Black Forest trifle

Black Forest trifle

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(26 ratings)

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


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: per serving

  • kcal723
  • fat52g
  • saturates31g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars55g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.34g
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  • 500ml tub ready-made chilled custard – look for one with real vanilla seeds
  • 100g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 400g chocolate brownies



    Chocolate as we know it in pressed

  • 2 x 390g jars cherries in kirsch or similar



    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 300g tub double cream
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 25g icing sugar
  • grated chocolate, to decorate, and fresh cherries (optional)



    Chocolate as we know it in pressed


  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.

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4th Sep, 2013
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.
31st Jul, 2013
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!
11th Jun, 2013
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.
13th Apr, 2013
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.
5th Apr, 2013
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.
10th Mar, 2013
Hi, does anyone one know which bbcgoodfood cookbook this recipe is in?
22nd Dec, 2015
Hi, I know it's an old question, but it's in Make Ahead Meals.
30th Dec, 2012
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.
14th Dec, 2012
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!
9th Nov, 2012
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!


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