Before our beloved Dave and Lana moved from New York last month, I filmed a two part Dessert Death Match between the two of them. Part 1 is Dave’s acclaimed trifle:
Dave’s Orange Trifle Recipe
(adapted from Delia’s sponge cake and trifle recipes)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can mandarin oranges (or 8 oz of berries of your choice)
3/4 cup cherry vodka (or port, brandy, whiskey of your choice)
1 cup raspberry jam
20 oz heavy cream
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon corn flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 oz flaked almonds
Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl then add eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla, and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Prepare cake pan with parchment paper and butter, then pour batter in and bake for 30-35 minutes at 325 degrees (until the center springs back when pushed lightly with a finger). Loosen edges with a knife, then remove from pan to cool.
Make the custard by heating 10 ounces of the heavy cream in a small saucepan on medium heat until it is thoroughly warm but not boiling. Combine egg yolks, sugar, and corn flour in a small bowl, then pour into the heated cream on the stovetop. Whisk over low heat until thick, then remove from heat to cool.
Make whipped cream by using an electric whisk on 10 ounces of cream, sugar, and a little vanilla extract. Whip until peaks form.
Put almonds into a dry pan on the stovetop and toast on medium heat until they brown. Watch closely so they do not burn.
Now layer everything together. Put sponge cake into bottom of a large bowl (clear if you have one, for more beauty), and spread raspberry jam liberally over the top. Layer mandarin oranges (or other berries/bananas) on then pour in the booze and shake bowl around so the liquid soaks into the cake. Layer in all of the custard then all of the whipped cream. Top off with the almonds and serve.
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