Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
We have the British to thank for the decadent-looking dessert called a trifle. A trifle is similar to its smaller cousin, the parfait, in the sense that both use layers of fruit, cake, custard and whipped cream.
traditional English trifle, however, is meant for decoration as much as for consumption, meaning it quite often appears as a centerpiece on formal dinner tables. In fact, many of the more elaborate trifle recipes are meant to be served in specially designed trifle bowls.
A traditional English trifle uses cubes of stale sponge or pound cake, which may later be soaked in alcoholic sherry or port wine. Non-alcoholic fruit juices may be used as substitutes. These cubes are layered with fruit compotes or jams in the trifle bowl.
form of vanilla custard may also be mixed into the layers - some recipes call for very firm or solidified custard. Nuts or layers of whipped cream may be added for variety.
A trifle may no longer be featured as a centerpiece for the dining table, but it does make an impression on the dessert table. A trifle is usually served with the aid of a large serving spoon and individual bowls. There's usually no need to make very deep cuts into the trifle, since all of the ingredients are present throughout the dish.