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A Trifle Treat

In case you don’t know this, I’m not one to walk away from a cooking challenge, so when Deadlines, the new imprint from Twelfth Planet Press, announces a Trifle Competition, to celebrate the release of A Trifle Dead by Livia Day,  well, I had to give it a go.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I do some work from Twelfth Planet, so  I won’t actually be submitting my recipe, as I don’t want to cause any issues for Alisa.

(ETA: I just realised how that sounds. It’s not that there’s an expectation that I will win, rather, since allegations of impropriety have been levelled at both Alisa and myself in regards to awards and competitions, I figure it’s better to remove myself and not leave either of us open to those types of allegations.)

My trifle starts with a raspberry jelly with a wild hibiscus flower set, not in a shot glass, but a long stemmed liqueur glass.

It’s then topped with a delicious vanilla custard. Now, I don’t say delicious lightly, as I’m not generally a custard person but I kept finding  excuses to test this custard, and then I had to fight The Boy for the leftovers.

After letting the custard set I placed a circle of Delicious Death chocolate cake in the glass. Then I placed a ring of chocolate cake on top of that to make a well, which I filled with a raspberry coulis.

Not being a huge fan of cream on its own, the glass was then filled with a cherry brandy syllabub that I had let separate, and topped off with a maraschino cherry.

And let me just say YUM. I don’t do trifle. I have never yet met a trifle I like. Until now. I will be making this again, and chances are I will probably partake of it.

Also, totally gluten free.

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Here’s a riddle:

What requires an electric drill, pliers, a grinder, a trowel, hammer and nails and a heat gun, 75 eggs, 2.5 kilos of chocolate, and a bottle of Drambuie get you?



13 kilos of yummy wedding cake goodness.

Behind the scenes stuff under the cut…lots of photos.


5 comments July 22, 2012


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