No Meal Planning Monday for me today as I've had a busy couple of weeks and feel all cooked out. I know that tonight we're having Souffled Macaroni Cheese and tomorrow it's the Roasted Pepper, Pancetta and Mascarpone Risotto that I never got around to making last week but beyond that it's anyone's guess!
Instead, though, I can tell you about this fantastic Tiramisu Trifle that I made at the weekend. This is just perfect for high days and holidays at any time of year. I've made it many times at Christmas and it went down very well at our outdoor barbeque yesterday.
The custard and mascarpone make it rich and creamy and the Amaretto/coffee combination make it smell amazing and taste even better. Oh, and of course it's easy to make too!
(adapted from Good Food Magazine, January 2003)
1/2 pint/300ml strong coffee
6 fl oz/175ml amaretto
500g tub mascarpone
500g fresh vanilla custard
9 oz/250g sponge fingers
3 oz/85g dark chocolate, chopped, plus extra to decorate
4 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
1) Pour the coffee and Amaretto into a wide dish.
2) Whisk the mascarpone and custard together using a hand whisk or blender.
3) Take a third of the biscuits and dip each one in the coffee/Amaretto mixture and then place in the bottom of a 2 litre serving dish.
4) Sprinkle a third of the grated chocolate over the biscuit layer and then follow with a third of the mascarpone and custard mixture. Repeat this process twice more to create three distinct layers.
5) Place the trifle in the fridge and leave for at least two hours or overnight.
6) Just before serving, sprinkle the trifle with the almonds and extra chopped chocolate.
Serves 8 - 10 generously