Black Forest trifle

Black Forest trifle

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus cooling and chilling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

James Martin's indulgent trifle won't keep you in the kitchen for long but will impress guests at your next get-together

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
723
protein
7g
carbs
62g
fat
52g
saturates
31g
fibre
2g
sugar
55g
salt
0.34g

Ingredients

  • 500ml tub ready-made chilled custard – look for one with real vanilla seeds
  • 100g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 400g chocolate brownies
  • 2 x 390g jars cherries in kirsch or similar
  • 300g tub double cream
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 25g icing sugar
  • grated chocolate, to decorate, and fresh cherries (optional)

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Method

  1. Put the custard into a pan with the chocolate pieces. Gently heat, stirring, until the chocolate has melted into the custard. Cover with cling film and cool.
  2. Arrange the brownies in the base of a trifle bowl. Drain the jars of cherries, reserving the liquid, and scatter over the brownies. Drizzle over 100ml reserved liquid. Spoon the cooled chocolate custard over and chill while you make the topping.
  3. Lightly whip the cream with the crème fraîche and icing sugar until soft peaks form. Chill until ready to serve, then pile on top of the trifle and decorate with grated chocolate and fresh cherries, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2010

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koolk_2009's picture

Had to use tinned cherries, but turned out well as children and non-drinkers were having it. It was very rich, but delicious. I might try chocolate cake next time as the brownies didn't seem to absorb the liquid.

sofababe's picture
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I made this using muffins broken up rather than brownies, and I used a tub of frozen cherries (defrosted of course) with cherry juice drink as not everyone likes booze in puddings. It works so well and is a really easy but effective dessert. I took it to a friend's BBQ and it went down a storm. I don't like traditional trifle at all but I had more than one helping of this one, and so did a lot of other people.

Woody's picture

It's so easy to make, looks great & tastes even better! I've used muffins instead of brownies & they really work well! I've made it a couple of times & each time it's gone down really well. It's just delectable!

stirlingtheduck's picture

Use chocolate swiss roll (bought) for a lighter/cheaper option.. it works... and if you dont want to buy cherries in booze try one of non alcoholic coffee flavours ie vanilla or hazlenut... very nice, especially if kids are eating it.

heatherwillson's picture

This is so simple to make and looked great. I had trouble getting the cherries in Kirsch so I ended up using tinned pie filling and adding a liqueur to some of the juice. The juice is quite thick and I don't think I added enough liqueur so if I make it again ill revise the liquid part of this so the brownies are a bit more moist.

kaikins's picture

My husband is not a big fan of desserts but described this one as epic! I couldn't get cherries in kirsch or kirsch so used tinned cherries in a light syrup and a lot of cherry brandy to ensure the brownies were moist. Really gorgeous recipe that I will definitely do again.

caroline51279's picture

Hi, does anyone one know which bbcgoodfood cookbook this recipe is in?

siobainmoore's picture
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Very easy dessert to make! Was delicious but a bit sickly! I would make again for a crowd though as it was very easy and impressive once put together.

championcat's picture

I plan to make a version of this for Christmas, but mine's not going to be an expensive version. A while ago I made a chocolate cake that didn't rise as much as it should have (I make celebration cakes for a living - cakes not rising NEVER happens to me!!) so I froze it. I plan to use this cake, a couple of bags of frozen cherries from Sainsburys, I have cherry liquer in the cupboard so I'll soak them beforehand. May spread the cake with jam to add sweetness, as I would when making a regular trifle. Contemplating a layer of choc mousse before the choc custard layer as I think the custard will be a bit heavy (or possible skipping the choc custard altogether). A ltitle cream on top, some grated choc, a couple of cherries and voila!

frankthetank's picture
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This is definitely an expensive and rich dessert.
I made this for dessert when my partners colleagues came round for dinner and it went down a treat to say the least!
I had some trouble locating the cherries in Kirsch but eventually found them in Waitrose for £6.99 a jar, needed two of course.
I will definitely make this again. it was delectable!

woody4's picture

Help ! fresh custard mixed with the melted chocolate a disaster! would not set. Very expensive disaster :-\

scarymamma's picture
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I made this dessert as the 'easy' one of 3 desserts for a large family gathering. I changed the ingredients/quantities slightly and my version fed 16 people easily.
I substituted 4 broken up double chocolate muffins for the brownies (thought brownies would be too 'fudgy'.)
I used the same amount of cherries as recommended in the recipe and there was more than enough.
I doubled the amount of chocolate custard (divine and good enough to serve as a pudd in it's own right) and used Waitrose's Blegian plain chocolate (just remember to allow time for the custard to cool). I then topped the trifle with 500ml whipping cream, a crumbled flake (1 was enough) and some stoned fresh cherries. Absolutely delish and oh sooo easy :-)

lizleicester's picture
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Made my own chocolate custard with cornflour and cocoa powder. The cherries were in syrup rather than kirsch but otherwise followed the recipe using mini chocolate brownies from Tesco bakery. The feedback was good (I couldn't eat any myself as I have a dairy allergy so I have to trust the recipe!)

ewe2lambs's picture
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This was a great pud for christmas, didn't use the kirsch due to kids etc but everyone really loved this. Certainly to make again!! Yummy!

jojoricketts's picture
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This was really easy to make and tasted really great. Everyone that tried it loved and said that it felt like a grown up trifle. Will def be making it again and will be doing the chocolate custard again as was so easy and tasted great.

raeliz64's picture
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I made this for pudding on New Years day and it went down very well. I found some cherries in kirsch at Tesco, I think they just stock them for Christmas as I haven't seen them there before.
Hubby wasn't keen on the brownie base, so I may try chocolate swiss roll another time.

britkk5's picture
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Absolutely loved this!! I couldn't find cherries soaked in kirsch (I live in the American South.. cherries in kirsch are a little too exotic I think!) so used tinned cherries and soaked them in port (all I had in the house). Also, I can only get Ambrosia Devon custard so used that, and had to use sour cream in place of the creme fraiche. In spite of all that, it turned out fantastic! So easy to make, but looks oh so impressive. Can't wait to make it again, YUMMY!!

katiehook's picture
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This was AMAZING! Everyone agreed it was the best trifle they had ever had. Made some changes- swapped the cherries in kirsch for 2 tins of cherry pie filling (made it much cheaper) and just whipped double cream on it's own for the top. Making it again for Christmas day, top marks! :)

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