The upcoming Christmas season is the perfect excuse for me to start trying out some delicious dessert recipes. This weekend was also a friends birthday, so I knew I would be making a Christmas Trifle to bring along to the party. I figured it would make a good practise run and I was pretty confident my friends wouldn’t mind doing some taste testing.Judging from the warm reception the desserts received at Bianca’s party, the Christmas Trifle will be making an appearance at the festive table this year. The idea for the Christmas Trifle came from the new Thermomix Festive Cookbook. I attended the Thermomix Festive Cooking Class in Coffs Harbour and although we didn’t make this recipe in the class it caught my eye as I flicked through the new Thermomix Festive Cookbook. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Thermomix because this Christmas Trifle is just as quick and easily to make by hand. I have given the traditional cooking method for this recipe so no Thermomix is needed. I did make the dessert initially in the Theromomix but I found two components in the recipe left a little to be desired. You will be pleased to know I have altered these in this recipe. If you do buy the Festive Cookbook I would urge you to ignore the ingredients and instructions for the mascarpone layer in the book. Just use my ingredients and instructions here for a foolproof recipe. Other than than this alteration it is a fabulous Chocolate Brownie Christmas Trifle. So would you like to know about the different layers of this trifle? We have a layer of deliciously moist, dense, chocolatey brownie. A layer of sweet raspberry coulis, a delicious Chantilly mascarpone layer and a milk chocolate custard. I have decorated the trifle with more mascarpone, fresh raspberry and flaked milk chocolate. The original recipe show the trifle made in one large trifle bowl but I like these neat little individual serves. I think sometimes trifle in a large bowl can lose some of the glamour you want in a dessert.
I took these little mini trifles to my friends party and I think they were a success. The recipe made about 30 serves and they disappeared in a flash! I noticed that a few people even went back for seconds and that always puts a smile on my face.
I think this would be a particularly good recipe to have up your sleeve for Christmas. The components can be made well ahead of time and stored in the piping bags ready for assembly.Have you started thinking about what dishes you will be serving for Christmas this year? Is a Christmas trifle a usual dessert in your family?
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