Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Forever Nigella #7 Iced Dreams: Chocolate Cherry Trifle

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice creamAuthor Unknown.
Back home, as kids, during the Summer holidays with scorching sun at 45C, apart from running around naked, building sand castles and playing in water to beat the heat...daily ice-cream treats were something we looked forward to. The dreamy softie ones in hues of pink,green, or pristine white, the corenettos loaded with nuts and chocolate, the indian kulfis flavoured with rosewater, saffron, pistachios, mango & almonds or the mouth-watering, tounge colouring Indian ice slush called gola ice we were spoilt for options. Although I must say my favourite has always been and will be the gola ice in orange, mango, kalakhatta (black grape juice) & many such cocktail flavours. It was fun to just wait for your turn to place the order while the gola wala (vendor) would put a big chunk of ice in his wonder machine (for us he was a magician, turning ice to frozen fantacy) & churn out crushed ice in a giffy, gathering it with his hand, shape it into a candy. A quick precise poke with the stick, a liberal drizzle of orange/red/rose/purple syrup, a squeeze lime, a pinch of the quintessential black salt & Voila! He would beam as we greedy kids would grab a couple of these & relish it with a loud sluuurp as we sucked the tangy sweet & salty syrup, chilled with the frozen ice to quench our thirst. 
I must confess that as adults now, we get so trapped up in our busy lives, we just forget how simplest of things can bring immense pleasure. Now that I live away from home & away from my gola wala (vendor), I try to make my own versions at home, but much creamier, fruitier and probably healthier. Then there are always the convenient tubs of dark chocolate, rocky road, cookie dough, Cornish clotted cream, vanilla etc that you can buy when you dont feel like bringing out the heavy machinery (the ice-cream maker of course). 
I am chuffed to be hosting this months Forever Nigella blogging event. I absolutely adore Nigella (not to mention my hussyband who does too for other reasons). I love the way she breezes through kitchen & whizzes up gourmet food, entertains friends and still manages to look like a million dollar note!I have most of her books but I think Forever Summer is my firm favourite.
I met Sarah at a potluck party and was instantly drawn to her warm & cheerful character and I am glad she let me host this months Forever Nigella. 
I have already made Nigella's strawberry ice-cream a gazillion times ever since I saw her make it on the Forever Summer series & didnt have alcohol for her Margharita Ice-cream recipe. Since the theme still says chilled desserts, I chose her Chocolate Cherry Trifle (to exhaust my stock of black cherries in kirsch from christmas), but made the chocolate cake from scratch (unlike her)!

A Reminder of the rules:
Forever Nigella #7 "Iced Dreams"
Challenge :To prepare and blog any Nigella recipe for iced desserts. Not limited to ice creams, sorbets and semifreddo but also any dessert that is best served icy cold.
Deadline : Sunday, July 31, 2011 by midnight your time.
Round up: The Next weekend.
There are: No rules about how often you must take part
No rules about stuff being secret until certain dates
No rules that everyone cook exactly the same thing
But just 3 rules:
1. Blog your entry by the deadline including:
a) the current Forever Nigella badge
b) a link to the Forever Nigella #7 post at
c) a link to the official Forever Nigella page at Maison Cupcake:
2. So not to breach Nigellas copyright you must NOT reproduce recipes verbatim as shown in her books. If using an original Nigella recipe, tell us which book it is from and/or where we find it online (see most likely sites below). If youve adapted the recipe in some way i.e. changed at least two ingredients or amended the method then its ok to publish the a recipe in your post but you MUST write the directions in your own words.
3. Tell us about your post by emailing me: debugcookingATgmailDOTcom and please c.c. sarahATmaisoncupcakeDOTcom with:
a) your name
b) URL of your post
c) a photo no more than 400 pixels wide.
Remember to tweet your post with the hashtag #forevernigella
Sarah at Maison Cupcake will retweet all those she sees!
PS: Your entry must have been published since the announcement post. You may only submit something from your archives if you republish it as a new post.
If you don't have any Nigella books check out these resources online:
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Chocolate Cherry Trifle
Ingredients (Adapted from Nigella's Recipe)
1 large chocolate pound loaf 

black cherry jam
60ml Kirsch+ 60ml Brandy
700g drained black cherries (I used the ones in Kirsch)
Chocolate Custard
90g Dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids, chopped
250ml milk
250ml heavy cream
6 egg yolks
85g sugar
25g cocoa
250ml Double cream
Dark Chocolate Shavings
Special Equipment: Large wide trifle bowl
Spread the chocolate cake slices with the cherry jam, and layer the bottom of a large wide trifle bowl. Pour the Kirsch+Brandy over the cake sandwiches, and then top with the drained cherries. Cover with cling & let it sit, while you make the custard.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Set aside. In a saucepan gently warm the milk and cream. Whisk the yolks, sugar, and cocoa in a bowl. Pour the warm milk and cream into the bowl whisking it into the yolks and sugar mixture. Stir in the melted chocolate, pour the custard back into the saucepan and Cook over a low heat until the custard thickens, stirring all the time. The custard will thicken as it cools and also when it's chilling in the refrigerator. Pour into a bowl to cool and cover the top of the custard with cling wrap to prevent a skin from forming.
 Once the custard has cooled, pour it over the chocolate-cherry layer in the trifle bowl, and leave in the refrigerator to set, covered in cling film preferably overnight or at least a couple of hours. Whip the double cream for the topping and pipe or spread it gently over the layer of custard. Decorate with chocolate flakes & some fresh cherries.


Astrid (…and the kitties too) said...

OMG this trifle looks like it is made for me!! Love your pics!

Jasmine said...

OMG, I only have 1 word: AWSOME!!
Awsome food, awsome pictures!!
You ARE shooting the most incredible, great pics!
xoxo honey!
Jasmine (Labna)

Simones Kitchen said...

What a fun event Arthi! I will try and join too!!

Mardi Michels said...

OOoh I think I have the PERFECT thing for this - AND I even made and photographed it before leaving for France for 6 weeks where kitchen stuff is not a given! Excited - a perfect choice for the summer!

Unknown said...

BRILLIANT challenge theme this month!... the ice cream maker is out and prepped!... so glad that Sarah has brought everyone together like this and we can all discover lovely new blogs like yours! xx

Janice said...

Oh that does look good! Off to have a look in my Nigella books and see what inspires me.

Unknown said...

That looks fabulous, and the photo composition superb. Will look forward to the challenge

Aveen said...

So glad to have found your blog, your photos and recipes are gorgeous. I love this month's theme (did you choose it?) and can't wait to make something iced and lovely :)

Debugcooking said...

Hey Aveen.. This blogging community is so wonderful isn't it? Oh and yes I did pick this months theme which is perfect for summer I guess;-)

Unknown said...

Brilliant challenge this month. I cannot wait to start making mine and eat it! :)

Choclette said...

Yeah, I might be able to manage this one. Shall start trawling through my domestic goddess! Your trifle looks amazing.

laura_howtocook said...

My entry has just been sent to you and Sarah in the nick of time, I hope you like it !
Your trifle looks so tempting, I myself have gone for the choc and cherry combination, one I very much enjoy!

eman said...


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