or crumbles. You can leave the chocolate out and add a little vanilla for a plainer option, too.
Once you’ve poured the chocolate custard over the sponge and fruit, you leave it to set.
Then it’s just a case of whipping up the cream topping which is made with whipped cream, Italian mascarpone cheese and vanilla. I make and pipe the topping on just before serving.
Here’s the recipe. You can thank Simon Rimmer.
*I’ve made a couple of changes – I think you can get away with half a jar of marmalade and also, I leave the custard as it is and don’t stir in the whipped cream as there’s plenty of cream on top.
Yield 8 portions
An indulgent home-made trifle using chocolate roll or muffins, fresh bananas, marmalade and buttons topped with a fresh chocolate custard and a mascarpone-vanilla cream. Perfect for playdates or to feed a crowd or a big family.
3-4 large chocolate muffins or one large chocolate swiss roll
Good glug of brandy (optional, leave out if making for kids)
2-3 bananas – sliced
75g white chocolate buttons
1/2* jar of orange marmalade – let down with 100ml hot water
6 egg yolks
125g caster sugar
300ml double cream
150g dark chocolate – chopped
200ml double cream – whipped (optional)
250ml double cream – softly whipped
250g mascarpone cheese
1 vanilla pod – seeds scrapped
To decorate – 100s and 1000s
- Break up the muffins or slice the chocolate swiss roll and put into a trifle bowl. Add a good glug of brandy, if using.
- Add the banana slices, chocolate buttons and then pour over the let-down marmalade.
- Custard – whisk the egg yolks and sugar and flour together.
- Bring the cream and milk to simmering point and then pour over the egg mix, a little at a time, whisking together well until smooth.
- Put the custard mixture back into the pan with the dark chocolate and stir until chocolate melts and the mixture thickens. Do this over a very low medium, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes. Transfer into a cool bowl. Cover with cling film and leave to cool completely.
- Once cool, fold in the whipped cream, if using. Pour the custard over the sponge/bananas/buttons.
- Topping – mix the cream, mascarpone and vanilla together until well combined. Pipe or spoon over the top and sprinkle with 100s and 1000s.
1 jar of marmalade reduced to 1/2 jar
I hope you get to try this recipe, or any of the others from Eat the Week – I have loved them!
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