This dish is inspired by trifle and tiramisu, taking some of the best elements of each
- 4 egg yolks
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 100ml white wine, not too dry
- 100ml marsala
- 284ml carton double cream
- 200g panettone
- 3-4 tbsp marsala
- 425g can pitted black cherry, well drained
- cocoa powder, for sifting
- holly, to decorate
MethodWhisk with an electric hand beater for 2 mins until lighter in colour and falling in thick ribbons. Continue to beat while gradually pouring in the wine, then the marsala. Pour this into a medium, preferably non-stick saucepan. Stir over a lowish heat until it thickens. It takes 5-7 mins, by which time it should thickly coat the back of the spoon and be light and frothy. Pour into a bowl and chill for 45 mins, or better still, overnight.
- 25g golden caster sugar
- 2 tsp custard powder
- 2½ tsp cornflour
- 350ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 vanilla pod, slit lengthways
- 200ml/7 fl oz tub half-fat crème fraîche
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 50g self-raising flour
- 2 tbsp wild blueberry ‘St Dalfour with no added sugar’ fruit spread
- 3 tbsp marsala
- 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
- zest 1 small lime
- 225g blueberries
- 200g / 8oz tub organic Greek yogurt
- 250g / 9oz tub light mascarpone
- 2 tsp golden caster sugar
- Make the custard: blend the sugar, custard powder and cornflour with 1 tbsp milk to make a runny paste. Beat in the egg yolk. Pour the remaining milk into a pan, scrape in the vanilla seeds, add the pod, then allow to come just to the boil. Stir this into the cornflour paste, then pour into a clean pan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring all the time, until thickened. Remove from the heat, then stir in the crème fraîche until smooth. Pour into a bowl, cover the surface with cling film to stop a skin forming, allow to cool, then chill until completely cold.
- Make the cake: heat oven to 180C/ fan 160C/gas 4. Lightly oil and line the base of a 20cm round cake tin. Put the sugar and eggs into a bowl. Whisk with electric beaters for 5 mins until very thick, paler in colour and the consistency of whipped cream. Sift over the flour and quickly, but lightly, fold it in. Spoon the mixture into the tin and carefully level it, being careful not to squash it. Bake for 25 mins until risen, then remove and cool on a wire rack. Peel off lining paper. Halve the cake so you have a semi-circle. (The other half can be frozen for another time.) Split the semi-circle in half with a knife, then sandwich back together with fruit spread.
- Put the sugar and lime zest for the fruit into a pan with 2 tbsp water. Bring slowly to the boil until the sugar has dissolved, then bubble for 1½-2 mins until syrupy. Tip in the blueberries, then cook very briefly, stirring once or twice only, just until they start to burst and release their juices (but still stay whole) and you get a purple syrup. Set aside to cool.
- The sponge and custard layers can be built up to 2-3 hrs ahead of when you want to serve. Cut the jammy sponge into cubes, then place in the base of a glass dish. Drizzle over the Marsala. Keep about ¼ of the berries back for the top, then spoon the rest over the sponge with a little syrup. Discard the pod from the custard, then pour it over the fruit.
- Just before serving, beat the yogurt, mascarpone and sugar together until smooth and creamy. Pile onto the custard, then drizzle over the reserved fruit and syrup. Use a skewer to swirl some of the juices through the creamy topping. Serve straight away or the syrup discolours the topping. This is best eaten the same day.
- In a bowl, lightly crush the berries with 25g of the sugar. Add a spoonful to the bottom of 6 small glasses, then set the rest of the berry mixture aside.
- Bring some water to a gentle simmer in a medium-size saucepan and tip the egg yolks into a large heatproof bowl. Halve and scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod into the egg yolks and add the remaining sugar. Using an electric whisk, beat until light and airy. Splash in the Marsala, place the bowl over the pan of simmering water, then whisk your heart out for 10-12 mins until the egg yolks are thick and foamy and the whisk leaves a defined trail. Drain off some of the juice, then ripple the remaining berries through the mousse and spoon into the glasses.
- 100g porridge oats
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 50g light muscovado sugar
- 50g butter
- 7-8 Cox's or russet apples, depending on size
- 25g butter
- 25g golden caster sugar
- 2 tbsp blackcurrant coulis (you will find it in small bottles in the chiller cabinet alongside the creams, or by the canned fruit)
- 500g carton fresh custard
- 284ml carton double cream
- Mix the oats, spice and sugar. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the oats and fry for about 5 minutes, stirring all the time, until they are lightly toasted and crisp (they become crispier still on cooling). Tip into a bowl and leave to cool.
- Peel, core and thickly slice the apples. Melt the butter in the frying pan until it is foaming, add the apples and fry quickly over a fairly high heat, flipping them over when they start to colour. Sprinkle over the sugar and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, until the apples are slightly softened. Leave to cool.
- Layer half the apples and almost half the oats in a glass serving dish, repeat, setting aside a few oats. Drizzle over the coulis, then spoon over the custard. Whip the cream until stiff, then spoon over the custard. Scatter over the remaining oats. Serve straight away or chill for up to 6 hours.