I am definitely enjoying the long weekend (Labor Day here in the US) and did not realize how truly and desperately I needed the day off :-). I have had a pretty productive weekend and will have some posts to show for the upcoming week, but I must say I am most happy with getting back in the kitchen and cooking/baking. It had been a while, and I decided to prep some of the items in our weekly meal plan.
|Saturday||Gulguph (favorite German bakery)||Grilled Chicken + Beef tips + Corn cobs+ Salad
Dessert: Triple Berry Trifle (see recipe below)
|Sunday||Left overs||Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon + Egg Noodles|
|Monday||Breakfast Egg + Coffee||Meatball Pasta Bake (with gluten-free pasta)|
|Tuesday||Berry + Banana+ Spirulina Smoothie||Vegetable Frittata|
|Thursday||Bircher Muesli||Vegetable Stir Fry + Brown Rice|
|Friday||Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie||Salad + Zucchini Corn Fritters|
The dessert on Saturday night was due to us have friends over for a BBQ/grill. The two desserts I remember growing up, that represented summer in New Zealand, were a trifle and a pavlova. For the BBQ, I decided on the trifle but with some upgrades to it. I must say it was a splurge and a keeper!!!
- 1-2 Sponge cakes ( I used about 1 & 1/2)
- 1/2 frozen berries
- 1/2 cup blackberry jam
- 1/3 cup marsala wine (madeira wine or sherry could be substituted)
- 8-10 fresh strawberries (sliced)
- 4 oz fresh raspberries
- 3-4 oz fresh blueberries
- 2 1/4 cups custard
- 1 cup heavy cream (whipped)
Take sponges out of the oven and let cool (if you would like my recipe for the sponges then let me know). You can also use store-bought.
While the sponges are cooling, make the berry compote. In a small – medium pot place put in the blackberry jam, marsala wine, frozen berries, slow heat until the jam is incorporated into the sauce and the berries have softened. Take off the heat and place on the side.
At this time I would also make the custard, which you can do two ways – with custard powder or by making an egg custard from scratch (let me know if you want this recipe, I know custard powder is not always easy to find in all grocery stores). I was a little lazy this time and used 2 1/4 cups of milk, 3 Tbsp of custard powder, 3 Tbsp sugar. Follow the directions for the custard powder and slowly heat until thick. Take it off the heat put cling wrap (glad wrap) directly on top of the custard to stop the custard creating a skin, as it cools.
Back to the sponges….cut the sponges in 1 to 1/2 inch cubes. Use ~ 1/2 the sponges and place randomly at the bottom of a glass dish, make sure you cover as much of the bottom, as possible, in a single layer.
Using a ladle, spoon 1/2 the berry compote evenly over the sponge.
Place 1/2 of the sliced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries over the compote layer.
The last of the first layer is the custard. Using a clean ladle, place 1/2 of the custard (about 1 cup) evenly over the berries. In the picture below my custard is still warm, as it needs to still be spreadable/able to be poured.
Repeat all 4 layers again. Top with the whipped cream and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours. You will have plenty of left overs, serves at least 12. Refrigerate the left overs as they will be great up to 4-5 days.
Let me know if you try it. Is there a favorite summer recipe you enjoy from your childhood?