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Black Forest trifle

Black Forest trifle

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(24 ratings)

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

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 500ml tub ready-made chilled custard – look for one with real vanilla seeds
  • 100g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 400g chocolate brownies
    Chocolate

    Chocolate

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    Chocolate as we know it in pressed

  • 2 x 390g jars cherries in kirsch or similar
    Cherry

    Cherry

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    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

    Chocolate

    chok-let

    Chocolate as we know it in pressed

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.

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cvlewis1
26th Dec, 2015
This is indulgent but very tasty and very easy to prepare. We used some very dense brownies - it would have been better if we'd chopped them into pieces about half an inch square as they didn't soak so well as they were - but still delicious. We've made this three years in a row now at christmas time and it's always been a big hit.
Maggieandlisa
25th Dec, 2015
Followed recipe to the letter, chilled bottom of trifle, chilled topping. Unfortunately when I came to serve it it all separated. Very frustrated particular as I had done it for Christmas Day. Won't use it again. Grrh!
Raisin and Dates
17th Dec, 2014
What am i doing wrong, is there a reply to any query/question on this site, I have read through a good amount of questions, included my own but there doesn't appear to be a response to any? Where or how do you get them if there are any??
Raisin and Dates
23rd Dec, 2014
Hi there can you use Amerena Cherries for this recipe? Cant wait to make it but wanna make sure these are ok?
nataliefiorenza
17th Nov, 2015
Very late answer from someone but you could use any cherries in syrup for this!
Charlie24.93
7th Aug, 2014
5.05
So yummy and indulgent! Mixed some blackcurrant jelly cubes with cherry liquor (heated) so the bottom layer set.
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skincarez4u
7th Apr, 2014
This was AMAZING! Everyone agreed it was the best trifle they had ever had. now Easter will come soon so viewers are you ready to make this delicious recipe at your home? I will create a Easter Bunny Cake in our home, yummy all you invited :p here is the recipe to make Easter Bunny Cake - Easy Method http://virtualclinic365.blogspot.com/2014/04/easter-bunny-cake-easy-homemade-recipe.html
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marmiteetponpon
13th Mar, 2014
check this amazing black forest recipe from marmite et ponpon http://marmiteetponpon.com/2014/03/02/la-foret-noire/
koolk_2009
4th Jan, 2014
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
4th Sep, 2013
5.05
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.

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Lou_BT
22nd Dec, 2013
How far in advance can I make this? Many thanks
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goodfoodteam
22nd Dec, 2014
Hi Lou_BT and Raisin and Dates, thank you both for your question. The chocolate custard can be made the day before and kept covered in the fridge until you want to serve but for best results finish the assembly of the whole dish, particularly the cream layer and grated chocolate just before serving. 
Raisin and Dates
20th Dec, 2014
Hi there, was wondering if you got any response as to if you can make this in advance,,,,
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